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NEW X's & O's (DVD)
Xs & Os is a hip romantic comedy that takes a humorously genuine look at post-college relationships. A circle of friends in San Francisco finds out the hard way that it is not all hugs and kisses in the game of love and that everyone needs a strategy to score. Bookish biologist Simon (Clayne Crawford A Walk to Remember) lusts after Jane (Sarah Wright The House Bunny), a blonde beauty who barely knows he exists. Against the advice of his womanizing best friend, Lorenzo (Warren Christie October Road), Simon decides to make Jane jealous by dating his lab partner, Trese (Judy Marte Raising Victor Vargas). But every part of Simon s plan falls apart, trapping him between the pursuit of a hopeless dream and unexpected, real feelings for someone. Also starring Kel Mitchell (Good Burger, Kenan and Kel), Lynn Chen (Saving Face), Azita Ghanizada (Alphas), Gino Anthony Pesi (Battle: Los Angeles) and Jill Bennett (And Then Came Lola). With Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries) featuring her hit song The Break Up Song on the Xs & Os soundtrack.
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The story follows several twenty-something couples/friends as they perform the standard trials of dating, mis-communications and balancing work with finding themselves. The lead guy in Clayne Crawford (who has every Ray Liotta facial mannerism down perfect) somewhat carries things but most of the supporting cast is severely stumbling around albeit Warren Christie (a TV movie/series regular) gave a couple of good lines. The picture quality is standard and the Bay shots are grainy at times - but still nice to see. The audio is a standard 5.1 DD but almost too good several times as the outtakes/miscuts left in the film were noticeable (in one scene the car dies but was made to look like it was still driving away - mostly fun flubs though). The filmmakers' only other movie (a short) that is also filmed on BART tops off the extras listed below.
The special features add up to give this 3 star film another bump as the deleted scenes were rightfully cut and the gag reel was enjoyable. Both total less than 30 minutes. R1 coded at 93 minutes. If you can get past some of the overacting and a slightly misplaced ambiguous ending - you will get some enjoyment out of it for the local shots.