Was it the intellectual shout-outs to Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor? Were they afraid we’d glaze over? It’s hard to figure why the modest but engaging ensemble drama “Stuck in Love” (2013) bypassed theaters. Greg Kinnear plays Bill Borgens, an acclaimed novelist comically stagnating since his wife (Jennifer Connelly) left him. He remains hopeful that she’ll reconsider — and in the meantime, he’ll keep on peeping through her window, anxious for some glimpse of trouble in paradise with the new boyfriend. Their daughter, Samantha (Lily Collins, “Mirror Mirror”), is a breezily cynical coed shutting out her mother over the split and channeling her jaded promiscuity into her own literary breakout. The couple’s son, Rusty (Nat Wolff, “Admission”), is a high school geek urged by his dad to get some experience, get reckless, get his heart broken. (Kinnear doesn’t get all the material he might to help sell the man-of-letters angle, but these liberalist flashes help.) Logan Lerman (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) is the likable guy determined to thaw Samantha’s heart. And Kristen Bell (also in “The Lifeguard” this week”) amusingly drops by from what seems like another movie as a casually lusty neighbor trying to help Bill move on. This group looks like a family, their conflicts play like intelligently, ever-so-slightly heightened realism, and there’s even some Stephen King talk for anyone smelling pretentiousness from writer-director Josh Boone. Never mind the low-profile — if this were a book, you’d call it a good read. (Millennium, $28.99; Blu-ray, $29.99)
THE EXORCIST (1973)
For its 40th anniversary, William Friedkin’s genre classic gets a Blu-ray reissue with a pair of new supplements. One spotlights a priest on the Georgetown University faculty who first steered source novelist William Peter Blatty toward his subject; the other follows Blatty as he returns to the film’s Georgetown shooting locations and other places key to the story’s creation. There’s also an excerpt from “The Friedkin Connection,” the director’s new memoir. Another welcome screen flashback this week: the Blu-ray debut of “Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” (1983), featuring a new hourlong conversation with the troupe about their final film together. (“Exorcist,” Warner, $49.99; “Python,” Universal, $19.98)
AFTER EFFECT (2013)
Idiosyncratic ex-Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd tries his hand at acting, cameoing in a low-budget zombie flick about college students recruited for a research study that’s not what it seems. (It’s secretly all a sinister military experiment, as “Soldier #3” well knows.) We can just imagine it: turns out there was truth to those recent rumors that rookie-frustrated Tom Brady tried contacting Lloyd about returning — but Lloyd was busy in the makeup trailer getting his fake blood touched up. Not to be confused — or is it? — with Will and Jaden Smith’s “After Earth,” which also arrives this week. (Entertainment One, $14.98)
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