A Guy Thing has some funny moments and even though the lead is a bit of a douchebag, I still was able to enjoy the film and situations the characters are put in, no matter how inane it tends to be including coincidence upon coincidence. As far as the Blu-ray goes, the video is OK but it is a bit saturated at times and doesn’t look the best while the audio is serviceable though nothing special either.
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance
MGM | PG13 – 101 min. – $19.99 | July 5, 2011
Directed by: Chris Koch
Writer(s): Greg Glienna (story), Greg Glienna & Pete Schwara and Matt Tarses & Bill Wrubel (screenplay)
Cast: Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, James Brolin
Theatrical Release Date: January 17, 2003
Features: Commentary, 3 Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
THE MOVIE – 3.0/5
Plot Synopsis: Paul (JASON LEE) is engaged to Karen (SELMA BLAIR) when he meets the perfect girl, Beck (JULIA STILES)…at his bachelor party. And to make matters worse, he’s just discovered that the two are cousins! So in a situation like this, what’s the “guy thing” to do? Tell white lies and cover things up. But as the wedding date fast approaches, Paul finds himself falling for Becky and is faced with an impossible decision: do the right thing or lose the real thing forever!
A Guy Thing isn’t the best comedy I’ve seen in fact the entire plotline is more than outlandish with the situations the plot put the characters in. This means the story isn’t very fluid and the characters themselves are one-dimensional. That said, some of the jokes are funny and despite playing the dude who cheats on his fiancée, Jason Lee manages to be charming enough for us to follow him for the entire film and at least somewhat care what happens, although even then it marks every single checkbox in the romantic comedy list of clichés. Julia Stiles meanwhile is as beautiful and charming as ever. After appearing in such films as Down to You, O and Save the Last Dance, she broke out on a more widespread exposure with The Bourne Identity which came out a year before this film.
The rest of the cast fulfill their parts well enough. You’ve got the goofy best friend who so far out there to the point that he’s unbelievable and then there’s the thankless role of the ‘other woman’ played by Selma Blair. Despite her being a perfectly reasonable woman, we all know that it won’t end well for her as the guy always chooses the other girl who is not as safe and the type where the man throws away his career. Speaking of career, Lee’s character works for his fiancée’s father’s business (played by JAMES BROLIN), but I’m sure nothing will go wrong there…
Overall, A Guy Thing isn’t a great comedy since the plot is nonsensical and outlandish even by romantic comedy standards but at the same time, some of the jokes do land and the pairing of Lee and Stiles are both charming enough to make this a worthwhile rental (if you haven’t already seen it in the past 8 years).
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
All the features from the DVD have been ported over:
Feature Commentary – Director Chris Koch & Actors Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair and Thomas Lennon provide a lively – or drunk-sounding in the case of Blair – commentary which cover aspects of on-set antics and some elements of the story.
Inside A Guy Thing (18:38; SD) – This is a standard making-of featurette where we are introduced to the actors and the characters they play before laying out what the movie is about. This was made just to advertise the movie not insight into the movie, even one like this.
Bachelor Party Confidential (9:14; SD) is another EPK feature but a little funnier where the cast (inc. Lee, Blair, Brolin) and crew talk about their own bachelor party experiences.
Groovy Gravy: Making the Scene in A Guy Thing (5:25; SD) is a dumb featurette covering the dinner scene where the cook put pot in the gravy and how it was originally intended.
Deleted Scenes (17:02; SD) – Seven scenes are available peruse but each include an intro by the director to explain why they were excised.
Alternate Endings (8:14; SD) – There’s not one, not two but three alternate endings (although two of them are similar). None of them are great but interesting to check out at least. Each carries a short intro from the director.
Gag Reel (11:49; SD) – Line flubs and laughter breakdowns aplenty and of course it was necessary to include an intro. I love gag reels and this one, while not the best, has some good moments.
Theatrical Trailer (2:21; HD)
VIDEO – 3.0/5
A Guy Thing sleeps its way onto Blu-ray with a 1080p HD transfer and I guess for an 8 year old romantic comedy, and a box office dud at that, it doesn’t look bad but it should come to no surprise that little work was done for the transfer. I noticed the occasional dirty marks and the picture itself looks a bit blotchy at times yet still the detail level isn’t bad and a moderate upgrade over the DVD version.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is acceptable enough though nothing special since this is a dialogue driven movie with a song or score thrown in. The center channel gets the most use and the chatter coming through is clear enough while the other channels are used for ambient noises.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, A Guy Thing has some funny moments and even though the lead is a bit of a douchebag, I still was able to enjoy the film and situations the characters are put in, no matter how inane it tends to be including coincidence upon coincidence. As far as the Blu-ray goes, the video is OK but it is a bit saturated at times and doesn’t look the best while the audio is serviceable though nothing special either.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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