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Two Girls and a Guy
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11.12.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
James Toback

Actors:
Robert Downey Jr.
Heather Graham
Natasha Gregson Wagner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Wannabe actor Blake Allen has been living the dream for months by dating two gorgeous women at the same time. All good things must come to an end though, as he quickly finds out when he returns home to find them both waiting for him in his apartment.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I never heard of TWO GIRLS AND A GUY until now, and after watching it I can honestly say it didnít quite go down the way I thought it would. Thereís definitely a relevant point of view here in regards to societyís lack of monogamy these days (no secret there), but this film more than stumbles along the way of trying to properly communicate this point of view (or any for that matter). The pace (like the ensuing vocal battle) is all over the place, creating virtual chaos, which made it impossible for me to get a solid vibe or feel for the atmosphere director/writer James Toback is trying so hard to create. This thing reeks of irony, sure, but you need a little more than that to make a worthwhile film.

The story becomes all too clear within the opening minutes as both our girls are standing outside the same apartment, unknowingly waiting for the same guy. After figuring it out they break into the Blakeís place and wait to confront him. My problem with this is twofold; one, this ďpreemptive strikeĒ scene went on for like a half hour of them pissing and moaning. And two, this ďconfrontationĒ lasts the rest of the film with an offbeat tempo that left me scratching my head most of the time. And as far as this NC-17 version is concerned, Iím assuming itís because of the bathroom scene because there was no nudity and it certainly wasnít because of the threesome me and Blake BOTH were hoping would happen.

Blake (Robert Downy Jr.) is your average guy dreaming of the bigger/better deal, and when he got a shot at it, he rolled the dice. It was sneaky, greedy, self centered and shallow, but thereís a definite reality sewn into his apparent psychosis. Lots of people do this, and like Blake, most of them get caught sooner or later. Iím down with that, but why grill the guy for an hour and act so horrified when both of you are doing the same thing behind his back? His mother obsession was a touch (Norman Bates) creepy, and I totally have no love for where THAT angle went. Seriously? WTF!?

TWO GIRLS AND A GUY was an exceedingly awkward film; revolving around a drawn out verbal assault that cascaded on and on, twisting and turning until it became something totally different (yet, frighteningly clairvoyant). The writing was smart, giving me the impression our director/writer may have played this game before, and on a relationship level this thing is about as real as life gets these days, but on a film level it falls short and feels like a really bad loverís quarrel thatís been blown way out of proportion (most of us donít need to pay for that). And this baby is far too generic to care about on Blu-ray as ninety percent of it takes place is Blakeís (very cool) loft.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by James Toback, Robert Downey Jr. and Natasha Gregson Wagner: Itís funny hearing Toback say he got the idea for this film (and for Robert to star in it) after seeing Robert on TV during his time of troubles, way back when. He then wrote it in a week. Interesting.

A Conversation with James Toback: Hereís a touch of irony if Iíve ever heard one. Toback says that it had been a long while since he directed (prior to this film) and felt that if he didnít get back into it soon heíd feel out of sync. Funny, thatís one way you could describe this film.

Theatrical Trailer: Now THIS really has me at a loss for words, as I canít believe this mess actually hit theaters. Itís no wonder I donít remember it.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film is a perfect example of how cynical the world has become in regards to love and dating, and if it had been handled with a little more care, it could have stood out as a genre hidden gem. I guess it just wasnít in the cards as instead this baby comes off as a pretty big dud.

Extra Tidbit: How does this film NOT feature a threesome with a title like that and a clear and utter nod toward the subject. Way to tease me with the NC-17 rating.
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