Dave's Rating:


… so tired.

Who's in It: Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Billy Crudup, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, Garry Shandling

The Basics: It's a good thing this movie is set during a pretty Manhattan autumn and that the characters have great apartments to look at while you're being bored by the lack of funny going on. Because if that stuff weren't in play, this romantic comedy would be even more worthless.

What's the Deal? It's about how men can't commit and how women don't get enough orgasms and how monogamy is, apparently, the dumbest invention ever and leads to infidelity. But it's not funny, except for two moments, both of them involving Moore. In one scene, she shoves an entire piece of cake into her mouth and then, in another, she describes the action on a porn video to Duchovny while he, um, takes care of some important business. I just saved you 10 bucks.

Bad Idea No. 1: Opening your movie with a shot of a theater marquee advertising a much better movie. In this case, it's last year's Funny Ha Ha. I know no one saw Funny Ha Ha, but it's awesome — way funnier and smarter than this.

Bad Idea No. 2: Emulating the comedy stylings of Garry Marshall. There are fart and poop gags throughout, including a moment when acclaimed actor Billy Crudup talks openly at a restaurant meal about a bowel movement he just had and what its contents were. You can guess the usual food suspects. It's not that this is so gross; it's that it's so tired.

Movies in Which Julianne Moore Was Funnier Than Here, a Film Directed by Her Own Husband, for Crying Out Loud: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Body of Evidence, Psycho, The End of the Affair, Freedomland


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