What? Tonight isn’t “Endless Boneless Wings Night” at TGIFriday’s???
It’s no secret that men and women have different ways of looking at relationships & marriages. If you ask most men, you would probably find that they feel neglected and trapped in a sexless cohabitation. If you asked most women they would probably say that they feel as if men act like children, want only one thing and are neglectful of their feelings. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. We are 2 different critters, physically and mentally. So attacking this premise are the Farrelly Brothers. With such classics as “Something About Mary” and “Dumb & Dumber,” this comedy isn’t quite as relentless as those, however it does have its moments where it is just as good as those 2 films. Unfortunately, in its entirety, it’s not as good.
The premise of the movie is this…what if 2 married men were granted a week to do whatever they wanted without repercussions from their wives. In this case, the 2 men are Owen Wilson and SNL alum, Jason Sudeikis. Their wives are Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate. So right off the bat you have problem #1. There is no way Sudeikis and Applegate would be a couple. Seriously…she’s WAY too hot for him. So there’s that. Anyway…so the guys have a week to themselves to do whatever (i.e. sleep with whoever) they want. So what do they do? Well…they spend ample amounts of time TALKING about sleeping with other women but very little time doing it. And that’s where the funniest parts of the movie lie. Even when they try, they both come across as ridiculous dorks who couldn’t get laid if they were the last men on Earth. Meanwhile, their wives are at the beach, playing beach volleyball with the local minor league baseball team and drinking beer. Who is getting the most out of this situation? Well…that is up to you to decide. However along the way there are many uncomfortable moments and some of the most hysterical situations that the Farrelly’s could come up with. The only problem is they don’t happen on a regular basis. There is still the whole “If I do this I won’t be able to live with myself” syndrome that permeates films like this and so we are forced to watch as all 4 of the characters have their “moment” where they must decide whether their love is stronger than a one night fling. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s not.
There are many things I liked and disliked about this movie. The Brothers Farrelly are well known for their penchant for gross humor and, except for 2 exceptions (which are HYSTERICAL), they keep the bodily functions to a minimum. I liked all the characters, even if I did find the Applegate/Sudeikis pairing a little far-fetched. And there are a few scenes where the dialogue just isn’t good. But in their defense, it’s the Farrelly’s ability to find something funny in just about any situation that makes this film very much a must see. If anything, for the last scene which is, without a doubt, one of the greatest endings to any film I have ever seen! I put this up there as a good date night movie. If anything, you’ll definitely have something to talk about on the way home!
Overall Rating: B+