DVD: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Retail & rental, (Warner)

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Brad Pitt stars as a man who's born old, and then ages in reverse.

Taking nothing more than the concept from Fitzgerald's mordant short story, it's a long, bloated retread of Forrest Gump (which had the same screenwriter) which glories in such profound insights as: "You never know what's going to happen." Bizarrely, none of the characters is at all curious about Button's case, and Benjamin himself is so glazed and passive that his topsy-turvy chronology doesn't seem to matter to him.