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Awesome: 10.81%
Worth A Look: 13.51%
Average: 24.32%
Pretty Bad: 10.81%
Total Crap40.54%

2 reviews, 25 user ratings

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by Ryan Arthur

"Hi, this is Schwimmer."
3 stars


But yet, I still like it.

Yes, Schwimmer's a hack. I think the only reason he took the role was the chance to say fuck and try and act like the bad boy.

It failed.

Perhaps it would've been better had Schwimmer taken the loser role of the writer, Jay, and had Jason Lee taken the role of Max, the womanizer. Perhaps. But the plot itself reads like a sitcom premise. It's ultimately the story that fails the film, not the performances, because quite frankly, Jason Lee's the only reason I watched it.

Lee has the potential to be a major talent. But he's made the misstep in being in a movie with a Must-See-TV person. The movie isn't that great (there's the misstep), but it shows how much better of an actor Lee is as compared to Schwimmer. It's not as good as his portrayal as Banky in Chasing Amy, but it's a hell of a lot better than Schwimmer's performance here (or in The Pallbearer, for that matter). Maybe Lee will have better luck in Enemy Of The State.

Anyway. Jay (Lee) sets his friend Max (Schwimmer) up with his book editor, Sam (Mili Avital). They fall for each other. But Max is worried that Sam might stray from him, so he gets Jay to try and woo her. Of course, Jay and Sam end up falling for each other, but will it work out in the end.

You figure it out. It's not too difficult.

Some occasionally funny moments, but otherwise unmemorable.

Not a horrible movie, just not that great.

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User Comments

11/04/16 Jackson paul David Schwimmer is the best actor in this film the rest of them sucked 4 stars
6/24/16 Dane Youssef Only Jason Lee in his first major lead and watching him and David attempting to break type. 1 stars
12/17/13 Dane Youssef Just an utter waste of time. Rip off of Smith's "Chasing Amy." Don't even bother. 1 stars
11/21/05 Jeff Anderson Unfunny & charmless so-called "comedy". Kari Wuhrer(always a blast)is badly, BADLY WASTED!! 1 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby It's okay. Nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done. Agreeably acted. 3 stars
11/04/02 Del Not too bad 3 stars
10/31/01 I Love David Schwimmer! All of you fucking suck! David Schwimmer is a talented, likable actor. He was the best part 5 stars
6/21/01 Cathryn Why, yes, Jaosn Lee *is* the only reason to see this movie. 2 stars
7/12/00 Elvisfan not bad, good to see bonnie hunt in anything 4 stars
5/30/00 natasha good performances undermined by uneven tone 3 stars
4/21/00 David Sc-whiner FUCK YOU ALL!I AM GOD!BETTE THAN YE! 5 stars
1/10/00 Will hey look it's Banky and Ross. Puke. 2 stars
9/26/99 C.A.T.M. I hate love stories, yet LOVED this one!! Perfect!! Great cast. 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson This movie rocks! Classic dialouge, Jason Lee is the illest. 4 stars
4/12/99 Randall Lee is the man, watch it for him. 4 stars
3/23/99 Nootch It was a great film. Both Lee and Schwimmer were hilarious. "What uuuup?" 5 stars
3/17/99 Ah Dooey What gives? One more thing: what a wimpy movie! 1 stars
3/02/99 THE Juicester I liked it it was charming and funny 4 stars
11/30/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! Really bad casting!!,Bonnie Hunt is the only laugh...a comedy for the simple-minded. 2 stars
9/23/98 Milhouse Faqw Schiwimmer must die. He is the worst actor in the history of the universe. Let's hang him! 1 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Don't see this movie. An indulgence for Schwimmer and his buds. Lee was hoodwiwnked. 1 stars
8/20/98 The Man With The Helmet Poor Jason Lee must have wanted to punch Schwimmer out. Bad casting. 1 stars
8/16/98 J-Guy BORING. 1 stars
8/16/98 Johny David Schwimmer killed every scene he was in 2 stars
8/15/98 {{{OZ}}} Why are the two leads playing the wrong characters? What gives? 1 stars
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  20-Feb-1998 (R)
  DVD: 17-Mar-2003



Directed by
  Doug Ellin

Written by
  James Frey
  Doug Ellin

  David Schwimmer
  Jason Lee
  Mili Avital
  Bonnie Hunt
  Vanessa Angel
  Kari Wuhrer

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