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A Guy Thing
(2003)
Reviewed by Tom Panarese
Rating: 6.5 Beans

eing a writer, I can understand how a single thought can result in something as large as a novel or full-length screenplay; however, I find it hard to believe that those responsible for "A Guy Thing" really thought they could fill 90 minutes based on a single exchange between a man and a woman:

"What are you talking about?"
"It's a guy thing."

That joke appears several times in this movie, which while it isn't 90 minutes of agony or anything, is still pretty tough to get through, especially since that original idea was obviously edited along the way to post-production and now reads:

"What are you talking about?"
"It's a guy thing."
INSERT GENERIC ROMANTIC COMEDY "DATE MOVIE" PLOT HERE.

What we have here is Paul (Jason Lee), a typical nice guy who is about to get married to Karen (Selma Blair), an uptight WASP-y brunette with the appropriate sweater-and-pearls wardrobe and cropped haircut. At his bachelor party, Paul meets Becky (Julia Stiles), one of the dancers at a tiki-themed bar. Paul has a few too many and wakes up the next morning to find Becky in bed with him.

Of course, Paul cannot remember a single detail from the previous night and he sets out to uncover a) who this girl was, b) how she got there, and c) why he suddenly has crabs (a detail that sets up the inevitable "price check over the microphone at the drug store" joke). To make matters worse, he keeps running into Becky, who seems to be working a new job every time he sees her. And then comes the real twist: Becky is Karen's cousin.

Paul and Becky talk to one another and sort out what happened and he discovers that Becky is, of course, the complete opposite of Karen--whereas Karen is uptight and cautious, Becky is free-spirited and daring. Paul begins hanging out with Becky, much to the dismay of her ex-boyfriend, Ray (Lochlyn Munro), a crooked police officer whose psychotic bent gets Paul involved in an internal affairs investigation to take Ray down.

"A Guy Thing" attempts to build on these mishaps and hijinks to deliver what could be a "Sixteen Candles"-esque wedding finale. Paul and Karen's parents meet in an attempt to ape "Meet the Parents;" Paul's brother Pete (Thomas Lennon), who first introduced him to Karen, is a little too obsessed with the bride; and Paul's involvement with internal affairs is predictably wacky. But at his wedding, disaster and slapstick does not occurr. Instead, Paul preaches about the importance of taking risks in life, something he has obviously learned from time spent with Becky. The problem is, the movie falls completely flat, though it's hard to do anything but fall completely flat when there isn't much there to begin with.

Besides, when you really think about it, do you know many guys who would have gone to see "A Guy Thing?"






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