A Guy Thing's premise is standard and remarkably uneventful. Paul (Jason Lee) thinks marrying the sweet and perfect Karen (Selma Blair) and working for his tough soon-to-be father-in-law Ken (James Brolin) is the best thing he's got. Until he meets Becky (Julia Stiles) the girl he wakes up with after his wild bachelor party. Paul can't remember what happened but assumes the worst and tells Karen a little lie to cover it up. His friends tell him it's fine it's "a guy thing" and he shouldn't feel guilty but in the week before his nuptials he watches the whole thing blow up in his face. See Becky is Karen's free-spirited cousin a girl who lives life to the fullest. Even if Paul wanted to forget Becky and the apparent incident he can't especially when he realizes he is beginning to have feelings for Becky and that maybe Karen isn't the right girl for him. Oh boy he's got some s'plaining to do. This is life folks--these are the tough choices you've got to make. Or so that's what the film wants us to remember when we walk out of the theater with our sides splitting from laughing so hard. Right.
After last year's stinker Stealing Harvard one would have hoped Jason Lee learned his lesson--but apparently not. The thing is the guy is talented. He's shown great comedic flair alongside director Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy) but it's obvious his judgment has been impaired somewhere along the way. Lee looks like he is sleepwalking through most of the film as Paul does nothing more than react to all the craziness around him typically coming to his senses just in the nick of time. Blair (Legally Blonde) once again plays the country-club princess to a tee but someone please give this actress something meaty for a change. She can handle it. Yet it's Stiles who surprises you in A Guy Thing. Venturing into a balls-out comedy for the first time she just seems so out of place in the romantic comedy milieu. You think it isn't going to work but then suddenly you realize she's grown on you and Becky's gangly klutzy style becomes the only refreshing thing in this tired genre movie. Larry Miller also makes a hilarious appearance as Paul's minister neighbor who has seen the whole "guy thing" transpire. Funny stuff.
Someone really needs to tell why these vacuous romantic comedies keep getting made. A Guy Thing portends to be different claiming the comedy comes from real-life choices rather than from outlandish unbelievable situations. OK then it makes sense Paul would climb out his future in-laws' bathroom window to escape seeing Becky only to get hung up on a tree limb then get shot at by big bad daddy Ken and then have to climb back in the bathroom and wind up squirting a shampoo bottle into the toilet to make it seem like he was having gastric problems to those listening outside the bathroom door. Sure that happens all the time. Comedy works best when it's a tad outrageous and don't think A Guy Thing is anything but although it fails most of the time. Still under the guidance of director Chris Koch (Snow Day) the film has a few laugh-out-loud moments including the rehearsal dinner scene where a pharmacy technician caters the meal (don't ask) and spikes the gravy with marijuana resulting in priceless reactions from some veteran actors such as Diana Scarwid and Julie Hagerty playing the two mothers. The actual meaning of "a guy thing " which can ultimately be defined as a guy's inclination to back his buddies up also gets explained in a few hilarious ways. Overall though it's just one formulaic moment after another.
Yoko Ono unveiled a seven-foot bronze statue of John Lennon on Friday commemorating the renaming of Liverpool's airport to "Liverpool John Lennon Airport," Reuters reports. Under the statue of the late Beatle are the words "Above us only sky" from the song "Imagine." Sculpted by local artist Tom Murphy, the statue overlooks the check-in hall in the newly remodeled terminal. Ono recently purchased Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool and donated it to the National Trust, which already owns Paul McCartney's childhood home.
The case brought against 20th Century Fox accusing the studio of damaging a tropical island in Thailand while shooting The Beach will be re-opened in a Thai court in May. In order to create an idyllic tropical setting for the film, the studio planted dozens of coconut trees at Maya Beach on Phi Phi Lek island in 1999. According to Ananova.com, the Krabi Provincial Administration and island residents filed a lawsuit demanding that the ecosystem be restored, claiming the beach has since been destroyed by monsoon rains because the studio destroyed the natural vegetation that once protected the beach.
Fox's Celebrity Boxing on Wednesday night scored some of the season's highest ratings for an entertainment special. The hour-long show, which featured boxing matches between Tonya Harding and Paula Jones, Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams and Vanilla Ice and Todd Bridges, won its 9 p.m. time slot with 15.48 million viewers, reports Variety. A second installment of Celebrity Boxing is under consideration but no decision has been made yet.
Rumor has it that Paul McCartney and Heather Mills will tie the knot in the Hamptons on June 6, Sky News reports. The two met in 1999 and announced last summer that they would get married some time next year, but gave no further details.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to revive two action franchises from Warner Bros., including a remake of Michael Crichton's Westworld and a third installment of the Conan the Barbarian series, reports Entertainment Weekly. Schwarzenegger is also starring in Warner Bros.' Terminator 3, which is slated for release in July 2003.
The Screen Actors Guild has told its members not to sign non-union contracts for Russell Crowe's Master and Commander, which begins filming in Baja, California, this summer. According to Variety, SAG is enforcing its "Global Rule One" which disciplines members who work non-union outside the United States.
Ethiopian officials have complained that the film Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie only shows the country's drought and starvation in 1984 and none of the progress made since, the Associated Press reports. A spokesman for the Ethiopian embassy in South Africa said that the media should "strive to include [a] positive image of our continent" and that "negative images about Ethiopia [do] not help the whole of Africa."
Daryl Hannah has joined the ensemble cast of Quentin Tarantino's next project Kill Bill. The film stars Uma Thurman and Warren Beatty. Lucy Liu is also in final talks to come on board. Shooting is set to begin in June in California, China, Japan and Mexico, reports Variety.
Singer Lauren Hill and magician David Blaine will join performers at the live auction benefit People and Places With No Name on Tuesday at the Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. The auction will feature fine art, photography and jewelry, with proceeds going to providing awareness and aid in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Angola, Launch.com reports.
U2 frontman Bono says he has a new name around the White House: "The Pest." Bono met with President Bush on Thursday to discuss AIDS and the administration's new initiative on U.S. aid to poor countries, AP reports. He told reporters, "I am a pest; I am a stone in the shoe of a lot of people living here in this town; a squeaky wheel."