"Are we all still THRILLED about Travolta's 'comeback'?"
Imagine the 15th rerun of Lifetime's oldest TV movie mixed with dialogue cribbed directly from the back of an oatmeal packet and the visual flair of three saltine crackers. You'd still be about 300 miles away from the sheer stupidity that is Travolta's latest film. We can teach dolphins to read braille, yet we can't eradicate insipid filmmaking from our easily-tantalized society. Oh well. At the very least movies like this are good for one thing. And that thing is bashing.Lots of people in the world take the same exact route to work every single morning. By sheer necessity, they are forced to drive by the same billboards, road signs and skylines every...single..day. If you're familiar with that kind of brain-numbing tedium, then you know how I felt watching Domestic Disturbance. Even the title smacks of meaningless word association laziness, and it only gets worse.
Frank is a nice guy. He has a nice son, a nice life, and a nice job building nice boats for pleasantly nice people. All this niceness is thrown into typically ham-handed hysteria when Rick shows up. Rick is a duplicitious weasel with lots of money and the hots for Frank's ex-wife Susan...who is also nice. Frank's son Danny doesn't like Rick at all, and not just because of all that oh-so-trifling "You're not my Dad!" stepfather angst. Danny witnesses something that proves Rick is a murderer, and that's not nice.
Incidentally, I'd like to nominate this movie for having the most bland character names ever caught on film. It's just something lazy I noticed throughout the nonstop "Where's Rick?" and "Hi, Frank" scenes.
Frank is played by John Travolta. Enough said. As the mean and calculating Rick, Vince Vaughn is just lost. (And this is coming from a person who really digs Vaughn...in about every fourth movie, anyway.) Teri Polo cements her standing as Hollywood's Blandest Blonde with her turn as the clueless Susan, and Steve Buscemi shows up for a few scenes to ooze his trademark slime before getting killed by a much blander character.If Travolta keeps this up, he'll soon be auditioning for Look Who's Talking 4 any day now. (OK, he wouldn't have to audition.)