I love romantic comedy’s. I streamed Some Like You from Amazon. Someone Like you was directed by Tony Goldwyn and released on January 1, 2001. It costs $23 million to make and grossed $38,389,940 worldwide. This movie stars Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Jack the Man, Marisa Tomei, and Ellen Barkin.
Someone Like You is a cute romance comedy that is filled with fluff, but so what? Every movie that I watch does not have to be on the level of Citizen Kane. For me this movie was fun to watch and I got quite a few laughs out of it.
Ashley Judd is such a good actress. I really think that she has it in her to become known as one of the few great actresses out there if she chooses her roles wisely. Ashley plays Jane Goodale who works fo a talk show as a booking agent. Ashley is just as cute as ever as Jane. Greg Kinnear plays Ray Brown, Jane’s boyfriend.
Someone Like You could have been a really great romantic comedy. The idea of the storyline is a good one, but it failed to execute well, IMHO. Jane and Ray met at work and they are immediately attracted to each others good looks. That is all well and good, but I didn’t see either of them getting beyond that physical attraction. Jane and Ray start sleeping together right away. Six weeks later Rays tells Jane he loves her and Jane says the same to him. What is this love based on I wondered? Ray also had not broken up with his other girlfriend. I never saw a solid relationship between these two people. It seemed to be purely physical attraction and nothing beyond that.
Jack the Man is one huge hunk of handsome male flesh in this movie. Jack the hunk plays Eddie Alden. I immediately saw chemistry brewing between Eddie and Jane. It is not hard to figure out what the ending of this movie will be, but it is still nice to watch it all unfold anyway.
Eddie Alden is the producer of the talk show. Jane does not take him seriously though because he is a womanizer big time. Eddie lives by himself in a huge two bedroom loft apartment and is looking for someone to rent the second bedroom. Eddie asks Jane if she would like to rent it. This is when I first got an inkling that Eddie really liked Jane, but the film does not adequately develop this notion at all. From the beginning to the end of the movie there really is no progression. Eddie doesn’t stop inviting women to his loft just for sex.
Eddie also had a girlfriend at one time that he was in love with, but you never know what happened. All you see is one scene where Eddie runs into his old girlfriend and he is emotionally affected. You realize then that Eddie sleeps around to cover up emotional damage.
Things don’t work out between Ray and Jane and she loses her apartment. Now she has to take Eddie up on his offer to rent the second bedroom. At this point is when I expected things to really develop between Jane and Eddie, but the film fails in doing that.
Jane comes up with the totally ridiculous theory that men cannot be faithful based on what she calls the cow syndrome. Jane writes about her “study” as a hobby, but Jane’s best friend Liz convinces her to write about it as a columnist for the men’s magazine she works for. Jane agree to do it using the pen name Dr. Marie Charles. The column is a big hit worldwide and everyone wants to meet this Dr. Charles person. Liz is played by Marisa Tomei.
Jane admits on TV that she is the mysterious Dr. Marie Charkes. Eddie is hurt that she never told him and walks off the set. Jane goes looking him him and spots him getting into a cab.
As I said before, there was no solid development to how Jane and Eddie got the this end point of the movie. Eddie does comfort Jane one night while she breaks down about being hurt by Ray. Eddie sits with her and comforts her. He even sleeps in her bed holding her while she cries. When they awake Eddie is thrilled that he slept with her and things did not end in meaningless sex. That is so sweet, but then the film drops the ball again.
Regardless of the weak script, I still enjoyed Someone Like You. It is a cute movie and worth watching just to ogle Hugh Jackman. I really loved him in this movie, except fo the kiss at the end. I was disappointed in it. I thought it was lame. Jackman should have laid one on Ashley that would steam up your screen. If I was directly this movie Jack the Man would have had to do it over until he got it right.
All of the actors did a great job. I did not talk about Ellen Barkin but she was great as talk show host Diane Roberts.