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Overall Rating
2.25

Awesome: 3.57%
Worth A Look: 7.14%
Average30.36%
Pretty Bad: 28.57%
Total Crap30.36%

4 reviews, 32 user ratings



Someone Like You
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by Greg Muskewitz

"All gushy and gooey."
3 stars

I don't really understand my obsession with movie titles, or at least the desire for unique titles, but it generally seems to bother me when studios, or directors, or whoever is in control of such things, alters an unusual, unique title, into something generic and dull. "Dancing About Architecture" becomes "Playing by Heart." The as-of-yet unreleased "Squelch" became the ordinary "Joy Ride," and so many more that I could write a whole column about that, but to lead into what got me here, the transformation of "Animal Husbandry" into "Someone Like You." Yawn. Not that it's false advertising, but doesn't that just ring Chick-Flick? Well, as if not to deceive by appearance, Chick-Flick it is, and it lays on that coating like Skippy Peanutbutter.

Ashley Judd is the every-woman/luckless-with-love, thinks she has it taken care of when Greg Kinnear heats things up, but then leaves her out to dry. Distraught over her success-rate (moreover, lack thereof), she searches for what may be the cause, and traces the behavior to that of cows. Why? Because once a bull has knocked up the cows, he doesn't return to them again, and if he is to procreate again, he must be brought new cows. So as Judd carefully points out, "We're identified as already-serviced." She fights to prove her point, and her fictiously-named article goes on to be a hit, but her vehemence is so very indomitable, for as she puts it, "Because if this theory is wrong, all men don't leave women, they leave me!"

How very convenient for her co-worker-cum-roommate, as synonymous with womanizing as Hannibal Lecter is with "human hunger" and Jackson Pollock is with alcoholism, they will end up together as predictably and as lamely as similar characters in teen movies do.

I wouldn't call "Someone Like You" bad, because it is what it labels itself as, and beyond that, it makes no promises that it can break. I'm just hard-pressed to say that this is a decent example of what girlie-movies should yearn to be like. It's so gushy and gooey. After all, this is thoroughly water-down, filtered, biased, predictable, vindictive, corny, and much more, but it passes by on some light charm mostly on the behalf of Judd. She has an unflattering scene jumping about in her undies like the cheerleader she was, but I give her credit for attaining the cutsieness she paraded around for. But her character seems like an extension, or familial relative of her Lexie character from "Where the Heart Is." (Just as lost, undiscerning, but quick on the gun --or knob, if you know what I mean.) The females seem to have a new lust toy with Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman, and he fits such ranks pretty well. Kinnear does his prick as unlikably and realistic as usual, and even Marisa Tomei has her amusing moments. But "Someone Like You" never breaks out of the crusty mold it was bourn into, and what little attempts it makes to branch out carry it nowhere. This is but another example of Big Hollywood (like Big Tobacco) cashing in on a formula, but with the same old ingredients instead of the harmful additives or addictiveness.

Final Verdict: B-.

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User Comments

1/25/17 Suzanne Weak plot, but Ashley and Hugh ARE cute together 3 stars
10/01/10 PAUL SHORTT PREDICTABLE AND FORMULAIC 1 stars
1/28/10 Luisa Good chick flick 4 stars
12/07/07 Gigi This is a fantastic movie; and any movie critic who calls this crap IS fooling himself. 4 stars
10/24/04 Jenna Furr Cock-and-bull theory shows up Trashley Dudd as a sore loser. 1 stars
9/14/04 Marvin Totally lame, but TWISTED makes me pine for this the good ol days of Ashley Judd's career! 2 stars
4/26/04 Wendy Jones How does a total crap film have a saving grace, Jack Somersby? 2 stars
3/30/04 Faustus It is what it is. Nothing earth-shattering, but nothing totally offensive, either. 3 stars
11/25/03 Ernestine Ashley Judd is an overrated skank with a brattitude. 2 stars
7/25/03 Shadaan Feleli Except for the totaly pointless talkshow ending sequence i loved the film. 4 stars
7/12/03 Sixteen Yoke of Oxygen Actually Eric, "date movie" means the last kind of movie I'd wanna be stuck with a date at! 2 stars
4/25/03 Valerie Cameron How can Ashley Judd be so anal-retentive! Does she use Krazy Glue? 2 stars
4/17/03 Y. Roger Gregory And they say Ashley Crudd is gonna be in four films in 2002. Groan, groan! 2 stars
4/08/03 Jack Sommersby Pandering-down-to-and-audience dreck. Jackman is film's saving grace. 1 stars
4/02/03 Jenna Furr Cock-and-bull theory shows up Trashley Dudd as a sore loser. 1 stars
10/10/02 TheOthersFan sad 2 stars
9/04/02 The Chronic Mastubator I truly despise Ashley Judd. She can't act for shit, and this movie is equally fucking lame 1 stars
9/02/02 AshFan Hugh Jackman's cool, and it has laughs, but it's a chick flick. 3 stars
8/11/02 karen goldstein I normaly like these lame girly movies but this one is waaaay too pathetic! 1 stars
6/11/02 Me zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........... 1 stars
4/26/02 AgentDS Threee words: Hugh Jackman shirtless. 'Nuff Said. 5 stars
3/16/02 Y. Roger Gregory And they say Ashley Crudd is gonna be in four films in 2002. Groan, groan! 2 stars
1/27/02 Valerie Cameron How can Ashley Judd be so anal-retentive? Does she use Krazy glue? 2 stars
1/04/02 KMG Hugh, forget your wife,,,spread my legs and put your hot 9 incher in my puss! 3 stars
7/26/01 Clara was pretty bad, took a nose dive in the last 10min. and i usually like romantic comedys 2 stars
5/15/01 MARK J. INGEMI I saw the movie twice , & I thought that the entire cast gave a wonderful performace. 5 stars
4/17/01 Truth Will Set You Free Ahhh, Judd has very curvy body. I love the way her beautiful ass curves. 1 stars
4/17/01 JustJeff I'd rather watch Greg Kinnear cheat with Hugh Jackman - this movie sucked my left nut. 1 stars
4/13/01 MJA Ashley Judd callsin her performance in this ultra-formulaic piece of garbage. 1 stars
4/06/01 jay Ashley Judd carries this ideal date movie . 4 stars
4/04/01 Katsat Judd & Jackman very charming & appealing but story & direction lacking. 3 stars
4/01/01 James Ashley Judd needs play roles where she is mute 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  30-Mar-2001

UK
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Australia
  12-Jul-2001 (M)


Directed by
  Tony Goldwyn

Written by
  Elizabeth Chandler

Cast
  Ashley Judd
  Greg Kinnear
  Hugh Jackman
  Ellen Barkin
  Marisa Tomei
  Hugh Downs



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