A commitment-averse man frantically hits the dating scene after his girlfriend starts pressuring him to pop the question.


Walt Becker





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry O'Connell ... David Collins
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Sarah (as Bridgette L. Wilson)
Ryan Reynolds ... Mike Hanson
Bill Bellamy ... Jonesy
Alyssa Milano ... Amy
Jon Tenney ... Andrew Hahn
Annabeth Gish ... Nicole
Ron Livingston ... Tyler Bellows
Erinn Bartlett ... Julie Madison
Scarlett Chorvat ... Katie Madison
Jolie Jenkins ... Amber
John O'Hurley ... Tim 'Timbo' Chadway
Alicia Rickter Alicia Rickter ... Laura
Brian Beacock ... Alex
Heather Morgan ... Waitress


David Collins is a commmitment-shy Los Angeles yuppie whose girlfriend of many years, advertising executive Sarah, gives him an ultimatum: commit or get out. David has two months to decide if he wants to stay with Sarah as she leaves town for a job in New York. Following the advice from his more outgoing friends, David hits the dating scene as he tries to find his one and only soul mate, a mysterious woman he sees again and again, but always gets away before he can talk to her. Written by Matthew Patay

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Why buy the cow, when you can get the milk for free?


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The film was originally meant for release at the last quarter of 2000, but was pushed forward when Destination Films no longer had the funds to cover the release. It eventually went straight to video. See more »


When David falls on the taxi cab, he clearly breaks the glass; however, when the taxi is driving away, the glass is fully intact. See more »


[the waitress is missing her right forearm]
David Collins: [nervous] How's the chili here?
Mexican Restaurant Waitress: [Surly and blasé] I'd give my right arm for a bowl.
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References South Park (1997) See more »

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8 June 2002 | by ungerzSee all my reviews

For some strange reason I was flipping through channels and came across this move on Starz. I have to say that I enjoyed it and that there were any major lame scenes and allot of really enjoyable parts. The acting was alright and all of the cast did a fine job. If you are in a mood for hour and a half of an enjoyable romantic comedy this is the movie for ya!

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Release Date:

8 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buying the Cow See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Destination Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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