I have been in love with movies my entire life. I have had the opportunity to experience some of the greatest films ever in a theater: The Godfather, Tora Tora Tora, Cabaret, Gone With the Wind (the re-release, God I’m not THAT old), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull. I would sit in a theater and watch a movie 2 or 3 times in a row. I saw The Sting about five times in its original release. I saw Rocky every day for an entire week. I do love my movies. I have never walked out during a movie, even if it was the worst thing that I ever saw. I always found the redeeming value in everything. One of the worst movies that I ever saw was Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line. I absolutely loathed that movie. It was the most tedious film ever made (WAR, flowers, WAR, trees, WAR, grass---ugh). I also felt that it was one of the most beautifully shot films ever made. And yes, I do have the Criterion edition in my collection.
Now, having said all that, if I would have seen the film Mr. Wrong in a theater, it would have been the first movie I would have ever walked out of. I am dead serious. This is without a doubt one of the worst films ever. There is not one single redeeming value to this movie. This film has a great cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman, Dean Stockwell, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Polly Holliday, Joan Plowright. What the hell are they doing in such a huge pile of crap?
DeGeneres plays Martha, a lonely television producer who, at the beginning of the film, is trying to survive her sister’s wedding with everyone asking her who she's seeing and when is she going to get married. Even her co-workers ask the same questions. She tries to meet guys with blind dates, but she has absolutely nothing in common with them. She decides to drown her sorrows at a bar, where she runs into Whitman (Bill Pullman). He appears to be a nice, normal guy who is also lonely. They start dating, and she actually starts falling for him. After Martha takes Whitman to meet her parents, she tells him to relax and to be himself. At this point, Pullman goes from Dr. Jekyll, and becomes Mr. Hyde.
For the rest of the film, Whitman becomes the world’s biggest stalker. He sends mountains of gifts and flowers to Martha (1-800-FLOWERS gets prominent plugs in the film). He dresses as a clown and hangs outside of her parents’ house. He follows Martha to the opera when she goes out with a co-worker. All the while, she’s being harassed by Inga (Cusack), Whitman’s ex, who sticks gum in Martha’s hair, ties her to a slab and pours honey on her so ants can eat her flesh, and attempts to cut out Martha’s heart with a tiny Swiss army knife. Martha is eventually saved by Whitman, who shoots Inga in the arm. Whitman then kidnaps Martha, with the help of 2 gun-toting Hispanic kids, drugs her with LSD in her water, and takes her to Mexico to marry her.
I wonder at what point the filmmakers thought any of this was the least bit funny. Personally, I find it all incredibly creepy. Obviously, Pullman’s character has some sort of psychotic issues that are never explained (likely Schizophrenia) and are played for laughs, but there are none.
DeGeneres usually has a lot of charm and is fun to watch-not so much here. Her shtick gets old fast. And what the hell was Joan Cusack thinking with this role. It is probably one of the stupidest characters ever on film. It’s not even funny, just irritating. The screenplay was written by at least 3 different writers, which usually isn’t good. They couldn’t come up with an ending. As Martha and her co-worker Walter ride into the sunset, title cards come up saying what happened to the characters-after Inga shoots Walter (yea, it’s a spoiler, but I don’t care), he recovers and goes sailing. WHAT!?!?!?! Director Nick Castle (The Last Starfighter) makes an attempt at a comedy. But the one thing he forgot to do was to include anything funny.
Mr. Wrong is presented in a 1080p MPEG-4 video codec. Mill Creek is known for their lackluster video/audio transfers, but this one is a little bit better than other titles in their catalog. The picture here is pretty soft, but it has instances of decent texture and details. Colors come across with a look that's very good. Skin tones appear natural without getting too washed out. Black levels are pretty dark, making it difficult to visualize details. However, it's still not that great of a transfer overall.
The audio transfer is DTS-HD 2.0 channels. This soundtrack is all front channels, as is typical in romantic comedies. Dialogue from the center channel is clear. There is very limited sound delineation in the side front channels during the presentation. Not much here, but I wasn’t expecting much in the first place.
No extras are included on this disc. I’m tempted to give this a 10, because I won’t have to watch anything else on this title.
I am shocked that anything could be this bad, but Mr. Wrong is BAD. Bad acting, bad directing, bad screenplay. There is not even an extra on the disc to reflect on how bad this movie was to make. It lacks any form of redeeming value. It has a basic video transfer, and the audio transfer plays in the front channels. In conclusion, stay away from Mr. Wrong. I sacrificed 97 minutes of my life to watch this movie so you wouldn’t have to. Consider it a gift.