Anyone But You is a decidedly formulaic romantic comedy that takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A), there’s a level of raunchiness not often seen in mainstream rom-coms. Further, there is a lack of chemistry between the two leads, which undermines the story.

After an amazing first date, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) seem like the perfect couple. However, something happens that turns their white-hot attraction ice cold—until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. Bea’s sister and Ben’s friend are getting married, and they both find themselves invited. So, they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

The couple aren’t convincing when loving or hating each other. There’s a flatness in their portrayals that prevents us from believing or caring about them. The ending is obvious from the start. Thankfully, there are many beautiful shots of Australia to keep viewers occupied as the slight screenplay moves along. If done right, Anyone But You could have harkened back to the screwball comedies of the 1930’s. instead, it falls flat, being neither funny or romantic.

Presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, Anyone But You looks fabulous on Blu-ray. The films most memorable attribute is the excellent cinematography, with lots of wide-angle views of the Australian landscape. Depth is wonderful, particularly during a scene when the characters are on a boat. Colors are stunning in every scene. Blacks are inky throughout. Flesh tones are natural throughout. There are no scratches or other anomalies throughout.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track offers nothing spectacular but does a fine job with this dialogue heavy material. The surrounds spread out music cues well. Dialogue is clean, clean and concise throughout.

English, French and Spanish subtitles are included.

The following extras are available:

  • He Said, She Said (HD, 4:01)
  • Everyone Down Under (HD, 3:54)
  • Outtakes/Bloopers (HD, 3:10)
  • 3 Deleted Scenes
  • ASMR Pickup Lines (HD, 1:11)
  • Aussie Snacks (HD, 2:15)

Anyone But You
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