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The Lather Effect
The Lather Effect
Actors: Tate Donovan, Ione Skye, Eric Stoltz, David Herman, William Mapother
Director: Sarah Kelly
Genres: Comedy, Drama
UR     2008     1hr 35min

If the '80s were the ultimate party, welcome to the hangover. The Lather Effect is an ensemble comedy about a group of high-school friends in their mid-30s who reunite for an out-of-control 'Come As You Were' weekend. But ...  more »


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Actors: Tate Donovan, Ione Skye, Eric Stoltz, David Herman, William Mapother
Director: Sarah Kelly
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Alice H. (singlegalkansas) from TOPEKA, KS
Reviewed on 2/18/2009...
This was a good movie, not great but good and enjoyable watch. It had a great 80's soundtrack, 80's vibe and good acting, plot and storyline could have been tighter...
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

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One of the sharpest comedies around
Louise Bagshawe | 01/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a brilliant little film. Eric Stolz gives a blinding performance as the lead in what has been called a 'Big Chill' for 80's kids. It's the morning after a massive party, and the group of friends cleans house, revisting the previous night. It's pretty compelling if you're in your 20s-40s and wondering if you wound up with the right person, if life is set. The film manages to be bittersweet yet unpretentious and the script by Sarah Kelly and Tim Talbott is utterly hilarious. Wish there was a higher than five star rating."
"The Lather Effect" is Deja Vu all Over, Again
George McAdams | Alabama, USA | 06/23/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

""The Lather Effect" isn't a typical three star-rated movie,insofar as it went from trying to be a "A 'Big Chill' for Generation X!," as the banner across the front of the DVD case extolled, to being a credible movie about never being able to go back and relive those days of ones youth.

The cast, consisting of Connie Britton, Sarah Clarke, Tate Donovan, Peter Facinelli, David Herman, Caitlin Keats, William Mapother, Ione Skye and Eric Stoltz, were strong enough for this movie, but they never quite lifted it from being an "B" feature, because it was trying too hard to be "The Big Chill," and a couple of other movies, such as "Risky Business," et. al., but just didn't try to build on itself for the first 30 minutes.

Then, David Herman, as Corey, the "famous" one of the lot, makes a revelation that upends the dynamics of the group, and Connie Britton and William Mapother, as star-crossed lovers, are drawn together, again, and the other characters settled-down and build on themselves, as they are, rather than what they used to be.

The "Lather Effect," an "effect" that was explained as when the second application of shampoo is used (you know, shampoo, rinse and re-apply shampoo) the lather is thicker.... which, somehow, never worked out that way for me... I always thought it was just a way the shampoo folks had for getting you to use twice as much shampoo, but I digress. Give "The Lather Effect" a watch, but don't let the first 30 minutes defer you from a decent movie. Had the first 30 minutes been stronger, I would have given this movie four stars.

Cute movie, but not "The Big Chill" for the 80's
Get What We Give | Georgia | 06/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This was a pleasant movie that showcased some interesting characters and dropped them in a bit of a contrived situation. However, it was not "The Big Chill" for those of us graduating school in the 80's. I'll grant you that there were some interesting choices made with characters, such as Eric Stolz's, in that he was not supposed to be a contemporary of the rest of the cast, but rather a bit older and a bit of a joke even when they'd been in school and yet now he'd reached a point where he was accepted by the "gang". I liked that the women who had the hots for the stud way back when didn't go forward with meeting him, because you can't go back and it made a point of that.

On the whole, though, it just seemed a bit light. It wasn't as deep or meaningful as it could have been. There was much ground they could have covered with the characters, such as Peter Facinelli's - the kid brother who they all believe is selling dope out of the basement - but it just wasn't mined.

Good, but not a full meal - so to speak."