I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
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In fact, as one who may pay attention to Rock's stand-up, at least ten to fifteen minutes of material in the film- from the line near the start "married and bored out of my f***ing mind", to the scene where the married couples have finner- can be found in the 2004 stand-up special Never Scared. This isn't a bad thing, though, and there's even a hilarious wink to moments that come unexpected, either from past Rock bits like the table-dance song in the club or the unfortunate, ecstatically tasteless scene in the ambulance van.
But more than anything it's Rock, as star and filmmaker, an attempt at making a vehicle that knows it's being a little silly at times, and still reaching truths that are worthwhile. The joist of the plot concerns Richard Coopper, Rock, as an investment banker in New York city, married with two kids and quite successful, tempted by the suddenness of Niki Tru (Kerry Washington, almost a 180 of the bland 'good girl' type of woman in Ray), who as Steve Buscemi's character describes to Richard: "she's f***ing you, you just don't know it." At the core of the film there is some momentum in the fact that Richard doesn't go on to cheat, even as one might think this is the 'safe' route.
There is more of a safe turn that happens, which is to be sort of expected, where Richard has a change of mind after letting go of the temptation, and this part loses its credibility in relation to the rest of the picture. But this isn't too much of a hindrance, so much of there being something small, though noticeable, that is even less credible. It reminds one of a similar problem in the Last Kiss, last year's similar romantic-morality tale of tranquility broken by another woman, because on the two sides neither is entirely satisfying. Niki is a cold, tramp kind of girl who actually gets exposition even though, despite Washington's portrayal, is annoying, yet Gina Torres's Brenda, Richard's wife, doesn't get much put into her as a noticeable character, except as a slightly blasé, male portrayal of her being a good mother, yet disengaged in the sexual sense.
Yet there is some good that comes out of Rock's connections to both women that wasn't like the Last Kiss- he's able to garner a successful tone of balance between the drama and comedy, and to the degree that both are neither trying for anything great stay believable up to a point. Buscemi's character is one who's added for a slight change in tone, as at first the straight-laced friend for Richard, but then with his own special idiosyncrasies, really involving Viagra and his own complex with marriage. Meanwhile, Rock goes through his motions of faces in his performance, and it's almost too perfunctory, like his direction. It's definitely amiable and sympathetic, however, so it's not really anything that makes it a bad excursion as a date movie. There's some great songs mixed in, and a fantastic seduction scene towards the end, plus a possible tip of the hat to The 40 Year Old Virgin's end scene.
If you need a good date movie right now, this would surely be one that doesn't offend, and doesn't really make you call everyone you know to see it, but it is smart enough for what it's worth, as opposed to any other lot of romantic comedies where the characters are positively sociopaths. Most you'll find here is a jealous hoodlum who puts a stomping to Richard at one point (which is actually very, very funny, even as a loose end). Not a bad remake, but not one to be put on the same pedestal either.
The story is about a man, who has been married for seven years, and has become a sex-deprived man because he has not make love for a long time. Things got messier when he met his old flame and he suddenly got attracted to her. She was supposed to be a temptress but I think she looked more like a prostitute looking for customers in broad daylight. But heck, he was still attracted to her, mainly because she offered to give him the thing that his wife wouldn't want to give him anymore. Catch my drift? So the story goes that he began to lose focus in his life, particularly with his family and his job in a bank. All because of the temptress and his stupidity to fall for her charm (and partly due to his other head too).
This story addresses the problem faced by many married couple and I think this movie did a good job in portraying the problem. Sometimes it is hard to understand why many married couple choose to end their marriage, and this movie certainly shed some idea on the problem. Without doubt, a good watch.
"I Think I Love My Wife" is an entertaining movie about a universal situation the change of the sexual life between couples after years of marriage. Kerry Washington is extremely sexy and is perfect in the role of the smart single girl that uses her friendship seeking for fun. It is very pleasant to see the scenes with this gorgeous actress. Chris Rock plays a silly suburban character that fights for not cheating his wife. However the situations are inconsistent since Richard does not have sex with his wife and has daydreams with women; and when he meets a woman like Nikki he does not have sex with her? Brenda, performed by Gina Torres, is an unpleasant character with her denial of having sex. The moralist conclusion, with Richard and Brenda singing, is simply awful. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Acho Que Amo Minha Mulher" ("I Think I Love My Wife")
Rock's second chance behind the camera finds him directing a script filled with some chuckles, but plagued with undeniably bitter misogyny. His direction does feel clumsy and misguided, especially in many of the higher budget crane shots and slow motion tracking shots. The rest of the movie is hovered by whether or not Rock will cheat on his wife, while progressively straying away from his comfortable life at home.
And all of this conflict, and soul searching stems from his wife's refusal to have sex. Why she won't have sex with him is all explained in a short montage of rejections for unexplained and ridiculous reasons, ("My head hurts.") Steve Buscemi manages to bring some flair to film, despite the lighter fair of material he has to work with. Ultimately Rock has shelled out a falsely inspired comedy that will surely please fans of the venerated comedian.
Richard Cooper is a married man with two beautiful children, awesome job with good pay, a big house, sounds like the perfect life, right? Well, wrong! Him and his wife do not have sex any more and his life has become a bit predictable, that is until he meets and old crush, Nikki and temptation is knocking down the door. Richard plays naive at first acting completely oblivious to her moves, yet when he realizes what she's after, he just keeps hanging out with her risking his job that she visits constantly and family. But Richard tries to remain tough while living a life that he's already over since he's been married.
Over all, I Think I Love My Wife isn't a bad film, it just wasn't what I expected. The acting was fine, it was just the story that seemed unbalanced and not to mention the racial lines that were just unnecessary. So if you're looking to watch this film, I would say to give it a look, I think me taking those lines seriously is a bit much, but I'm just sick of that "humor", I think we need to grow past it if we want a better future, you know? But judge for yourself, other than what I mentioned, it's just an average mid life crisis movie, nothing more.
I thought this film was a comedy, but it was not. It was a drama about a man in an less than satisfactory marriage. I think the negative comments about this film stems from the fact that people expected this to be a comedy, hence they got disappointed by what they see. Richard Cooper's confusion is well portrayed, and I am sure a lot of people can relate to the situation. If the film had a title that sounded less like a comedy, so that people knew what to expect, I am sure it would have enjoyed a better word of mouth.
Here's the setup: Rock plays a banker who has an effectively empty marriage ... his wife is focused on raising their two kids and is at the point of shunning any kind of physical intimacy. Out of the blue, a female friend from his past shows up and is pretty much everything his wife is not ... he can never say 'no' to meeting her, but where is it leading? Watching Chris kind of narrate his thoughts and feelings was fun to watch. All the other characters are kind of 1-dimensional, but they are so well acted, they are interesting to watch.
Whether or not you're a Chris Rock fan, this movie is pretty good based on its own merits: it's funny and insightful.
Rock turns in a subtle but effective performance while Kerry Washington and Gina Torres are great as his dual love interests. Steve Buscemi is perfectly cast as Rock's philandering co-worker and steps in frequently for literal comic relief.
'Wife's' a decent movie with a good message and unlike several films I've seen this year, I can actually watch this one again.
Don't miss this one its entertaining maybe put it on the middle of your list of movies to watch when u got nothing else to do. Who knows it might even help a marriage or couple that is experiencing issues or at least enlighten someone to the root of the problem. I know I know I used Chris Rock and Enlightening together and that is almost illegal but I sincerely believe it is pretty good.
I asked MY wife to wake me up when the movie got funny or interesting, and if it had not been for a singularly unfunny scene in an ambulance, I might have gotten a decent nap.
Everyone has a bad day every now and then; the ending certainly brought a quarter's worth of shine to a table's worth of gloom. But a quarter would be a fair price for a ticket to I Think I Love My Wife. Those who download this movie illegally will have only themselves to blame for wasting bandwidth.
As I've said, Rock is a comedian and not a dramatic actor. He doesn't bring a lot to this role. And this movie is not some romance comedy.
FINAL VERDICT: It's OK, but the story is nothing great and Rock is miscast. It's not worth renting.
If you can get past the competent but clichéd way the film is put together (clearly some one was following the numbers) you'll have to deal with a completely miscast cast who come off as abrasive rather than charming. Even the reliable Steve Buscemi grates on your nerves. The real problem and the thing that sinks this film is the script written by Rock and Lewis CK. I'm guessing it might have worked in better hands but here the gentle sex farce of the original is just smutty and vulgar.
An example of how not to put a movie together.
The best things come out of left field and that is what makes this film a great one to watch. While the audience is recognising the joke setups, the writers have craftily set up other poignant moments that hit you like a ton of bricks (i.e the tie). we make the same realisations as Richard Cooper does, because this isn't just a straight plot, but a character driven film, and we gasp in disbelief just as Richard Cooper does in the extreme situations he encounters.
The movie primarily deals with Richards and his desire of chasing a fantasy. Everything that happens with Nikki almost feels surreal, too good to be true and in in the end that is the same lesson Richard learns. She is to good to be true, it is just a fantasy.
Comparing that to Richard's home life, we can see how even a responsible man could be lured into disloyalty to his family. Richard is an emotional man, as his coworker George (Steve Buscemi) points out. As we see him walking the streets with his ipod listening to tunes, we can understand what goes through his mind. a bored man starved of sex, great music, a beautiful woman who's not his wife, well... who could blame the man for wanting the fantasy? During couples counseling, the doc notes that Richard may be delusional, although Richards undermines her abilities earlier in the film, the viewer can't help but be reminded that Richard is indeed a dreamer and that what he and Nikki have or might have is a fantasy. we've been distracted with such sexually charged scenes between Nikki and Richard that we start the find his home life boring too, but towards the end of the film, everything pays off, you just realise how stupid Richards was being, and that everything he could ever want was already in front of him, he was just fantasizing way too much to notice.
have i said too much? enjoy the film.
i could totally relate to this Richard Cooper persona and my wife was all into Brenda.
Needless to say we got into lots and lots of arguments because of this movie, which to me just proves that its a real gem. I've warned all of my married friends not to watch it together with their wives, at least not until they have their defenses or excuses up.
Enjoy this movie, if you haven't already, and if needed do as i did and have a heart to heart with the spouse afterwards to clear the air.
Maybe my expectations were too high. I think Chris Rock can be funny and I have enjoyed him in other pictures, so I thought that is what I would have look forward to in this movie. He was portrayed as a successful business man but unfortunately, still making the same stupid mistakes they all make ~~ never satisfied.
This is not a movie for the kids.
I want my money back.
Chris Rock is an abrasive guy; his voice especially. When he gets all worked up, his eyes wide, toothy smile yanked up into his cheeks, his voice sounds like a poodle's bark put through a cheese grater. Rock's comic timing has more to do with decibel levels than it does with pauses. So fancy my surprise when I learned that his next project would put him in the role of Richard Cooper: upper-middle class father, husband, and all-around suburbanite; the type of guy who's embarrassed to raise his voice in public. And with him also in the director's chair, adapting what's known to be a respectable French drama (Chloe in the Afternoon), I Think I Love My Wife could be a serious turning point in Chris Rock's career. The final product, however, doesn't manage to make that turn. In fact, it'd be more appropriate for Mr. Rock to re-title his film from I Think I Love My Wife to I Think I Overestimated Myself.
The film takes on the dilemma of fidelity in a bored, routine marriage. Mr. Rock manages to distill the dilemma down to a question of sex, asking "If I'm not getting sex at home, why can't I get sex elsewhere?" His wife, Brenda (Gina Torres), is a modern black mother, working as a teacher, a wife, and a mom in a Westchester neighborhood populated by white people. Rock has toned down the race-card bits here, trading in shock factor for some smart comments on the assimilation of black and white cultures.
His character, Richard Cooper, is wealthy and typically successful, constantly narrating with the sort of internal monologue Mr. Rock brought to his semi-autobiographical TV show, "Everybody Hates Chris." His thoughts wander mostly to the Manhattan women he passes by on the train to work, Rock's camera creeping always closer to the more tasty bits of the female physique. The whole of his imagination culminates into his old high school friend, Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington), dressed to kill and leaning seductively onto his office desk one afternoon. She visits unannounced, in town looking for a job recommendation from Richard. They meet for lunch and hit it off like back in the day. He's married and known to be safe and she's the party girl from high school that forgot to grow up. The meetings continue in secret, raising questions at home from Brenda and raising eyebrows from secretaries at Richard's office. The dilemma eventually mounts to the sexual caliber, where the real drama settles in.
For a product built from scratch by Chris Rock, ironically working as a pure film auteur here (a term used mostly for, ahm, good directors), I Think I Love My Wife is fairly innocuous. It probably could have even eeked out a PG-13 rating if Rock didn't have such a fascination with the F-word. And he does well by the narration, sometimes bringing an insightful honesty to the married man's dilemma and the middle-aged tragedy.
The problem lies sadly in his own performance. He isn't a good actor. His directing feels amateurish, with bizarre camera choices and a crappy comic timing that decapitates most of the jokes. The writing, paired this time with Louis C.K. ("Lucky Louie," the HBO series), deals clumsily with dialogue and stretches and scrunches up the story into an awkward timeline (for instance, it's unclear whether the last half hour is an act or an epilogue). And, the main problem, his wife character, Brenda, is so boring, so nagging and so motherly that we don't ever find the sympathy to root for her. I wanted Richard to leave her and, I'll admit, I rooted more for Nikki. We're supposed to feel sympathy for the neglected wife in this sort of film. We're supposed to come to despise the morally strained husband and love each of the women equally. That way it's a moral dilemma for both the husband and the audience. Match Point conducted this dilemma masterfully. Each member of Woody Allen's audience reacted differently to the dilemma, depending on morals of their own. Rock's picture is lopsided in this way, and it comes together like a tolerable song on the radio: just catchy enough to not turn off.