William H. Macy
It's disappointing to think a movie with such a promising premise and clear stylistic appeal would eventually fall prey to something as pedestrian as a love story (albeit with an interesting enough twist—he's a psychopath, and she's a quadriplegic), but this film does it rather quickly. In turn, it gets much too bogged down with all of its sloppily handled ideas, mixing Elisha Cuthbert's annoying character with the film's overstated satire and failed attempts at humor—much of which is frustrating due to its incessant unbelievability. The comedy that does work can be attributed almost solely to the addition of a talking fish that converses with the introverted maniac, always voicing the opinions he's too reticent to say himself.
When HE WAS A QUIET MAN reaches its ending twist, there's a (as weird as this may sound) welcome lack of surprise, if only because the predictable finale eases some of the irritation found in many of the nonsensical plot developments. Thing is, it's not executed well enough to leave viewers anything other than puzzled, and not in a good way. At least it continues the trend from the rest of the film, always offering up some worthwhile bits and pieces, but never knowing how best to handle them.
Audio Commentary (with writer/director Frank Cappello): A lively and engaging, if a bit arrogant, commentary track. Cappello has every reason to be proud of his movie, but the level of pretension featured here is without justification.
Deleted and Alternate Scenes (20:00): These are worth watching for the two smartly excised alternate endings.
First Look at "He Was a Quiet Man" (10:30): For something so short, this featurette offers a great deal of substantial discussion. Check it out.
Also included is the film's Theatrical Trailer.