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Someone Like You
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10.08.2004 By: Professor Steve
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Director:
Tony Goldwyn

Actors:
Ashley Judd
Hugh Jackman
Greg Kinnear

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Talk show talent scout Jane (Judd) falls for the newly appointed executive producer (Kinnear) but gets dumped and ends up sharing a studio apartment with her womanizing coworker Eddie (Jackman). The big question is whether or not these two will overcome their bickering and get together in the end.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie is basically an American version of BRIDGET JONES DIARY as the plots are almost identical. Girl falls for perfect guy, guy breaks up with her, then girl falls for the guy she least expects. Nothing new here, and it's not nearly as good as Bridget, but it's not that bad either. My major gripe with the film is the casting of Ashley Judd in this Meg Ryan-type part. Her narration is delivered more like a math teacher's attempt at witty humor. And when she gets drunk at the bar, her acting is almost funny it's so bad. Kinnear and Jackman are great, though. Jackman's character gets the biggest laughs in the film, and his attempt at an American accent is fairly entertaining. What's with his smoking? He's always lighting up and the cigarrette never burns down, weird. The supporting cast is adequate, highlighted by the the always underused (and sexy) Marisa Tomei as Jane's best friend and Ellen Barkin as the TV talk show host.

Tony Goldwyn's directing is straight out of the Romantic Comedy 101. He gets the honor of directing the last New York romantic comedy featuring the World Trade Center. Surprisingly, there's actually very little romance in the film. Most of the time we're watching Judd's character obsess over her "New Cow Theory" for men, or visiting a doctor to remove her sense of smell so she won't think of her ex every time she smells new clothes or vanilla. What's up with that? The chemistry of the actors is passable, but in real life the Eddies of the world would probably just use and lose a woman like Jane.
THE EXTRAS
This DVD is packed with seven extended scenes which make up the bulk of the extras. Kudos go to the DVD producers for making the scenes that already exist in the movie black & white and the deleted stuff in color so we can tell the difference. Most of the deleted scenes have to do with the Jane's cow theories and thoughts. I won't go into them, but let's just say that these scenes are best left out. There's an alternate ending that's not too much different from the actual one, and would have been just as good.

I thought the menu for the DVD was actually pretty annoying, when you click on each section some cheesy phrase comes up on the screen for way too long. For example, when you click on the scene selections you get the message: "Hey, baby, what's your scene". Geez. There is also a 5-minute featurette on the film which gives you a basic introduction to the story and characters. Not much at all. The DVD includes a trailer and 5 TV spots for the movie as well.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you have a wall-to-wall collection of romantic comedies on DVD, then this one is for you. It's predictable, trite, and too cute for its own good, but in the end, it's mildly enjoyable and might even give you a laugh or two.
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