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  • Miss Congeniality [2001] Miss Congeniality | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £2.75  |  Saving you £15.10 (79.50%)  |  RRP £18.99

    It's a good thing Sandra Bullock knows her strengths and weaknesses, because without Bullock as star and producer, Miss Congeniality would be an insufferable mess as opposed to being a mildly enjoyable trifle that is custom-made for Bullock's established screen persona. Here she plays nerdy FBI agent Gracie Hart, who is given the horrific pseudonym Gracie Lou Freebush (one example of the film's juvenile tendencies) when assigned to infiltrate a beauty pageant to investigate threats of a terrorist attack. Transforming Bullock from frumpy to stunning is a piece of cake (although she gives pageant coach Michael Caine a run for his money), so the film's premise is trivial at best. More enjoyable is her character's uncouth disdain for pageant contestants and her mistaken perception that they're all a bunch of bimbos. The film nicely charts Gracie's realisation that her pageant makeover provides a much-needed ego boost. In addition to Caine's effortless scene-stealing, pageant host William Shatner and organiser Candice Bergen are smart choices for comedic support (Shatner is a perfect Bert Parks wannabe), but the film desperately needs a credible foundation for its comedy to really pay off. None of the plotting is as smart as predecessors like Beverly Hills Cop in combining procedure with laughs. That leaves Bullock to carry the burden of a comedy that barely works in her favour. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Down With Love [2003] Down With Love | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £3.57  |  Saving you £12.42 (77.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When best-selling feminist author Barbara Novak (Zellweger) becomes the target of dashing playboy Catcher Block (McGregor) the sparks they generate will fly you to the moon and back! Set in the early sixties every frame pops with 60's technicolour.

  • 13 Going On 30 [2004] 13 Going On 30 | DVD | (06/12/2004) from £2.99  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It is 1987 and Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood. The problem is that adulthood is just not arriving fast enough! She's suffocated by her dorky parents ignored by the hip kids in school and the cute guy she has a crush on barely knows her name. No longer content to spend time only with her best friend and neighbour Matt Flamhaff Jenna invites the cool kids to her 13th birthday party which turns into a disaster. Jenna is humiliated when she's locked in the cl

  • 27 Dresses [2008] 27 Dresses | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £2.08  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Katherine Heigl is delightful as Jane, a self-effacing Gal Friday so addicted to organizing weddings in her off time, that 27 Dresses opens with her character juggling two nuptials on the same night. A perpetual bridesmaid, Jane's hobby is discovered by a matrimony reporter named Kevin (James Marsden), who hides a romantic side behind his wall of cynicism. While Kevin gradually develops feelings for Jane, the latter's superficial sister, Tess (Malin Akerman), pursues George (Edward Burns), Jane's boss and the object of her love. This romantic circle could go on forever, except that Jane is unexpectedly moved by Kevin despite her general irritation with him and without knowing that he's on the verge of sandbagging her with a ridiculing article in his newspaper. The situation is absurd, but the emotions are not. Heigl is very good, rooted in a long tradition of comely comediennes playing characters who fly under the radar of life. She makes Jane's pain palpable and conveys her character's inability to say no without making her look unappealing or weak. Marsden perfectly captures the part of a rumpled, underdressed writer with repressed passions, Akerman is as convincingly shrewish here as she was in The Heartbreak Kid, and Burns is fine as one of those guys so busy saving the world he barely pays attention to the people in his life. The script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) is fun if predictable, and Anne Fletcher's direction is vibrant. --Tom Keogh

  • New In Town [DVD] [2009] New In Town | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Renee Zellweger plays Lucy Hill a high-powered professional who ends up as the proverbial fish out of water when she is sent from her luxurious Miami lifestyle to folksy Minnesota on work. The locals don't quite meet her with open arms and the weather is just as welcoming but she eventually finds herself fitting in. When work commitments mean she has to do something which will damage the community she has to reassess what she wants and find a way to save the town.

  • How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days [2003] How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £2.52  |  Saving you £12.43 (69.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kate Hudson twinkles as the heroine of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. She's a magazine writer assigned to date a guy, make all the mistakes girls make that drive guys away (being clingy, talking in baby-talk and so on) and records the process like a sociological experiment. However, the guy she picks-- Matthew McConaughey--is an advertising executive who's just bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days; if he succeeds, he'll win a huge account that will make his career. The set-up is completely absurd, but the collision of their efforts to woo and repel creates some pretty funny scenes. McConaughey's easy charm and Hudson's lightweight impishness play well together and the plot, though strictly Hollywood formula, chugs along efficiently. At moments Hudson seems to channel her mother, Goldie Hawn, to slightly unnerving effect. --Bret Fetzer

  • Bend It Like Beckham [2002] Bend It Like Beckham | DVD | (19/11/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Who wants to stay at home and cook Aloo Gobi when you can Bend a Ball Like Beckham? A celebrated British comedy about bending the rules to reach your goals two 18 year olds have their hearts set on a future in professional women's football but their terrific talent isn't enough to persude their parents that it wouldn't be better if they were to settle down with a 'nice' boyfriend...

  • The Producers [2005] The Producers | DVD | (24/04/2006) from £4.09  |  Saving you £15.27 (76.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This remake of Mel Brooks' 1968 film features Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the roles that they originated in the smash Broadway adaptation of the original film.

  • About a Boy [2002] About a Boy | DVD | (02/12/2002) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The film version of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy takes a deeper though no less entertaining approach than the easy laughs of Fever Pitch and High Fidelity. The "coming together" of idle playboy Will (Hugh Grant) and put-upon loner Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) is a revealing tale of self-understanding and role reversal. Will finds that being yourself is of little consequence without a defining human context, while Marcus finds that pleasing others counts for little without a degree of self-confidence. How they arrive at this complementary awareness is the intriguing subject matter of the film, involving well-meaning single mothers, difficult adolescents and helpless older adults. Yet there's a wider significance to all this in the guise of human stereotypes--how we fall into them and how we can try to get out of them. The film's wit and amusement comes down to deft and understated directing from Chris and Paul Weitz, and a snappily crafted screenplay from Peter Hedges and the Weitz brothers. Grant clips his hair as well as his vowels for a believable and ultimately sympathetic Will--by far his best performance since Four Weddings and a Funeral. As Marcus, Hoult is convincingly self-dependent, but could have been even more self-absorbed. Toni Colette is a dead-ringer for the well-meaning but ineffectual hippie mother Fiona, while Rachel Weisz gives her best screen performance to date as the attractive and vulnerable Rachel, with whom Will comes of age emotionally. Badly Drawn Boy's soundtrack will delight those who enjoy his brand of reconstituted 1970s Dylan; the title track has a wistful charm and there's a gem of an instrumental in the "Countdown" sequence. About a Boy is in the best traditions of British comedy: enlightening as it amuses, it's a film to enjoy and come back to. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Bowfinger [1999] Bowfinger | DVD | (01/05/2000) from £6.87  |  Saving you £3.12 (31.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Film-makers often remark that it's just so hard to make a bad picture that few would take on the challenge if they weren't so naive. Steve Martin's Bobby Bowfinger is cut from that pattern, one of those sweet, indomitable operators of Hollywood who seem to be descended directly from Ed Wood (of Plan 9 from Outer Space infamy). To resurrect his ramshackle existence, Bowfinger opts to film his accountant's sci-fi spectacular,Chubby Rain, about aliens invading in raindrops. The snag is he needs to attach action megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), an actor so paranoid he counts the occurrences of the letter "k" in scripts to uncover possible Ku Klux Klan influences. When his effort fails, Bowfinger hits on an ingenious scheme to film Ramsey without his knowledge, throwing his actors at the hapless star whenever he appears in public. Only Kit begins to believe he's being hounded by aliens for real, and runs hysterically to his guru (Terence Stamp) at a Scientology-clone group called MindHead, where people walk around in fine suits wearing white pyramids on their heads. Deprived of his star, yet not to be undone, Bowfinger hires a look-alike, Jiff (also Eddie Murphy), to fill in. The tone of the picture is sometimes flat, rather than deadpan, but that's nitpicking. The farce is quick and engrossing, and populated with terrific performances, especially by Eddie Murphy, whose dual role as Kit and Jiff showcases his character-building gift, and by Martin, whose Bowfinger, part con man and part would-be visionary, manages to capture your sympathies. Heather Graham's would-be actress cheerfully sleeps her way to the top like she knows she's supposed to, and Christine Baranski plays her shopworn method actor with myopic self-absorption. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com

  • Valentine's Day [DVD] Valentine's Day | DVD | (12/07/2010) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A love story. More or less. Valentine's Day follows the intertwining storylines of a group of Los Angelinos as they find their way through romance over the course of one Valentine's Day. Directed by veteran film maker Garry Marshall the film features a star studded ensemble cast.

  • Two Weeks Notice [2003] Two Weeks Notice | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £2.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (71.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Although Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant display little on-screen romantic chemistry in Two Weeks Notice, by having them do what they do best the film manages to work around the missing key ingredient. Bullock is on top form as a bumbling but clever woman who is left ashore by her eco-warrior boyfriend and begins to work (against her better judgement) for Grant, the well-spoken and charming yet inept public face of a multi-million-pound building empire. Although sparks conspicuously fail to fly between them, the two make for genial pals and, as a result, the fact that little romance is evident until the end is actually a bonus. It would be easy to dismiss this as just another Hollywood star vehicle, a formulaic rom-com that could have been produced anytime in the last 50 years or so. But it is impossible to deny that, although offering nothing new, the script does at least work well. In casting the stars exactly to type, making no social comment and leaving the audience happily gorged on feel-good vibes by the end, if nothing else Two Weeks Notice at least offers universal appeal. --Nikki Disney

  • Must Love Dogs [2005] Must Love Dogs | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £4.19  |  Saving you £14.80 (77.90%)  |  RRP £18.99

    The hardest trick is making them stay.. Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) is a newly divorced woman cautiously rediscovering romance with the enthusiastic but often misguided help of her well-meaning family. As she braves a series of hilarious disastrous mis-matches and first dates Sarah begins to trust her own instincts again and learns that no matter what it's never a good idea to give up on love!

  • Surviving Christmas Surviving Christmas | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £2.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (81.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    It's madness mischief and mayhem when rich executive Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) decides to rent himself a family for the holidays. Tired of spending Christmas alone Drew makes the Valcos (James Gandolfini Christina Applegate and Catherine O'Hara) an offer they should have refused. Now their annoying guest and his outrageous demands are turning their Noel into a nightmare in this hilarious slapstick comedy that puts the fun in family dysfunction.

  • Stranger Than Fiction [2006] Stranger Than Fiction | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £4.72  |  Saving you £13.27 (73.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Stranger Than Fiction"" is an inventive comedy about a novelist (Emma Thompson) struggling to complete her latest and potentially finest book - she only has to find a way to kill off her main character Harold Crick and she'll be done. Little does she know that Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is inexplicably alive and well in the real world and suddenly aware of her words. Fiction and reality collide when the bewildered and hilariously resistant Harold hears what she has in mind and realizes he must find a way to change her (and his) ending.

  • Remember Me [DVD] Remember Me | DVD | (26/07/2010) from £3.29  |  Saving you £16.70 (83.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

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  • Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood [2002] Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood | DVD | (24/03/2003) from £4.95  |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Grab your tissues and send the guys away, because Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is the most pedigreed chick-flick since Steel Magnolias. You can tell by the title and the novelish names of the Louisiana ladies from Rebecca Wells' precious bestseller. First there's Sidda (Sandra Bullock), a successful playwright still wrestling with her manipulative mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), after a traumatic upbringing. Then there's long-time friends Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), Necie (Shirley Knight), and Caro (scene-stealer Maggie Smith), from Vivi's secret club of "Ya-Ya Priestesses", together since childhood and determined to heal the rift between Sidda and her mum. Through an ambitious flashback structure (including Ashley Judd as the younger Vivi), screenwriter and first-time director Callie Khouri (who wrote Thelma & Louise) establishes a rich context for this mother-daughter reunion. There's plenty of humour to temper the drama, which inspires Bullock's best work in years. Definitely worth a look for the curious, but only fans of Wells' fiction will feel any twinge of loyalty. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Women [2008] The Women | DVD | (16/03/2009) from £2.95  |  Saving you £17.04 (85.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A remake of George Cukor's classic 1939 film The Women is based upon Clare Boothe Luce's play centred around the trials and tribulations of four female friends. Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) is a clothing designer who seems to have it all - a beautiful country home a rich financier husband an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening) leads another enviable life - a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes) a sultry 'spritzer girl' lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie's relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends including mega-mommy Edie Cohen (Debra Messing) and author Alex Fisher (Jada Pinkett-Smith) all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships.

  • Little Nicky [2000] Little Nicky | DVD | (14/05/2001) from £5.58  |  Saving you £13.26 (66.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In Little Nicky, Adam Sandler plays the sweetest of three sons of Satan (Harvey Keitel), who's got to go to Earth and retrieve his nasty, power-hungry brothers lest they take over Hell and make it a thoroughly evil place. As with Sandler's other films, this weird premise (based oh-so-loosely on King Lear) is just an excuse to trot out a hodgepodge of comic bits and cameo performances. Admittedly, a lot of the jokes don't work (there was no need to repeat the one about shoving a pineapple up Hitler's ass) but the ones that do tend to be more memorable than the ones that don't, making for a pretty funny movie, when all is said and done. Sure, it's hard to overcome Sandler's speech impediment du jour, not to mention that romantic subplot with Patricia Arquette but it can be done by focusing on the brilliant cameos by Regis Philbin, Reese Witherspoon, Ozzy Osborne, and Henry Winkler (especially when he's covered with bees), as well as one of the funniest uses of a scene from De Palma's Scarface in years. Supporting Sandler throughout are two very funny heavy metal disciples and a bulldog named Beefy (voiced by Robert Smigel, the man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog). And, in an almost unrecognisable cameo, that's Clint Howard as the cross-dressing fetishist named "Nipples".--Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com

  • Definitely, Maybe [2008] Definitely, Maybe | DVD | (16/06/2008) from £3.01  |  Saving you £12.98 (81.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Definitely Maybe features Ryan Reynolds stars as Will Hayes a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992 as a young starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. Will hopelessly attempts a ""PG"" version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess who is the woman her father finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart the dependable girl next-door Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante the apolitical April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz)? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending.

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