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Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife"

Posted Sep 14 2008 4:47pm

Went to see I Think I Love My Wife last night with James. I don't think it's the best or funniest movie I've ever seen but I liked it. Except for one scene near the end that's very bizarre to me but I won't give it away. James and I looked at each other like "What in the hell is he doing?" It was just odd to me. But other than that, it was a cute comedy with some pretty deep moments that most married people can relate to. So common it's almost a stereotype but there's a reason for stereotypes. We all live it.

The basic plot is that Chris's character, Richard, and his wife have been married 7 or 8 years, have 2 kids, the perfect suburban life, good jobs, etc., and he's bored to death. The ex-girlfriend of one of his old roommates from college shows up and, of course, she's all sexy, single, and wanting in his pants. It's a fantasy. Complications ensue but it wraps up nicely with some deeper moment rather than a mere cutesy ending.

A couple of heavy hitters have small roles that really help flesh out the movie: Steve Buscemi is Richard's womanizing colleague and Edward Herrman is Richard's boss who gives him a "pep talk" at one point about where his place in the company actually lies, relatively speaking, and it's pretty good and played nicely by Herrman. Not to hard, just drops it out there, makes his point, and walks away.

I don't know that I recommend runningout poste haste to the theater but it will be a good cable movie to watch.

For the official Fox/Searchlight web site, click HERE. For trivia, the movie was co-written (adaptation from the French movie Chloe in the Afternoon), directed, as well as starring Chris Rock.

EDIT: I forgot there was one line in it that I really liked a lot. He says about his marriage: "You don't control who you love but you do control how you love." I thought that was profound.

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