Two Ninas

Two Ninas

Director: Neil Turitz

Cast: Cara Buono, Amanda Peet, Bray Poor

     
 

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Neil Turitz directs Ron Livingston and Amanda Peet in the comedy Two Ninas, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include bloopers,See more details below

Overview

Neil Turitz directs Ron Livingston and Amanda Peet in the comedy Two Ninas, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include bloopers, outtakes, and a trailer. This is a good release of a little seen film from Avalanche Home Entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Neil Turitz's amateurish debut, Two Ninas, traffics in the same grainy rawness as Edward Burns did in his own first film, The Brothers McMullen. Fortunately, it also has some of that film's heart. And in a strange phenomenon, it radically matures as the narrative moves forward. Since films are typically shot out of sequence, one shouldn't notice greater competence in later portions than earlier ones, but Two Ninas finds its footing after a shaky beginning. During the film's stultifying first act, Turitz shoots his two male leads (narrator Bray Poor and Ron Livingston) from a distance of a good twenty feet at all times. It's a perfect metaphor for his own emotional distance from them: they are stock types given clumsy banter and wooden questions to ask each other about life and love. As the camera starts to move in closer, the actors' natural charms and talents start to produce real characters who seem like actual buddies -- as if the writing, performances and technical details all shed their nervous jitters at the same moment. A spirit of warmth carries the rest of the film, making a surprisingly fond romantic hero out of a guy (Livingston) who's lying to and cheating on two women with the same name. Only one of the Ninas deserves credit for buoying the warmth: Cara Buono, who outclasses future star Amanda Peet at every step of the way.
Village Voice
The titular opposites, Ninas Cara Buono and Amanda Peet, meet and fall for Marty within a few days of each other. The resulting clash manages a decent degree of genuine heartbreak as he opts for the wrong one. Peet gives her lines a gamey, hot monotony; small wonder that her coitus needs to be scored to Beethoven's Ninth.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
UPC:
0806469156520
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cara Buono Nina Cohen
Amanda Peet Nina Harris
Bray Poor Dave Trout
Linda Larkin Carrie Boxer
Ron Livingston Marty Sachs
Jill Hennessy Mike

Technical Credits
Neil Turitz Director,Screenwriter
Joaquin Baca-Asay Cinematographer
Cara Buono Associate Producer
Jumbulingam Chandrasekhar Editor
Mike Decker Sound/Sound Designer
Denise Doyle Producer
Andy Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Gasparro Production Designer
Seth Kanegis Executive Producer
Stacey Lapidus Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave McGuire Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Joseph Saba Score Composer
Greg Scheinman Producer
Adam Sender Executive Producer
Andrea Stanley Art Director
Doug Turner Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Main Credits [3:19]
2. Differences [2:52]
3. Wolverines [2:57]
4. Sucks [3:33]
5. Passed [4:53]
6. Accident [2:57]
7. Odds [4:23]
8. Apologizing [4:35]
9. Together [5:17]
10. Dilemma [3:02]
11. Argument [3:30]
12. Dreams [3:55]
13. Trouble [3:35]
14. Sick Plans [3:51]
15. Caring [4:26]
16. Dynamo [3:09]
17. Belief [4:29]
18. Message [2:46]
19. Floor Show [3:12]
20. Outside [2:25]
21. Time's Up [3:53]
22. Hunch [3:33]
23. Sorry [4:55]
24. End Credits [3:06]

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