The Good

This film captures the joys of being young and hanging out all day with your friends.

The Bad

Sometimes this movie is a tad too arty.

Duck Season is a rare film in that it recalls Kevin Smith's Clerks, but it's plain to see that it has a much higher budget. The plot is simple. Best friends Moko and Flama just want to spend Sunday afternoon watching TV, playing video games, drinking soda and eating chips. Things begin to get more complicated when they let their 16 year old neighbor use the oven, and they order a pizza that they don't want to pay for because the man delivering it is 11 seconds late. Throughout the day, we get to see the various stages of growing up represented in all four of these characters. While the film gets a tad too cerebral toward the end, ultimately Duck Season is a meditation on the fact that like or it we're all going to get older and have to face the world.

Features

No Extra Features came with this DVD.

Video

Widescreen Version presented in a "Matted" widescreen format preserving the aspect ratio of it's original theatrical exhibition. Shot in an almost soothing black and white, this movie looks really good on DVD. While I didn't appreciate the constant use of fading in and out, I liked how the camera didn't feel the need to be moving all the time. However, had it moved more it may not have made the main locale (Moko's parents apartment), seem as claustrophobic as it did.

Audio

Dolby Digital. Spanish: Dolby Surround 5.1. Sadly, I don't really have too much to say about the audio. The dialogue was in Spanish so I spent a lot of the moving reading the subtitles on the screen. What music they did have was really only employed in the opening and closing title sequences.

Package

A large target is the focus of this DVD cover with the four stars relegated to the lower portion. The contrast of them in black and white against a color background is quite eye catching however. The back has some more shots from the film (one of which is just a promo shot), a description of what Duck Season is about, a cast list and some technical specs. Simple packaging for a film that really doesn't call attention to itself.

Final Word

I was expecting something a little different than what Duck Season ultimately gave me. It wasn't that I thought the two main characters were going to take a Goonies-like adventure, I just thought that more was going to happen. Instead, we are given a film that is pretty much closed in and also a bit too serious than what it's audience may want from it. Also, I think that this movie didn't need to employ the fade in and fade out as much as it did. It's as though this movie never got going and the issues (the big one being Moko's parents divorce), might have been better off traded in for more of a plot driven film.

Duck Season is worth checking out but it isn't as much fun as the movie's cover leads you to think it will be.

Duck Season was released October 22, 2004.