Published Apr 01, 2001It goes like this: woman falls in love, woman gets heart broken, woman has to move in with male slut, woman decides all men are animals, woman starts to study animal behaviour, woman falls madly in love with male slut.
Ashley Judd ("Double Jeopardy") plays Jane Goodale (like the scientist who studied chimps, but they spelled it differently. Hmm... not funny.) When she falls in love with Ray Brown (Greg Kinnear, "As Good As It Gets"), she thinks she's found the man of her dreams. When he breaks up with her, Jane is forced to move in with co-worker Eddie Alman (Hugh Jackman, "X-Men"). Eventually she teams up with her best friend (Marisa Tomei, "My Cousin Vinny"), editor of a popular women's magazine, and writes a column about love and sex under a pen name.
Okay, so the whole thing is pure cheese. Director Tony Goldwyn tries various techniques to make the film seem cool and quirky. The titles that illustrate the many stages of courtship are just annoying - they cut the movie into chunks and distracts from the plot. Since the movie was based on the book "Animal Husbandry," the story uses man vs. cow comparisons that just aren't as cute as intended. Sadly, this movie could have been saved if they took out all of the stupid animal jokes. (The film's original title was, in fact, "Animal Husbandry.")
The only reason to see this movie is for Marisa Tomei. Her character is over-the-top and funny as hell. The other actors checked in with mediocre performances. Near the end of the movie Hugh Jackman's hair was all windswept and I couldn't stop thinking that at any moment his claws would pop out and he would start slashing people Wolverine-style. (I think my brain decided to make up a more interesting ending.)
Overall, "Someone Like You" lacks originality and didn't move me at all. I must admit I did want to cry at the end - and probably would have if I had actually paid to see this movie.