DVD, Digital Release: Petunia

DVD Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013; Digital Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Wolfe Video

Petunia movie scene

Christine Lahti and Tobias Segal light up in Petunia.

An offbeat family of New Yorkers, the Petunias, comes to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself in the 2012 independent comedy-drama film Petunia.

The movie weaves together the lives of brothers Charlie (Tobias Segal, R.I.P.D.), Adrian (Jimmy Heck),  and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them.

While Michael’s cynical wife Vivian (Thora Birch, American Beauty) discovers she is pregnant, the family is also changing. Charlie’s would be boyfriend George (Michael Urie, The Decoy Bride) is in a polyamorous relationship with fitness fanatic Robin (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) and Adrian has developed an unrelenting sex addiction. Meanwhile, meddling parents Felicia (Christine Lahti, ...And Justice for All) and Percy (David Rasche, Crimes of the Past) must decide whether to reignite the spark in their relationship or start all over again.

Directed and co-written by Ash Christian (Fat Girls), the unrated movie received a limited release to U.S. theatres in June 2013 and generally positive reviews. Dennis Harvey of Variety said that although the film’s “overall feel is a bit derivative and contrived, there are nonetheless plenty of bitingly sharp lines and performance moments to keep this well-cast ensemble piece percolating along.”

The DVD includes a director/actor commentary track and deleted scenes as bonus features.

Have a look at the trailer for Petunia:

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