Someone Like You
Jane Goodale (Ashley Judd) works as a producer on a popular daytime talk show for a self-absorbed host (Ellen Barkin). She’s hesitant to fall for (but of course does) the show’s dashing executive producer, Ray Brown (Greg Kinnear) and the two decide to move in together. With boxes packed and phone calls not returned, she soon discovers Ray wants to break up so Jane moves in with another co-worker Eddie (Hugh Jackman). Jane begins an extensive study of how men treat women like a bull treats cows and how closely the species are alike in their behavior. When her fellow single friend Liz (Marisa Tomei) who happens to be an editor for a men’s magazine, asks Jane to print her theory as a pseudonymous sex columnist, her article becomes a sensation and her boss decides she wants the author of the article on her show.
THE GOOD:…I enjoy watching Ashley Judd in anything’s she does because she’s that good. She’s everyone’s girlfriend and I root for her in every role, no matter what part she plays. I likewise enjoy Kinnear because he can play “jerk” like no other actor can, Tomei is always hilarious and very good as the sidekick, smart mouthed best-friend role, and Jackman, well he’s just plain cool and enjoyable to look at, definitely leading man material. Together, this talented ensemble tried to deliver an extremely complicated love story as best as they could and indeed, there are some really good moments that deal with rejection, matters of the heart, womanizing men, jilted lovers and finding the love of your life. The New York locations make the movie believable and the talk show theme allows the bizarre behavior to thrive. THE NOT-SO-GOOD:…This is an example of a strong cast, capable of tackling a serious message mixed in with romantic comedy, but they all get bogged down in a script that’s just too convoluted to enjoy. There’s a good love-story mixed in with several profound messages about relationships that would have been served better had they been allowed to develop a little more on their own. Unfortunately the audience has a lot of dialogue, emotions, funny moments, male-female issues and plot, thrown at them in storybook style and it ends up being a lot to process. I took my girlfriend and we walked out with mixed emotions. We liked the single woman and dating issues it raised, there were some cute and very funny scenes, and it had a happy ending…but there’s something about the cow plot that bothered me. Maybe it’s the fact that ironically the news media is showcasing piles of diseased dead cows (who could have predicted cows would have made headlines when this script was written?) or that her theory is simply a lot of bull, whatever it is, it just didn’t moo-ve me.