A GUY THING is the latest in a spate of romantic comedies from Hollywood. Apparently, the studios are finding it cheaper to make these movies, which may earn a little profit that can help subsidize bigger projects. Like the recently released JUST MARRIED, A GUY THING relies on sexual humor for much of its running time. A GUY THING, however, is a bit sleazier than that movie, and, not surprisingly, less funny.
A GUY THING stars Jason Lee as Paul, a young advertising salesman who’s getting married to the boss’s beautiful daughter, Karen. At the bachelor party, Paul gets drunk. He wakes up next to Becky, one of the dancers at the island-themed restaurant where the party was held. Paul has to hustle Becky out of his place when his fiancée comes over to make final plans for the wedding.
It turns out later that Becky is Karen’s cousin. Paul tries unsuccessfully, and humorously, to avoid having Karen introduce him to her cousin. Then, however, he has to find ways of avoiding Becky’s angry, jealous ex-boyfriend, who happens to be a gung-ho cop. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that not only is Paul a better match for Becky, but Karen is a better match for Paul’s brother, who has a terrible crush on her. Can the right couples get together before the popcorn and soda run out?
A GUY THING has its funny moments and its clean moments. There is even a somewhat positive portrayal of the Christian minister who lives in Paul’s apartment complex, though it’s done in a comic vein. The movie, however, has too many off-color jokes and situations, including jokes about diarrhea, masturbation, getting crab lice, a pair of women’s panties, and spiking chicken gravy with marijuana. There is also plenty of foul language, including many light profanities.
In these respects, A GUY THING resembles some of the 1960s sex comedies Hollywood used to make, only it’s more sleazy. Thus, instead of taking after something like MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, A GUY THING takes after THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. Of course, GREEK WEDDING has made well over $200 million at the box office, and MARY made less than $175 million, but what’s a few million dollars among friends?
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SUMMARY: In A GUY THING, Jason Lee is a an engaged advertising salesman who finds himself falling for his fiancée’s cousin. A GUY THING has some funny moments and some clean moments, but it has too many off-color jokes and situations, and plenty of foul language.
(PaPa, C, B, Ab, PC, LLL, V, SS, N, A, DD, MM) Eclectic pagan worldview with one positive portrayal of one Christian minister (but done in a comic vein), some moral elements, and one brief scene mocks Christian belief in Satan but also mocks ignorant Christians who believe in backward masking of rock and roll records, an urban legend; a couple borderline politically correct moments; 25 obscenities (including one "f" word), seven strong profanities, 17 light profanities, jokes about diarrhea, and men scratch private parts after getting crab lice; slapstick violence such as klutzy woman, girl's ex punches another man and breaks eggs over his head, and couple trapped in shower by guard dog; significant sexual content and references such as implied fornication when engaged man wakes up next to another woman but later the girl says he passed out before anything happened, man gets crab lice from sitting on infected toilet seat and shaking hands with dirty infected guy, implied naked photos of attempted sexual rendezvous, and implied masturbation on said photos; upper male nudity, small images of apparently half-naked island girls in painting and larger painting of half-naked island girl in men's public bathroom; alcohol use, including use at loud bachelor party; smoking and people get stoned when caterer secretly spikes chicken gravy with marijuana; and, lying plays a major role in the humor, crooked cop tries to frame man and couple secretly enters man's apartment to steal spy photos of them.
GENRE: Romantic Comedy