|A Guy Thing|
Well, they'd seem wacky if we didn't spot every one of them coming a mile off. This film features stale frat boy comic bits combined with zany slapstick antics the likes of which we haven't seen since Three's Company was cancelled in 1984. (Yes, there's lots of embarrassed sniggering about sex!) The plot isn't remotely probable, and the film is directed in a broad, goofy way that keeps us from ever buying into any of the romantic entanglements. Everyone overacts shamelessly, the comic veteran actors are all underused, and the uninspired plot just gets worse until the flat-footed climax. It's colourful and lively enough to keep us awake and waiting for a genuinely funny line. And it has that earnest Hollywood sheen to it that pretends to be meaningful at the end. As if. Well, it is life-changing: It makes you never want to watch another rom-com as long as you live.
dir Chris Koch|
scr Greg Glienna, Pete Schwaba, Matt Tarses, Bill Wrubel
with Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, Shawn Hatosy, Lochlyn Munro, Thomas Lennon, James Brolin, Larry Miller, Julie Hagerty, Diana Scarwid, David Koechner, Jackie Burroughs
release US 17.Jan.03; UK 13.Jun.03
Who are you? Nice guy Paul (Lee) is completely shocked to wake up with a strange woman (Stiles) after his bachelor night party.
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