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What Love Is (2007)

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When Tom comes home on Valentine's Day to a "Dear John" Letter from his girlfriend, he spends the rest of the night talking to his four best friends about woman, sex & love until five women show up and the battle of the sexes begins.

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Mars Callahan

Writer:

Mars Callahan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Tom
Matthew Lillard ... Sal
Sean Astin ... George
Mars Callahan ... Ken
Andrew Daly ... Wayne
Gina Gershon ... Rachel
Anne Heche ... Laura
Tamala Jones ... Katherine
Shiri Appleby ... Debbie
Jud Tylor ... Amy
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Kwame
Gillian Shure ... Karen
Victoria Pratt ... Sara
Steve Makhania Steve Makhania ... Bogie the Clerk
Roxanne Arvizu Roxanne Arvizu ... Dancer
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Storyline

Tom plans to surprise Sara with an engagement ring, and he's asked his four best friends to witness the popping of the question at his place on Valentine's night. Trouble is Sara's left him a "Dear John" letter and will be by soon for her suitcases; plus, thinking it's a party, Tom's friend Sal has invited five women who were at his bar to come too. First the men talk - about women, sex, love, and homophobia (Tom's pals include a happily married guy, a gay man newly engaged, a metrosexual, and Sal, an inveterate player). Then the women arrive and argue in the loo about men and sex before joining the boys for talk, alcohol, and hookups. But what of Sara, and what of love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language including graphic sexual dialogue, and some erotic dancing | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,583, 25 March 2007

Gross USA:

$18,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,901
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was written and directed by Mars Callahan, who also plays the role of Tom's married friend & upstairs neighbor, Ken. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, during the scene where Sal is sitting on the couch and drinking a scotch, you can see the level of liquid on the glass go up and down on several occasions, as the camera changes angles. See more »

Quotes

George: [after seeing Wayne hugging Sal] Oh, my God, Sal's gay!
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Nickels & Dimes
Written by Mitch Kasdmar
Performed by Mitch Kasdmar
Courtesy of Delta Groove
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Truly Bad in an Interesting Way
1 April 2007 | by ChicagoGirl16See all my reviews

This movie fails, but it fails in an interesting way.

First of all, it's not a film. It's an unsuccessful attempt to permanently record a stage play, masquerading as a film. The director seems to have no clue to the techniques, nuances and flexibility possible with film.

Instead, 90% of the "action" takes place on two very contrived stage sets. The characters are merely stereotypes. The "action" consists of each character delivering a long soliloquy on their philosophy regarding sex. However, the writer is so self-absorbed that every point of view is that of a young male "player." Ultimately, this is a few hours of audible naval-gazing. Instead of presenting different points of view, this feels like an inner dialogue from one really immature, boring guy.

The female characters are especially shallow and unbelievable when they talk about sex, which is all anyone does in the movie. They are clearly women speaking words written by a clueless man who is developmentally about 25 years old.

The director also doesn't trust his actors to convey complex emotions on film. That's unfortunate, because there are some fine actors in the film, who are capable of much more. Instead, the performance are so "big," the gestures so exaggerated, that they seem a parody of stage acting. Only Sean Astin's nice-guy character manages to escape this curse, appearing understated by comparison.

Whenever the script calls for strong emotion on screen, the director goes into a series of cartoonishly distorted quick cuts. Again, this indicates a lack of trust in the actors, or respect for their abilities.

If any of these tactics worked, they would be interesting artistic choices. Unfortunately, they don't, and there's nothing interesting about this movie.


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