A Guy Thing

directed by Chris Koch
Category: "Comedy"
Year of Release:2003
Date Added:04/11/2008
Date Watched:04/07/2005
My Rating:8

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Review - A Guy Thing

A week before his wedding, Paul’s friends throw him a bachelor party. He buys a drink for Becky, a really lousy tiki dancer and the next thing he knows he’s waking up in the morning with her in his bed. His fiancé, Karen, is on the way over, so Paul unceremoniously throws Becky out of his apartment. Things get more complicated the next day at a family dinner when he finds out Becky is Karen’s cousin. He scrambles around trying to keep Karen from finding out, building a larger pile of lies with each passing moment.

Then Pete shows up. He’s Becky’s ex-boyfriend, a psycho cop. Somehow he got photos of Paul and Becky in bed together. He beats Paul up and throws him in a dumpster, then he plants cocaine in his car. Paul spends the night in jail until internal affairs shows up. They believe him about Pete and ask Paul to wear a wire to trap Pete.

Becky finds out about the pictures, and she and Paul break into Pete’s apartment for the negatives. They’re trapped in the shower by Pete’s dog, but eventually manage to escape. Then Pete shows up again and is about to pound Paul into pulp when internal affairs shows up and arrests him.

On the day of the wedding, Paul realizes he loves Becky. When the minister asks if anyone knows why Paul and Karen shouldn’t get married, Paul raises his hand. He tells everyone that Karen’s a great girl, but she’s not for him. But not to worry, Paul’s brother, Ray is the best man (who has loved Karen all along). He steps in and asks Karen to marry him right in front of everybody and she says yes. Becky takes off in a cab and Paul chases her and kisses her.

That‘s the basic plot, but there were a bunch of running gags throughout the movie that were very funny.
• Paul keeps showing up late to everything.
• Paul caught a case of crabs from somewhere and goes to the drugstore for medicine. His mother-in-law-to-be shows up just as the pharmacist mentions crabs. Paul tells her the pharmacist is a chef and she hires him to cater the rehearsal dinner.
• Becky can’t keep a job. Over the week in which the action takes place, she is a tiki dancer, a clerk in a record store, a bartender and a toll booth attendant.
• After Paul gets beaten up by Pete the first time, he gives the cops a bogus description of his assailant. Maybe black, maybe white, long red dreadlocks, a huge scar over his left eye, a gold tooth, a barb wire tattoo on his neck. The police find a guy who looks exactly like that for the lineup, and Paul has to tell them it’s not the guy. Then the same guy shows up as the cab driver at the end of the movie.

Silly and forgettable, but laugh-out-loud funny. I’ll definitely be watching this one again sometime.
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