My Mom’s New Boyfriend (Sony, 2008) D: George Gallo, w/ Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan. Rating: NN; DVD package: NN
In the nothing-special making-of doc, writer-director George Gallo tells us he conceived My Mom’s New Boyfriend with Blake Edwards in mind, but Gallo isn’t in the same league as the man behind gems like The Pink Panther and The Party. Edwards is all about timing and restraint; Gallo is all sloppy compositions and people yelling and waving their arms around.
Still, it’s an amusing story and features enough high-powered talent to make an okay renter.
Colin Hanks plays Henry Durand, a tight-ass FBI agent who, after three years’ absence, discovers that his frumpy, depressed mother has morphed into a gonzo hottie (Meg Ryan) with a string of boyfriends, the latest of whom is an international art thief (Antonio Banderas). Henry has to spy on Mom.
Ryan has a ball as the larger-than-life mom, relishing every overstated gesture, while Banderas goes in the opposite direction, playing it almost like a straight romance. Sadly, Hanks is neither repressed nor goofy enough to be really funny, but he’s fine opposite others, particularly Selma Blair, whose crisp delivery would be right at home in a Blake Edwards movie.
EXTRAS Making-of doc, deleted scenes. Widescreen and full-screen. English, French audio. English, French, Spanish, Chinese subtitles.