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On DVD: “The Freebie” and “Heartbreaker” are Must-See Date Night Rentals

On DVD: "The Freebie" and "Heartbreaker" are Must-See Date Night Rentals

Obviously today’s big home video release is “The Social Network,” which you’ve likely already seen. But in case you’re just getting to it or revisiting the likely Best Picture winner and wish to discuss it (more), here’s a link to all our posts regarding its alleged sexism, truth problems, etc. Also, let’s recall my praise of the Winklevoss twins portrayal, which sadly isn’t garnering the recognition as either visual effects achievement that I was hoping for.

Also on DVD today, and demanding your attention since you no doubt missed them in theaters, are the French feel-good rom-com “Heartbreaker” and “The Freebie,” which I still believe is a must-see for everyone in their 30s. Others will like it too, probably more than broader films involving open relationships coming out this month. And while I haven’t yet seen “Blue Valentine,” I bet the big marital fight in “The Freebie” is somewhat comparable on a minor scale. I hear that movie isn’t very good to see as a couple, but I think “The Freebie” really works as a date night rental, even with the pain involved, because the film’s characters take part in their relationship experiment as a favor to you and your spouse — so you guys don’t have to go through it yourself (kind of like how “Humpday” goes through its experiment so real male buddies don’t have to try). Don’t get turned off by Dax Shepard, by the way; he really surprised me in this, and he’ll do the same for you.

Speaking of surprises, I found myself very charmed by “Heartbreaker,” which has its problems with nostalgia and a pretty cliche Hollywood ending but features one of the most underrated ensembles of the past year. Though I didn’t care too much for Vanessa Paradis, I did fall for Romain Duris, as the man who can woo any woman (and, as it turns out, any film viewer), as well as supporting scene-stealers François Damiens and Julie Ferrier — two of my favorite breakthrough performers of 2010. I highly recommend seeing it before the planned English-language remake is produced. The leads may offer some romantic scenes for you and your significant other to enjoy together, but it’s Damiens and Ferrier who are the truly loving and lovable couple to identify with and appreciate.

Rounding out today’s home video releases is “Piranha 3-D,” which I don’t advise seeing at all if you don’t like overlong and very bloody trauma sequences.

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