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I Think I Love My Wife Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

… not nearly as good as Pootie Tang. Read full review

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In I Think I Love My Wife, Chris Rock does something entirely unexpected. He isn't funny.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie, full of wan gags and tedious situations, is directed blandly by Rock.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I Think I Love My Wife has got to be the unlikeliest French New Wave classic ever to be retrofitted by a famous African-American stand-up comedian best known for his stinging social commentary -- at least until Dave Chappelle remakes Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" as a hip-hop caper.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The results fall short of the grown-up comedy about seven-year itches it could've been, asking the Hamlet-like question: to scratch or not to scratch?

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    What is missing in depth and philosophical intent is compensated for with humor and humanization.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Rock's so-so temptation comedy earns its R rating.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like Chris Rock's popular stand-up routines (think HBO, not Saturday Night Live), this comedy contains graphic sexual banter and innuendo. Rock plays a successful, sex-starved husband who fantasizes about every attractive woman who passes by. When a super-sexy beauty from his past shows up with come-hither looks, he obsesses about her availability. The temptation to commit adultery -- even when depicted by a usually hilarious comedian like Rock -- isn't exactly kid- or teen-friendly material. There's no actual sex, but Rock's character definitely has sex on the brain. And he swears up a storm, too.

  • Families can talk about gender and objectification. Is it OK to think of women purely as sex objects? Does the movie offer any alternative perspectives on women? What messages do movies and TV shows send about adultery? Families can also talk about the movie's racial overtones. Was it odd that Richard was the only black executive at his firm? List some role models of successful (not just rich) African Americans in movies and on TV.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Richard spends most of the film objectifying women -- from beautiful passengers on the commuter train to cleavage-baring sales clerks and waitresses. Every beautiful woman is seen as a tease, flaunting her obvious sexuality -- except, of course, for Brenda. Nikki says that Richard has "n----r ears," because he listens to songs by black musicians.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Richard gets a thorough beat-down from Nikki's thuggish ex-boyfriend.

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    Sex: Although there's very little actual sex -- just one scene of foreplay when the camera lingers on a woman in a bra and thong panties -- there's plenty of sexual banter: "I can't wait to suck your d--k," "Are you still f--king?," "She's like a work of art I'd like to mount," etc.

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    Language: Do you even have to wonder? Like Rock's stand-up routine, the movie has plenty of profanity, from racial terms like the "N" word and "cracker" to dozens of "f--k"s and its derivatives. There's also a lot of sex talk, like "d--k" and "p---y."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: More product placements than usual: Chopard watches, Porsche convertible, Volvo station wagon, iPods, and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name just a few. And, of course, Viagra.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Viagra might as well have received its own film credit since it's so heavily featured as the drug of choice for George and, later, Richard. Nikki also smokes incessantly, even in smoke-free places, and Richard gets drunk at a Manhattan nightclub. Two couples have wine at dinner.

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