Diary = theatrical viewings only
This documentary makes me realize my nostalgia for Blockbuster is pretty minor compared to my contemporaries and elders and compared to various other things I am nostalgic about. Like P.B. Crisps, for one obscure example. Nonetheless, anyone fond of movies and particularly physical home media should find this a highly diverting and moderately enlightening celebration of the video rental giant and the one Oregon store standing in the way of its complete extinction.
It's easy to see the faults in this PG-13 mid-Noughties college comedy, but there's an undeniable likability to the underdog story and to its good nature, which has helped it to age better than raunchier comedies from this era. On its fifteenth anniversary, you might find it makes you nostalgic for a time you didn't realize you had nostalgia for. Kind of weird that out of everyone who made this only Jonah Hill is really still appreciated and in demand. Just barely holds onto that half-star that generously cements above average status.
It seems pretty clear that Murder Mystery was conceived as a kind of contemporary take on Agatha Christie, only to be retrofitted as a venue for Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston to reunite. As in their previous film together, the pair give this one broad appeal and breezy watchability that makes it ideal as the Netflix offering that millions will choose to unwind with at the end of a taxing work week.
Full review on DVDizzy.