Conclusion: Vamps could have been something special, but it settles for unfulfilled potential. The movie has its moments of grand humor as it twists the RomCom and Vampire genre around and folds them together like a pretzel, but the end result isn't quite as consistently funny, well paced, or heartfelt as it should have been.
Excerpt: The Film Fans of the 1995 movie Clueless would probably be a little giddy over this reteaming of director Amy Hecklerling and star Alicia Silverstone. However, the new "comedy" Vamps is a full-on Monet -- from far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess. Heckerling catches the tail end of the vampire trend, casting Silverstone alongside Krysten Ritter (TV's Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 ) as Goody and Stacy, two besties who also happen to be vampires.
Conclusion: I often assume that because the studio bothered to put a film on Blu-ray it’s going to be a decent film. Vamps started off interesting but seriously disappointed me by the end. There are many good actors that I’m amazed signed on to this project. I watched Vamps and Snowmageddon (my next review) and I’m amazed to say that Snowmageddon was the superior film. I could go on all day about what I would have done differently with this movie.
Conclusion: Amy Heckerling's latest comedy is a series of cultural jabs and complaints as two vampire socialites find romance in their busy party lifestyle. Starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter, the movie offers some mild humor and easy entertainment, but it's ultimately a drearily dull experience. The Blu-ray arrives with a very good if only slightly troubled picture quality, and the audio presentation is as dull and flat as the movie itself.
Excerpt: As a rule, Hollywood is not kind to women. Stars shine for significantly short periods when they're women, and female writer/directors usually only get a single shot at the brass ring, making a single feature before being relegated to another role or disappearing off the map entirely. Amy Heckerling is one of the rare exceptions, a woman who has made a name for herself as a writer, a director, and as a writer/director of her own material.
Excerpt: Comedy is a subjective enterprise: What people find funny varies wildly, based on whether they’re into slapstick, puns, drollery, impersonations, broad tomfoolery, subtle wit, or some combination thereof. One joke in Amy Heckerling ’s Vamps , her conspicuously unheralded reunion with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, serves as a litmus test.
Conclusion: Vamps falls short of one's expectations for a movie from the creator and star of Clueless . Nonetheless, that overdue reunion generates enough good will to overlook some of this silly vampire comedy's more egregious faults. I wish I could bemoan industry sexism and question the lack of a standard theatrical release, as I could on Heckerling's praiseworthy previous effort.