R Dir: Russ Parr | Image Entertainment | 104 min.
Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
Zenobia (Nicole Ari Parker), Phil (Keith Robinson), Victoria (Tamala Jones), and Cleavon (Kevin Hart) have been friends since childhood, but now they’re adults now and in their mid-thirties. While all have been able to find success in life, as they’ve gotten older, each has realized something is missing in their lives. Phil is married with children, but he struggles because his wife refuses to grow up and focus on her family. He works hard and loves his family, but Phil has found himself in a situation that prevents him from being happy. Zenobia also has marriage issues, as she is married and loves her husband, but the two can’t get on the same page when it comes to starting a family. Victoria has been able to build an impressive professional life for herself, but she never found her true love and now that weighs upon her. And while Kevin’s wild ways have given him a lot of fun memories, even he starts to think perhaps there is more to life then this. As the four friends search for what they need, will they find the key to happiness and if so, will be somewhere they never expected?
I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, so 35 & Ticking wasn’t a film I was all that excited to watch. But I am glad I took a chance on the movie, as it turned out to be solid entertainment. This is indeed a romantic comedy, but the emphasis is more on relationships than just romance. The premise of people dealing with their stations in life at around 35 is a universal one, so almost everyone should be able to relate somewhat. The issues dealt with are ones we’ve all experienced, from marriage to children to true love, so again, a good chance for the audience to connect. The characters are mostly grounded, with a good sense of humor, so this isn’t an over top style picture. There is a lot of humor of course, some of which is rather lowbrow, but there is a human side to the characters that makes them feel more real than most in films of this kind. 35 & Ticking is by no means a great movie, but it is well made and makes for a brisk, enjoyable watch. So if you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy that doesn’t resign itself to being a total “chick flick,” 35 & Ticking is worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
35 & Ticking is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. The film’s lower budget roots show at times, but this is still a clean, clear presentation. The visuals show impressive depth, so detail is strong and even subtle visuals shine through. In other words, you’ll know this is high definition. I found colors to be warm and natural, while contrast is tip top throughout. The film has a rather simple visual design that is well handled here.
Audio: How does it sound?
This DTS HD 5.1 sounds good and delivers all you’d expect from a dialogue driven comedy. The focus is of course on vocals and all the lines comes across crystal clear here. So no jokes will be missed due to volume issues or other errors. The surrounds don’t have a lot to do here, but the music does add in some presence. Not the kind of soundtrack to write home about, but it does what it needs to, which is what matters.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some deleted scenes, as well as a promotional behind the scenes featurette.
- (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: AVC
- Audio: DTS HD Master
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 1 Disc Set