Review: Justin Time DVD

STUDIO: MTI | DIRECTOR: Rob Diamond | STARS: Chris Laird, Shareece Pfeiffer, Michael Flynn, Alex Gaudio
RELEASE DATE: 3/9/2010 | PRICE: DVD $24.95
BONUSES: deleted scenes
SPECS: NR | 90 min. | Action adventure | 16:9 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround | Spanish subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

Plots involving amulets are a tough sell. They invariably involve someone bellowing to the rafters “I have the pow-wah” when they get the cherished object, and this herky jerky romantic teen fantasy movie is no different.

It seems Chris Laird (The Jerk Theory) has one section of a three-part piece of Indian jewelry that can make the owner see into the future. Apparently, possession of one piece can stop time for a few seconds, a la 2002’s Clockstoppers, which affords Laird the opportunity to glue the high school’s stereotypical jock jerk’s butt to that of another bully’s. It also affords the father (veteran character actor Michael Flynn) of the lovely Shareece Pfeiffer (Forever Strong, good movie, see it) a chance to rob gangsters and corrupt corporate officials of money and secrets until that gets boring and he begins to seek out the other pieces of the amulet.

Does a romance develop between Laird and Pfeiffer as danger begins circling? It doesn’t take a three-section piece of jewelry to figure that out.

The Dove Seal of Approval the film received verifies the harmlessness of the shenanigans, and young teens who are amused by the idea of boys dressing in drag to fool the bad guys who ultimately find them attractive will find Justin Time to their liking. Younger kids won’t get it and grown-ups probably won’t care.

The DVD is slim on extras, offering just some deleted scenes.


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