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New on DVD: ‘The Veronica Mars Movie,’ starring Kristen Bell

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, May. 06, 2014

DVD The Veronica Mars Movie: Fan-demanded and fan-financed, Veronica Mars represents some sort of new filmmaking paradigm. If you love something so much that you’d “pay to see that,” you can now turn that dream project into a big-screen reality by ponying up a piece of the production financing yourself. A generic murder mystery with the private eye narrating the investigation in voiceover, this class-reunion dramedy chugs along on the good will the cast built up over the show’s 2004-2007 run. It’s self-conscious to a fault. It plays as melodramatic and a little dated. And when it comes to laughs, it tries too hard, like a 30-year-old straining to get her senior-year skinny jeans to fit. Halfway in, however, something clicks and the magic that fans fell in love with splashes up on even the casual Veronica viewer. The one-liners land and the pop-culture references pile up.

— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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