Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, James Brolin, Julie Hagerty
Here is yet another movie about a stuffy guy headed down a predictable life path only to be shaken out of his complaisance upon meeting a wacky, endearing woman. For earlier, better versions, see Bringing Up Baby (1938), ITALIC “Something Wild”] (1986) and even the Sandra Bullock–Ben Affleck flick ITALIC “Forces of Nature”] (1999).
In ITALIC “A Guy Thing”], staid groom-to-be Paul (Lee) wakes up the morning after his bachelor party and finds himself nearly naked in bed beside a hula dancer (Stiles). He remembers meeting her at his bash the night before, but not much after that. She reassures him that nothing happened and they part, but soon meet again because—get ready for a knee slapper—she’s the cousin of Paul’s nagging fiancée (Blair). Complications ensue, including falling from a tree, getting arrested and toilet humor.
There’s little wit or style on display in this forgettable trifle. Lee, a quirky, low-key actor, is more suited to supporting roles than leading man ones. And Stiles seems to know she’s stuck in a stinker and simply does her best not to hold her nose. (PG-13)
BOTTOM LINE: Entirely skippable