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A Guy Thing (2003)

  Directed by: Chris Koch
Written by: Greg Glienna, Pete Schwaba, Matt Tarses, Bill Wrubel
Starring: Selma Blair, Jason Lee, Julia Stiles
Links: A Guy Thing on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"A Predictable Thing" - a review by pearly

A Guy Thing is a mediocre romantic comedy in which Paul (Jason Lee), who is engaged to Karen (Selma Blair), finds himself waking up in bed next to Becky (Julia Stiles) the morning after his buck's night. After making up excuses to Karen, he keeps crossing paths with Becky, and eventually learns that she is Karen's cousin.

As much as I love quality cinema with original storylines, top calibre actors, and innovative style, I have also been known to swallow up a romantic comedy whole on occasion. The romantic comedy is one of those genres that, like an animation, a general comedy, or a kid's movie, can be an escape - just a couple of hours kicking back with something that doesn't hurt your brain too much.

Going along with this thinking, A Guy Thing should be the perfect vehicle. Firstly, it's got great stars in it; Blair is well enough respected for independent films (though she's heading more in the direction of someone like Reese Witherspoon now, by pushing into the mainstream), Stiles is always a lot of fun to watch, and Lee has a bit of street cred too.

A Guy Thing fails to be anything special though. It's filled with the kind of sight gags that you might find in There's Something About Mary (1998), and stupid little plays on words that didn't really even make me laugh. And sure, Stiles looks cute in that little grass skirt costume at the start, but I need a little more than that!

Okay, so, A Guy Thing wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but I still had to check out the special features section of the DVD to try and figure out why the three main actors would have agreed to be in it. This turned out to be a bad move, as the "making-of" documentary consisted of the three, plus director Chris Koch rabbiting on about how much fun it was to work on, and making up stupid stories about each other that were meant to be funny, but weren't. I had to switch it off halfway through.

The title of the movie is based on a scene in which Karen calls up the local savings store to try and catch Paul in a lie. He has told her that the dirty women's undies that she has just found must have been like that when he bought them for her. The guy at the store, realising that some guy must be about to be dumped over this, confirms his story, and then says to the customers, who have overheard the whole conversation, "it's a guy thing". A stupid and unflattering premise which illustrates the atmosphere of the movie perfectly.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 13 Jan 2004

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