24 Issues We Realized from Joe Carnahan’s ‘Stretch’ Commentary

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Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work and then share the most interesting parts. In this issue, Rob Hunter visits a man, a limo, and a crazy night in Stretch.

2014 stretch is an underrated and underrated action / comedy, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Writer / director Joe Carnahan says so much – more than once – about his commentary for the film. The fine folks at Kino Lorber have just released the film on Blu-ray for the first time, and hopefully this means more people take the plunge for a quick, fun, and creatively chaotic ride. The journey here was long, having bypassed the cinemas in 2014 and unceremoniously put on the home video a year later, but better late than never.

Read on to see what I heard in the comment about Stretch.

Stretch (2014)

Commentators: Joe Carnahan (Writer / Director), Maile Carnahan (Daughter), Rockne Carnahan (Son)

1. Carnahan is pleased that this seven-year-old film is releasing a home video because “the fine folks at Kino Lorber have released how wildly underestimated and great the film is”. He’s not wrong.

2. The film was shot for about $ 5 million under the Blumhouse banner, and while they let it do what it wanted, “we didn’t get a theatrical release in the end.” It’s the Blumhouse model!

3. Most of the film was shot in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.

4th Maile wrote the short article in In Touch magazine that Stretch (Patrick Wilson) reads in the bathroom. The man in the photo with Brooklyn Decker was a waiter whose looks they liked for the man who stole Stretch’s girlfriend.

5. He acknowledges the influence of After Hours (1985) in writing the script.

6th If the 6:45 am music cue sounds familiar, it’s because they unsuccessfully tried to secure the rights to Yes’ “lonely heart owner” and eventually fluted it themselves. They also tried to get songs from Pet Shop Boys and The Strokes for later beats but couldn’t afford any. “I will never forgive Jeff Lynne and ELO for not giving me a ‘phone line’,” he says of the ending sequence in the diner.

7th Jessica Alba was in the process of negotiating a multi-million dollar deal for her cosmetics line and “I think she’s doing an order of the day in this movie.” She and Wilson had great chemistry, and unfortunately, much of their interactions stayed on the cutting room floor.

8th. The quiet woman behind Naseem (Shaun Toub) is Mona Marandi – the real owner of the limousine company where they shot. The company name Selahi is the maiden name of Carnahan’s wife.

9. The interior of the limousines is done on a green screen.

10. He wrote Stretch for several months and one day he looked down and it was done.

11. The arrival of David Hasselhoff was the scene Carnahan fought for the most, although the actor was great fun. “He understands who he is.”

12. The Jovi is played by Randy Couture, who is now married to one of the women in the back seat of the Rolls Royce who arrives to pick up the Hoff. “She’s a hardcore Trumpian,” but she’s also very cute.

13. Maile and Rockne are in the background at 6:48 pm. It’s just one of their cameos as they are in the earlier club scene.

14th The film Ray Liotta is making is Narc 2: Revengence, a reference to Carnahan’s earlier film, and a smaller trailer door can briefly be seen with the name of Jason Patric.

15th The window that Candace (Decker) can be seen in at 9:49 p.m. is actually one of the Scientology buildings in LA. Carnahan says it was “scary” but then laughs quickly and says they were all very nice.

16. Chris Pine’s appearance here is uncredited and Carnahan’s love for the guy is clear. Pine suggested that his character arrive with a jockstrap strap and a tiger backpack. “He likes to play freaks.”

17th He mentions a few instances in the film where there is a risk of violating the politically correct, and while it’s clear he doesn’t care, he admits that because of those concerns, he cut the earlier scene with Naseem.

18th Carnahan is currently remastering Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane (1998), its first feature, for an upcoming home video release.

19th This is the first comment Carnahan made without drinking the whole thing through. It is likely due to the presence of his children.

20th This is Carnahan’s father as a gray-haired FBI agent at the club with Laurent (James Badge Dale). “He missed his calling as a great character actor.”

21st Carnahan’s original script for Bad Boys 3 featured the character of Boris, played here by Matthew Willig.

22nd The house where Roger Karos (Pine) is partying is owned by a very successful Hollywood stuntman, and the old woman who runs into Stretch in this car is stuntwoman Sandra Lee Gimpel. The film also shows some cameos from UFC fighters and soccer players.

23 He hates circular dolly shots – “I just can’t stand them” – but he does one at 1:20:15. He says it makes sense for this sequence.

24. Candace was originally in the alley with the Feds, Fire, Money and Blast in this ending sequence, but they decided to cut them when that plot and relationship was successfully closed.

Best in Context-Free Comment

“It’s always interesting to see a sex scene in the room with your kids.”

“Patrick Wilson is the biggest Van Halen fan in the world.”

“We’re going to look at your eggs so just be prepared.”

“It’s as close to a rom-com as I’ll probably ever be.”

“For me, IMDB and IndieWire are the two websites that I despise.”

“That was robbed, it should have been in a theatrical release.”

“Like a cannonball run for freaks.”

Final thoughts

Stretch remains an absolutely good time for a movie. Yes, the voice-over narration is over the top and unnecessary, but Carnahan and his friends hit every other note to balance a somber comic-book tone, deliver great characters and performers, and ultimately give viewers a highly enjoyable ride. The commentary is fun for the filmmaker and his kids, who both spent time on the stretch set during production, and it’s clear they are a family of movie buffs. Buy the Blu, watch the movie, and listen to the commentary.

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