A Guy Thing

Paul is about to get married. In movie world, that means his wife to be is attractive yet dull. She is practical, smart, and a snazzy dresser. This also means that Paul (Jason Lee, Stealing Harvard, Big Trouble) is about to meet the woman of his dreams, who is everything his fiancee is not. She is spontaneous, wild, happy, and probably going nowhere. Lo and behold, at his bachelor party, Paul meets Becky (Julia Stiles, The Bourne Identity, O), one of the hula girls. The next morning, Paul wakes up and finds Becky next to him. Even worse, his fiancee Karen (Selma Blair, The Sweetest Thing, Legally Blonde) is on the way over. And, Paul later learns that Becky is Karen's cousin! Oh no!

Greg Glienna (Meet the Parents, Desperation Boulevard), Pete Schwaba, Matt Tarses, and Bill Wrubel all have script credit, and it still feels by the numbers. The biggest mistake in all these types of movies is that they fail to give the viewer any reason why Paul and Karen belong together. From what people see, of course Paul will fall for Becky. Why the heck did he go so far as to prepare for a marriage with Karen? She's boring! She's dull! And she's more often than not portrayed by Blair! Come on Selma! Do better!

Anyways, these four "writers" come up with many ways to get Paul and Becky to spend time together, which slowly forces Paul to realize the potential mistake he is making. Part of what they think is funny is that when these contrived situations don't happen, Becky still happens to be wherever Paul is. Lee, Stiles, and Blair are three actors who have a lot of personality. They can do many different things, and working with this piece of junk script is far beneath their talents. They do bring a little life to these dull proceedings, but not much.

There is nothing original in A Guy Thing. It suffers from being too generic, with too many standard characters stuffed into the movie. Aside from the three mentioned previously, there is the horny friend, the stuffy rich in-laws and the crazy lower-class parents. Director Chris Koch (Snow Day) effectively sits back and connects the dots. This is a very lazy romantic comedy. Fill in the blanks, add a vicious animal, some toilet humor, and viola! Moreover, this review contains the HARO Online record for number of exclamation marks!

Haro Rates It: Not That Good.
1 hour, 41 minutes, Rated PG-13 for language, crude humor, some sexual content, and drug references.

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