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A Guy Thing (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 17 January 2003 (USA)
A soon-to-be husband wakes up on the morning after his bachelor party in bed with another woman.

Director:

Chris Koch

Writers:

Greg Glienna (story), Greg Glienna (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Lee ... Paul
Julia Stiles ... Becky
Selma Blair ... Karen
James Brolin ... Ken
Shawn Hatosy ... Jim
Lochlyn Munro ... Ray
Diana Scarwid ... Sandra
David Koechner ... Buck
Julie Hagerty ... Dorothy
Thomas Lennon ... Pete
Jackie Burroughs ... Aunt Budge
Jay Brazeau ... Howard
Matthew Walker ... Minister Green
Fred Ewanuick ... Jeff
Lisa Calder Lisa Calder ... Tonya
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Storyline

When he wakes up the morning after his bachelor party in bed with a strange woman, a man presumes he must have cheated on his fiancée. Guilt leads him to try to cover it up in the week before the wedding, high jinks ensue. Written by Ryan McIntosh

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He Finally Found The Perfect Girl. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, crude humor, some sexual content and drug references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Julia Stiles, Selma Blair and Shawn Hatosy previously costarred in 'Down to You.' (2000) See more »

Goofs

At the rehearsal dinner, when the Granny asks for wine from the chef, he is holding the carafe of juice in his right hand and the wine in his left. However, when the Granny insists on wine he pours from the carafe in his right hand which now contains the wine. See more »

Quotes

Paul: [after finding out they didn't do it] Then how did I get crabs?
Becky: You've got crabs?
Paul: Yeah. You gave me crabs.
Becky: I DO NOT HAVE CRABS!
Paul: You don't?
Becky: No. But if I do I'm going to hunt you down and kill your crabby ass.
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Alternate Versions

There are three alternate endings on the DVD.
  • 1. Paul stays at the church after the wedding guests have left. Becky comes back looking for her purse and finds Paul lying on one of the benches. She asks him if he's going to be there all day and he says he isn't. Then she invites him to go for a walk. They stroll together down the streets.
  • 2. After the wedding scene, a montage follows of Paul asking people where Becky is. When he finally gets a lead, he finds Becky as a tour guide atop the Space Needle. This one was not used because preview audiences felt Paul took too long in trying to find her.
  • 3. Same as Space Needle ending, only Paul gets to Becky fairly soon and there is no search montage. After they decide to be together, they go to the elevator and run into Minister Ferris and his family but with less tension this time.
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Soundtracks

How It Should Be (Sha Sha)
Written by Ben Kweller, Joe Butcher
Performed by Ben Kweller
Courtesy of ATO Records/The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Silly and weakly plotted but reasonably funny and made more enjoyable by Lee's performance
10 June 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Paul Coleman is a week away from marrying Karen when he wakes up next to a dancer he met at his stag do. He quickly ushers her out of the flat and hopes never to see her again. Sadly it is a matter of hours before he is introduced to her again as Karen's cousin Becky. Paul tries to make it to his wedding day without Karen finding out – an aim that is made more difficult by Becky's crazy ex-boyfriend, overzealous police and the complex web of lies Paul spins to cover himself.

On paper this film sounds awful and indeed almost every second of it is teetering on the edge of being an awful romantic comedy that goes just where you expect it to. The plot is simply daft – one contrived set piece after another that is increasingly stretched as the film goes on. It ends in just the way you know it will (despite how much I hoped it wouldn't or failed to see how it could) and it will infuriate many in regards just how silly it is.

However it is funny enough to cover the cracks. Much of the humour is instantly recognisable and made up of well known routines (Paul climbing out of the bathroom window) or physical comedy (some pratfalls along the way). Happily there is plenty of slightly off the wall humour that, although not new, is quite good. An example would be the `fantasy sequences' but my favourite bit is Paul sweet memories of a male dance teacher. The whole thing is very silly and you should prepare yourself for that, but it does just about have enough silly laughs to keep it going.

For me the number one reason I enjoyed this film was the performance of Jason Lee. At no point does he suggest that this is a serious film, in fact many times a silly scene was saved by the `what the f is going on' look on his face – a hint to us that he is in the film and he can't believe what's happening, so the audience should go with him. For the rest of the time he lends himself really easily to the type of humour and is able to raise the material a bit. He is a good lead here and keeps bits of his `Brody' from Mallrats to good effect. Stiles is awful in my opinion. She doesn't really act and seems to be trying too hard to do `kooky' – it doesn't work. She has so little screentime that I found it very hard to accept that Paul would get anything from her. Blair has a thankless role and she doesn't quite carry it off – like Stiles I felt that she was trying too hard and almost came across as a caricature. Maybe they were both led by Lee's knowing performance and responded in a bad way. Larry Miller is quite funny (but predictable) as the minister next door and Brolin is a surprising find as the father in law.

Overall this is a very silly film, based on one daft scene after another that leads to a predictable ending that simply doesn't make sense even using the logic of this type of film. However it is funny and a great performance by Jason Lee makes it more enjoyable than it probably should be.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guy Thing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,988,749, 19 January 2003

Gross USA:

$15,545,431

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,432,163
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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