A comedy drama that can spawn smiles as well as frowns, "Greenberg" is among this week's latest Blu-ray releases.
Ben Stiller is particularly effective as Roger Greenburg, a 40-year-old whose life is something of a wreck, which he blames on a "bad" decision made years ago. After spending time going through psychiatric treatment, Roger leaves New York for Los Angeles, where he bunks with his successful brother and his family.
In California, Roger hopes to put his life on the right track. He tries but there are some things he can't change. He's not much on making conversation with others. Roger has a mean streak and he can't help annoying people.
Roger's only hope is his girlfriend Florence (Greta Gerwig), who isn't exactly stable herself. The film's strong point is Stiller, known mostly for outlandish comedies. Here he is given a more serious role and manages to pull it off.
Other Blu-ray releases:
"Insomnia" (Warner Brothers, 2002, $24.98): Al Pacino plays an LAPD detective who heads to Alaska for an investigation. He finds sleep hard to come because it's that time of the year when the sun even shines at midnight. This entertaining psychological thriller also stars Robin Williams (in a grim role) and Hilary Swank. Recommended.
"Our Family Wedding" (20th Century Fox, 2010, $39.99): It's a clash of cultures when an African-American, Marcus Boyd (Lance Gross), and a Latina, Lucia Ramirez (America Ferrera), decide they want to get hitched. Papa Boyd (Forest Whittaker) and Papa Ramirez (Carlos Mencia) aren't exactly thrilled by the upcoming union and they let their feelings be known.
"Chloe" (Sony, 2010, $34.95): Julianne Moore plays Catherine Stewart, who suspects her husband, David (Liam Neeson), is cheating on her. So she hires call girl Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to find out if David can be enticed to sleep with another woman. It turns out that Chloe is not just another lady of the night.
"In Bruges" (Universal, 2008, $26.98): Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are hit men who, after a job doesn't go exactly as planned, hide out in Bruges, Belgium. Meanwhile, in London, an angry crime boss (Ralph Finnes) isn't particularly happy with the duo's performance.
"Caught in the Crossfire" (Lionsgate, 2010, $29.99): In this direct-to-video movie, Adam Rodriguez and Chris Klein play two Michigan police detectives who investigate a crime. They soon discover a lot of people don't want them on the case. Ruthless gang members and crooked cops are out to stop them.