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I Think I Love My Wife
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Aug 7, 2007 By: Sturdy
I Think I Love My Wife order
Director:
Chris Rock

Actors:
Chris Rock
Steve Buscemi
Gina Torres

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A successful, married man begins to question his life and his relationship with his wife. A female friend from his past complicates matters by showing up and making herself available to him. Given the two options he has to decide what he really wants and the consequences of his choices.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE was a poignant look at what itís like to be a successful married man and the emotions and feelings associated with that success. Every man in the world fantasizes about cheating on their spouse, so thatís nothing new. What Chris Rock managed to do is verbalize the motives behind it and the intelligent rationalization out of the cheating. Basically, the movie sums up the famous bumper sticker that reads: ďNo matter how pretty you think she is, someone, somewhere, is sick of her crap.Ē How true that is.

I was also very pleased with Chris Rock for avoiding making this film a race-specific film. It obviously discusses race at times, but thatís not the focus of the film. It has an all African-American cast, but the film reaches far past a specific demographic. If youíre a married man of any race, youíll appreciate this film. Chris Rock has always had clever, real views about racism and other social issues and in this film, he touches on a lot of them without sounding preachy. Itís a good film with an honest look at juggling career and married life.

As much as I enjoyed the film, itís not without its problems. For starters, it has a very amateurish feel to it. I can chalk that up to the inexperienced Chris Rock. He doesnít do a lot of directing, and that hurt him at times. There were also many scenes where everyone involved seemed uncomfortable with either the dialogue or the scene itself. Again, this might be the direction, or it might just be bad acting. However, perhaps the worst part of the film was the incredibly ill placed song at the end. That was a tough scene to film and act, so I felt like Chris Rock bailed on the audience by breaking out in song.

Overall it was a good little effort from Chris Rock and he really showed me some flashes of brilliance with his writing. His acting still has a tendency to feel like his stand-up routines (lots of shouting) but heís definitely getting better. I enjoy the old Chris Rock, but if I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE is any indication, the mature Chris Rock also has a lot to offer.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Chris Rock: Iíve always enjoyed Chris Rock and this was a nice showcase for his conversationalist style of humor. He stuck mainly to the making of the film, but he gets side tracked and throws in his social comments occasionally. He tends to ramble on, but heís still funny and if youíre a fan of his, youíll enjoy this commentary track.

I Do Love Making This Movie (10:25): Chris Rock and other key players sit and talk about the film. He talks a lot about relationships and other inspirations for the screenplay. All of them make some good points about the film and I really enjoyed this little featurette. Chris Rock is a naturally funny guy and that naturalism from him is what we need more of in his films.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can whole-heartedly recommend this film to everyone thatís been married more than five years. I enjoyed the look into the married manís psyche, mainly because I feel the same way sometimes. If youíre not married, then you might not be able to relate and you probably wonít get much out of it.
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