Ryan Kwanten headlines director Peter Templeman’s Not Suitable for Children, a romantic dramedy of young adult drift that trips familiar wires of too-cute-by-half when its forces upon its protagonist the plot device of him coming to grips with testicular cancer.
The story centers around a trio of twentysomething roommates — Jonah (Kwanten), Stevie (an appealing Sarah Snook) and Gus (Ryan Corr) — who enjoy their shared lives of hedonistic, responsibility-free partying. Things come to an abrupt halt, however, when Jonah is diagnosed with the aforementioned disease, and told that he’d be rendered infertile by the most aggressive treatment that would save him. This news triggers a strange reaction in him — Jonah suddenly wants to become a father. Predictable antics ensue, with the intention of tugging heartstrings.
Michael Lucas’ choppy, prefabricated screenplay trades in well-worn set-ups and base-level complications and dialogue, playing its hand pretty much entirely in the first act until settling into a plaintive slog. This would be less of a problem if the film had greater stylistic pizzazz or a more compelling lead, but Kwanten (HBO’s True Blood) delivers a mostly one-note turn, of blinking himbo entitlement. Why would Jonah actually be a good father, really? Why, because that’s the entire reason for the movie’s existence, of course.
A fairly hearty slate of supplemental material anchors Not Suitable for Children‘s Blu-ray debut, which comes in a vortex case and is presented in a 1080p 2.35 widescreen transfer, with a DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. Apart from a bit of over-saturation, it’s a solid transfer, and the aural design is mostly hiccup-free, if just a bit heavy in the bass mix in some of the more raucous scenes. A behind-the-scenes featurette runs under 15 minutes, but the Blu-ray’s best offering is nearly a hour’s worth of interviews with Templeman and his cast, which is nice for those inclined to have a more forgiving attitude toward the movie. A gallery of trailers, for both Not Suitable for Children and other Well Go USA home video releases, rounds things out. C- (Movie) B- (Disc)