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Janell Shirtcliff
Bella Thorne, Gavin Rossdale, Ione Skye
Writing Credits:
Janell Shirtcliff, Libby Mintz

A street smart party girl gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a nun.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 81 min.
Price: $21.99
Release Date: 8/24/2021

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Habit [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 3, 2021)

On the back cover of 2021’s Habit, a blurb promises a film “reminiscent of early Tarantino”. That sets a high bar, so we will see how it compares.

A former celebrity actor named Erik Katz (Gavin Rossdale) hires Texas transplant Mads (Bella Thorne) to run narcotics for him. Inevitably, this gig goes awry.

Mads finds herself on the lam after someone steals the money she collected for Erik. To hide, Mads and her pals Evie (Libby Mintz) and Addy (Andreja Pejic) disguise themselves nuns, a choice that comes with wild consequences.

In theory, at least. In reality, Habit offers a mess of a movie that seeks a level of gleeful anarchy it can’t achieve.

Not in a convincing manner, at least. As the aforementioned blurb promises, Habit does shoot for a Tarantino-esque feel, but it doesn’t pull this off in a satisfying way.

And by that, I mean Habit lacks even the most basic ability to pull off a coherent narrative. Essentially a collection of scene snippets connected by a loose “plot”, it often feels like the screenplay came from idea written on the backs of cocktail napkins, tossed into the air and then cobbled together when they landed.

Nary a single sequence here makes a lick of sense, and most of Habit just delivers random sex, violence and/or drug use intended to seem “outrageous”. None of it boasts even the slightest ability to shock, of course, but the filmmakers seem to think they give us a daring, in your face tale.

Instead, we simply find poorly shot vignettes and nonsensical plot beats. Of all the characters, only Mads gets any real exposition, and even then, we get nothing more than a ridiculous “I’m horny for Jesus” vibe.

Again, all this feels calculated to create controversy. With lines like “they can all suck my Jesus dick”, the filmmakers practically beg to get religious tongues clucked their way.

I doubt even the most thumping of Bible thumpers will bother to exhibit outrage aimed at Habit because it doesn’t deserve the attention. Self-indulgent and tedious, this becomes a poor excuse for a comedic thriller.

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

Habit appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a mostly solid visual presentation here.

Sharpness largely satisfied. Darker interiors could be a little indistinct and the film came with some intentionally diffuse and/or blurry elements, but the majority of the flick displayed positive definition

I saw no issues with jaggies or shimmering, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also didn’t pop up, so the movie stayed clean and clear.

In terms of colors, Habit tended toward a somewhat amber feel, with some teal, purple and red tossed in as well. This worked fine within the film’s design parameters.

Blacks seemed dark and tight, while shadows offered mostly nice clarity and smoothness, outside of a few slightly dense interiors. This turned into a generally appealing presentation.

Though never great, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield opened things up to a moderate degree. Music showed nice stereo presence, and the soundscape broadened when appropriate.

This mostly meant street scenes or those in various exterior locations, as the track featured decent use of the side and rear channels to recreate the various places. This wasn’t a super-involving soundfield, but it seemed fine for the story.

Audio quality was good. Speech appeared natural, and the lines never demonstrated intelligibility problems.

Music was dynamic and lively, as the score showed nice range and delineation. Effects were also accurate, with nice clarity. The breadth of the soundfield wasn’t special enough to rate anything above a “B”, but I thought the track suited the film.

The disc includes the trailer for Habit but it lacks other extras.

With its colorful characters and irreverent situations, Habit wants to deliver a pointed dark comedy. Instead, it feels like a smutty Sister Act and never becomes anything other than idiotic and incoherent. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture and audio but it lacks supplements. Avoid this awful movie.

Viewer Film Ratings: 1 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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