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Overall Rating
2.75

Awesome: 5.56%
Worth A Look33.33%
Average: 19.44%
Pretty Bad: 13.89%
Total Crap: 27.78%

3 reviews, 18 user ratings


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She's The One
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Edward Burns' amusing second movie."
4 stars

Edward Burns has been called the Irish-Catholic Woody Allen, and in some respects he earns the title. Allen's humor is suffused with guilt, neurosis, family dysfunction, and the eternal craziness between men and women. Burns works the same side of the street. He isn't Jewish like Woody, but urban Jews and urban Irish-Catholics share a knack for expecting the worst -- think of Denis Leary's rants -- and finding it funny.

She's the One, Burns' follow-up to 1995's witty The Brothers McMullen, continues his wry examination of Irish machismo and its growing irrelevance in the '90s. In both movies, grown sons are warped by their fathers' neolithic approach to women; these twentysomethings either reject the old man's example or follow his advice, and neither tactic guarantees happiness.

Burns, a natural and engaging actor himself, here plays Mickey, a New York cabbie who took off for three years after finding his fiancée Heather (Cameron Diaz) in a questionable position with a man whose hairy ass has become legendary. Mick's brother Francis (Mike McGlone, from McMullen) is a Wall Street sleazo who's cheating on his wife Rene (Jennifer Aniston). The woman he's cheating with, it turns out, is Heather. Meanwhile, Mickey picks up a beautiful bartender named Hope (Maxine Bahns, Burns' real-life partner), who is going to a wedding in New Orleans and wants Mick to drive her. En route, they get married. This part of the movie is problematic for two reasons: We're never sure of Hope's motives -- is she using Mickey? -- and Bahns, although not a terrible actress, reads her lines as if doing just that: reading them.

For a while, I was afraid She's the One was headed for the can't-trust-men/can't-trust-women territory staked by the bitter Short Cuts, where everyone was an idiot. But Burns doesn't let us hate anyone -- not even the arrogant Francis (played with gusto by McGlone), the sort of guy who smugly asks his chauffeur, "Do I look as good as I think I look?" Everyone is allowed to have moments of craziness and sanity.

Burns focuses on the clueless brothers, but he doesn't give the women short shrift. Heather, for example, could have been an offensive cliché -- she paid her way through college by hooking -- but she's written (and played by the gifted Diaz) as a vulnerable woman looking for someone who won't pass judgment on her past. These women are daughters of Annie Hall: smart enough not to let men define them, but unsure how to define themselves. But they're models of stability next to the guys.

'She's the One' begins and ends aboard a small fishing boat where Mick's and Francis' dad (John Mahoney, who's great) spends all his time. So much time, in fact, that his own wife finds a way to fill his absence. The boat, I think, is both a joke and metaphor for the way commitment-phobic men always think there are other fish in the sea. At the start, Mickey is still casting about. At the end, he's made an amazing discovery: women are not fish. For these guys, Edward Burns is saying, that's real progress.

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User Comments

1/19/09 the dork knight someone was drunk when they wrote this. 2 stars
7/31/06 scott saul chick flick for guys 4 stars
1/12/05 Sam The third almost identical Ed Burns movie albeit with a better cast 2 stars
1/06/02 daniboy predictable, lame, stupid. 1 stars
11/30/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Failed from the start. 2 stars
9/11/01 Nice Guy Eddie one extra star for cameron and jennifer, yum! Other than that, so-so. Enjoyable. 4 stars
8/19/01 Rutegar Dupree How much money did Burns get from tobacco companies? Its a friggin' cigarette commercial! 1 stars
7/21/01 Joanna Burns is brilliant! This movie fuckin' rocks! 5 stars
2/19/01 Phil M. Afficianado Relax. Enjoy, for heaven's sake. For once a film my wife and I agreed was fun and smart. 4 stars
11/03/00 Cristopher Revilla bad movie, what a bullshit ending! 1 stars
10/15/99 Josh I liked it.....I found it relaxing, and I could relate to it. 4 stars
6/12/99 Biscus The Brother's McMullen plus one 4 stars
4/12/99 Tristynn is it possible for Edward to be any more of a genius?? I think not.. another great one Ed.. 5 stars
1/23/99 C Dub Utterly horrible 1 stars
10/28/98 Cage I found this film to be very entertaining and humorous. Jennifer Aniston is gorgeous!!! 4 stars
9/02/98 J-Guy got bored and stopped watching it half way through. it's snorer. 2 stars
9/01/98 MikeF this wasn't too good. 3 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee Burns extends his dick and films it. Again. Yawn. 2 stars
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  23-Aug-1996 (R)

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Directed by
  Edward Burns

Written by
  Edward Burns

Cast
  John Mahoney
  Edward Burns
  Mike McGlone
  Maxine Bahns
  Jennifer Aniston
  Cameron Diaz



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