GUY THING, A

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

When a man wakes up the morning after his bachelor party in bed with a strange woman he presumes he must have cheated on his fiancee.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Paul Coleman is a week away from marrying Karen when he wakes up next to a dancer he met at his stag do. He quickly ushers her out of the flat and hopes never to see her again. Sadly it is a matter of hours before he is introduced to her again as Karen’s cousin Becky. Paul tries to make it to his wedding day without Karen finding out – an aim that is made more difficult by Becky’s crazy ex-boyfriend, overzealous police and the complex web of lies Paul spins to cover himself.
The movie itself, despite a bit of slowness and a few jokes that don’t come off as funny as the writer’s intended, is still pretty funny and I found a rather intelligent film. The themes of conformity and “taking the safe route” seemed to cleverly align on several layers. For example, there was the whole motif of how he would imagine scenarios but would never act on them until the last scene, or how he was listening to a radio program on the highway talking about how everyone conforms, or just how everything selma blair and julia stiles’ characters said and did was echoed by those themes of one person being the safe choice and one being the risky choice.

The Blu-Ray comes with the DVD special features ported over to the new Blu-Ray disc. It’s the usual assortment of featurettes, commentary and alternate takes. But, it continues this new streak of MGM maxing out the bitrates for their transfers. I love seeing such crystal clear clarity on these older flicks. Sure, trailers and other junk would be nice supplemental material, but I’ll take what I can get. I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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