Thursday, July 03, 2008

Overlooked DVD of the month - I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN

I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN is a very witty satire at the expense of the superficiality of TV studio execs, played out in the form of a romantic comedy. It features a star cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd and Saiorse Ronan, who went on to win acclaim for her role in ATONEMENT. British comedy fans will be delighted with cameos from Graham Norton and Mackenzie Crook. And yet, this film went straight to video in the UK.

I have no idea why this movie bombed. I found it really hillarious, spot-on in its social critique and pretty insightful about how men and women approach ageing. Pfeiffer plays a forty something TV exec who writes a teen sitcom in the manner of SAVED BY THE BELL. She's trying to "moisturize her way back to her twenties" and believes that by wearing a Ramones t-shirt and maintaining her college weight she can fight off the ageing proces. Paul Rudd plays the twenty something cast-member who tries to date her. Already, you've got a movie that takes the piss out of the fact that all the supposed teens on US TV are actually married with kids. And then you have the meta critique with Rudd and Pfeiffer playing people ten years younger than they are.

All I can say is, that this movie is definitely worth seeking out. It far surpasses all those Judd Apatow movies on the laugh-out-loud-o-meter. If you liked CLUELESS or KNOCKED UP - this is one for you!

I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN opened in Spain, Belgium, Greece, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, the Netherlands, Russia, Hungary, Estonia, Indonesia and Israel in 2007. It opened earlier in 2008 in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and Mexico. It went straight to video in the US and UK.

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