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Giorgio Serafini
William Shatner, Jean Smart, Christopher Lloyd
Writing Credits:
Kurt Brungardt, Christopher Momenee

After drag racing his vintage convertible around Palm Springs, a retired NASA test pilot loses his license. Forced to take public transportation, he meets Caroline and learns to navigate love and life again.

Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1/16X9
English Dolby 5.1
English Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 92 min.
Price: $24.98
Release Date: 5/4/2021

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Senior Moment (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 20, 2021)

Now the ripe age of 90, William Shatner continues to work at a fairly relentless pace – well, after a break for the COVID-ruined year of 2020. Shatner returns as the star of 2021’s comedy Senior Moment.

Retired NASA test pilot Victor Martin (Shatner) loves his vintage Porsche convertible. However, his automotive shenanigans lead him to lose his license and find his beloved roadster impounded.

Now stuck on public transportation, he meets café owner Caroline Summers (Jean Smart), a conservative woman who views his antics with disdain. Could love develop between these apparent antagonists?

Well, duh. The “opposites attract” concept goes back centuries, if not millennia, and outside of the focus on elderly characters, Moment brings nothing new to the notion.

Still, a movie doesn’t need to innovate to entertain, and Moment manages to find occasional moments of fun. These primarily stem from the cast, as the talent involved adds charm to the stale narrative.

In particular, Shatner looks like he had a ball as he played his version of the old man who refuses to acknowledge his age. Of course, as depicted here, he gets incentive to ignore the calendar – after all, bikini models seem to dig him, so why not?

In any case, it seems inevitable that Victor will learn some maturity as the film proceeds, all via his relationship with Caroline. Despite the notions in the synopsis, Victor and Caroline don’t butt heads as much as expected, so the main conflict comes between Victor and his refusal to accept his age.

The story really does seem trite as can be, especially when an apparent love triangle evolves that also involves Caroline’s pal Diego Lozana (Esai Morales). Though the movie attempts some twists there, it finds no creativity, as one can predict the curveball far in advance.

With a banal script that lacks insight or originality, the actors find themselves without much meat, but they still make the most of it. As noted, Shatner seems to enjoy himself, as he shows vitality and vivacity that one wouldn’t expect of a man 10 years from his 100th birthday.

Smart proves a warm, affable love interest, though the movie’s best moments come from the interactions of Shatner and Christopher Lloyd as Victor’s lifelong pal Sal. The two old pros ignite when together and create the film’s most fun elements.

I wish Shatner, Smart, Lloyd and the others found themselves in a superior project, as the cliché nature of Moment restricts its cinematic potential. Still, the actors offer enough talent and life to make this a moderately enjoyable experience.

The DVD Grades: Picture C+/ Audio C+/ Bonus F

Senior Moment appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Even within the parameters of SD-DVD, this seemed like a pretty mediocre presentation.

Sharpness was adequate at best. Closeups showed decent delineation, whereas wider shots appeared fairly soft and tentative.

Jagged edges and shimmering were only a minor problem, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.

Colors seemed low-key, with an emphasis on amber and teal. These choices felt less than exciting, but the DVD represented them in a passable manner.

Blacks provided reasonable depth, while shadows appeared fairly smooth. Ultimately, the image felt decent but no better than that.

I also felt unimpressed with the bland Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Moment, as it failed to make much of an impression. The soundfield gave us mild ambience at most, without much use of the various channels.

This meant it focused on the front speakers and didn’t bring us much in terms of scope. Even for a character comedy, film, the soundscape seemed awfully flat and subdued.

Audio quality was fine. Speech came across as natural and concise, and effects demonstrated passable delineation. They had little to do but they seemed acceptable.

Music appeared adequate, as the score and songs came across with decent range. Everything here felt ordinary, so the audio added little to the presentation.

The disc opens with ads for Office Uprising and Hope Gap. No trailer – or any other extras – appear here.

However, the DVD’s case mistakenly claims that it includes an audio commentary, a featurette and a music video. It doesn’t, and this seems to be a misprint on the packaging, not an issue with the authoring of the disc.

Despite a lackluster script and a whole mess of clichés, the cast of Senior Moment makes it watchable. They can’t completely overcome the inherent flaws, but they add enough spark to turn it into a likable experience. The DVD comes with mediocre picture and audio and it lacks bonus materials. You won’t find greatness here but the actors allow it to become reasonably fun.

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