Ryan is a womanizing stockbroker whose unethical business practices cost him his job and his trader's license. Unable to find another job, he is forced to move in with his equally self-involved (and completely oblivious) girlfriend, Cindy, an insensitive advice columnist on the cusp of losing her own job due to her poor advice and slow work habits. Finding that the truth behind his moving in has nothing to do with romance, Cindy runs off with another man. Ryan decides to stay in the apartment and earn a living by doing Cindy's job. Ryan establishes himself with Cindy's editor, Page, as Cindy's go-fer, collecting Cindy's paychecks and mail and delivering "her" columns. Initially as hopelessly inept as Cindy in giving advice, he nearly gets the column canceled. However, he rapidly grows into the job and the combination of forced introspection, research and the growing knowledge that he is touching other people's lives transforms him. The column becomes an amazing success. Ryan finds his...Written by
Good comedy is rare. One of its requirements is that it still be as crisp and enjoyable after three viewings. This one works. While the flick taxes reality, the characters would be very much at home in today's world. The generational interaction created by the superb Estelle Harris and her spicy lines give this movie zip. Without her and despite the well qualified Harmon and Sheen, the movie would have fallen flat. Supporting cast is crucial in good comedy. There is a most plentiful supply here. Charlie Sheen's metamorphizing role from a selfish uncaring cad to a human is smooth. The sensuous Angie Harmon has emphasis and timing that are at once breathtaking. I hope she continues in comedy. The music score is contemporary but distinctive. I hope it comes out in DVD.
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