DVD releases

  • Wed Sep 5th, 2012 3:43pm
  • Life

“2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season”

Although the series fell into some comedy ruts in the final episodes of the first season, there are still enough laughs on the menu for this show about two waitress from opposite sides of the track who work and live together.

Beth Behrs continues to play the comedy way over the top. And the writers have gotten a little lazy with the street-tough character played by Kat Dennings, who has gone from telling jokes about dealing with a hard life to those of a sexual nature. But these women are still the most energetic team in any TV comedy.

Grade: B-

“The Five-Year Engagement”

An engaged couple have trouble getting to the altar. Jason Segel stars.

Director Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the script with Segel, has created a jumbled mess of a film. At times it wants to be a wild comedy. Then it quickly shifts to deep conversations about love and commitment. Stoller’s inability to blend these comedy and drama aspects leaves both parts a mess.

“The Five-Year Engagement” might have worked if it had a faster pace, more focus on the comedy, a better leading pair and a stronger plot device.

As it is, divorce yourself of any ideas of seeing it.

Grade: D

Also coming

• “Person of Interest: The Complete First Season”: Two men stop crimes before they start.

• “Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season”: Parallel universes continue to collide.

• “Criminal Minds: Season 7”: An elite team of FBI profilers track twisted lawbreakers.

• “The Good Wife: The Third Season”: Julianna Margulies stars.

• “Tom &Jerry: Tricks and Treats”: Includes 22 cartoons.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)