"The Sweet Life (2003)" Review

Review: In the sea of releases that Synapse Films has released this is a bit different than what they usually release which made me even more interested in viewing this film. What we have here is exactly what it says on the back of the DVD, a romantic comedy for those who hate romantic comedies! Basically this film follows 2 brothers who are quite different from each other, Michael (James Lorinz-Street Trash, Frankenhooker) is more of a polite and sweet guy who is a cinephile and Frankie (Robert Mobley) is more of confident and shallow guy with all the women and money. After Frankie drops his girlfriend Lila, Michael starts to grow closer to Lila as he gets to know her but he must try and deal with his brother in the process.

This film really does take itself in a different direction than your typical romantic comedy and makes itself more appealing to those who would normally never give a film like this a chance. Now is this film amazing, well not really but for what it is it works quite well and is very enjoyable. The thing that really made me like this film so much was the cast, you have the very underrated James Lorinz who played his character perfectly and quite convincingly. Also you get the talents of Joan Jett who plays a great partier biker chick! The other cast members where great as well but the 2 mentioned where my favorites.

Now the thing that I only had a problem with from time to time was the dialogue or it could just be the deliverance of it. After I watched the "making of" I was honestly glad that the actor who was supposed to play Michael was not able to do it because I think James was perfect for the job. I truly do thank Synapse for giving this film a proper release because I think any other company would of dropped the ball releasing this film. Overall this was a fun and entertaining film that really went above and beyond my expectations and I highly suggest anyone who reads this review to go out and get this film!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Rocco Simonelli
Genre: Comedy/Romantic Comedy
DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2003
Time Length: 86 mins.
Company: Synapse Films
Special Features:
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Presentation
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary with Director Rocco Simonelli, and stars James Lorinz and Barbara Sicuranza
  • The Making of "The Sweet Life" - Featurette
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer