New on DVD
It could have been so much worse. In Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke’s Duck Season, a pair of 14-year-old boys are left on their own to kill time for a day and plan to do nothing but eat junk food and play Xbox — ony the power goes out, the girl next door keeps coming over, the pizza delivery guy won’t leave without his money, and the wacky complications just keep piling up. Although generally I hate to resort to the tired argument that this would have been completely hackneyed if made in America, that is nevertheless true. The resulting film is nothing groundbreaking but nevertheless heartfelt and surprising. It won’t get much notice in the Oscars probably, but the DVD (out this week) is definitely worth renting.
My review originally ran on filmcritic.com.Link.