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Brian Baugh
Rose Reid, Jedidiah Goodacre, Tom Everett Scott
Writing Credits:
Brian Baugh

Violinist Finley Sinclair travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad, where she encounters the gregarious and persistent heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush.

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 119 min.
Price: $21.99
Release Date: 8/10/2021

• “A Look at Finding You” Featurette
• Image Gallery
• Trailer
• DVD Copy


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Finding You [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 16, 2021)

As a 54-year-old male, romances about young women don’t fall into my wheelhouse. Still, I remain open to movies of all genres, so 2021’s Finding You wound up in my Blu-ray player.

When aspiring violinist Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid) fails to gain acceptance into a prestigious music school, she settles for Plan B: a semester abroad in Ireland. On the flight from New York, she gets a free upgrade to first class and winds up seated next to Hollywood heartthrob Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre).

The pair butt heads and seem done with each other. However, fate has different plans, as both wind up at the same quaint bed and breakfast. Could the two possibly fall in love?

Duh. What kind of romantic drama would Finding bring if it lacked romance?

Whether or not Finding locates anything new to say in this well-explored genre becomes a different matter, however. Unsurprisingly, the answer comes back “no”.

Not that this dooms Finding to become a drag. Derivative as the story might be, the basic premise offers decent room for entertainment.

However, Finding never manages to overcome the “been there, done that” factor, as it can’t find anything new to say. Essentially a coming of age tale with Notting Hill overtones, the movie ends up drowned in its general package of clichés.

You name the genre trope and you’ll find it here. Not a single original concept manifests across the movie’s two hours, so expect a load of predictable character moments and plot points.

I’d mind these issues less if Finding came with a shorter running time. As it stands, the film butts up against the two-hour mark, and it simply lacks the content to fill that time in a satisfying manner.

This means that rather than focus on the Finley/Beckett relationship like it should, Finding dabbles in a mix of other topics. We deal with a mystery Finley attempts to unravel as well as Finley’s class assignment to get to know an elderly woman (Vanessa Redgrave), interactions with her Irish host family and with a drunk local (Patrick Bergin) who coincidentally happens to possess amazing musical skills.

Most of these come across like filler, and they create a story that proceeds at a slower pace than necessary. A few minor detours would feel fine, but a lot of the time, the main Finley/Beckett situation comes across as a side dish, not the main course.

As such, Finding can become scattered and disjointed. Occasionally it digs into the subject matter reasonably well, but too much of the time, it fails to find a consistent pulse.

At least the actors try to elevate the material. Reid and Goodacre manage decent chemistry, and Redgrave manages to bring spark to her trite role as the bitter old lady.

Despite its flaws, Finding You doesn’t turn into a total dud, as the cast and a few themes manage passable engagement. However, too much of it seems cliché and derivative.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B-/ Bonus D

Finding You appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.

Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed.

No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.

Like most films of this sort, Finding gave us an amber and teal-tinted palette. Some teal appeared as well, but that feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive.

Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Finding, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion, mainly in terms of the set of Beckett’s movie. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.

Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.

Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.

Minimal extras appear here. A Look at Finding You runs four minutes, 14 seconds and brings notes from writer/director Brian Baugh, producer Ken Carpenter, and actors Rose Reid, Jedediah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Tom Everett Scott, Saorise-Monica Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Patrick Bergin.

“Look” covers story/characters, cast, music, and aspects of the shoot. This delivers a rudimentary promo piece with little substance.

In addition to the film’s trailer, we get an Image Gallery. It shows nine shots from the movie as well as the flick’s poster in a montage. It seems utterly forgettable.

A second disc provides a DVD copy of Finding You. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.

If you expect anything new or fresh from Finding You, don’t. A mix of romance, comedy and drama that comes heavy on clichés and light on creativity, the flick manages occasional life but it usually seems lackluster. The Blu-ray brings solid visuals and adequate audio but it lacks substantial bonus materials. This turns into a fairly uninspired tale.

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