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You Stupid Man
Warner Bros. // R // February 7, 2006
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 26, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A badly titled (and not because I'm a guy, it's just a goofy title) comedy that's been sitting on the shelf since 2002, "You Stupid Man" fades from memory after the credits roll, but thanks to a decent cast, the picture is at least a fairly pleasant way to spend 95-minutes. The film's plot is simple: Owen (David Krumholtz, "Slums of Beverly Hills" and TV's "Numbers") has recently broken up with his girlfriend, Chloe (Denise Richards), who has run off with a sitcom actor.

Thanks to friends Jack (Dan Montgomery) and Diane (Jessica Cauffiel), he gets set-up on a date with Nadine (Milla Jovovich, taking a break from fighting demons in the "Resident Evil" pictures.) The two don't see eye-to-eye on proper dinner conversation, and things go South quickly, leading to a goodbye chat with subtitles that offer the nasty things both are really thinking.

The flick continues on a largely predictable path: while things started sour with Nadine, she soon sees a different side of him and the two start a friendship that may lead to more. However, the return of his ex-girlfriend leads to a choice between a sweet new love and the woman who cheated on him that he can't get over. Essentially, we all know who he's going to end up with in the end, although it takes him longer than it should (hence, the title.)

All that said, it boils down to whether I liked spending time with these characters or not. The actors, while not outstanding, certainly provided fine efforts. Jovovich is quite enjoyable in a down-to-earth role, and Krumholtz plays the "everyguy" role well, dialing down his usual nervous energy while keeping his usual superb timing and delivery. More impressive is his ability to keep the character sympathetic, despite his stupidity at not seeing what's clearly in front of him. Richards is bland as the cheating ex, although she's hardly given much of a role. The other supporting efforts are reasonably good, including Montgomery and Cauffiel.

"You Stupid Man" is sitcom stuff at its core, but it's more enjoyable than it would otherwise be thanks to good performances from Jovovich and Krumholtz.

The DVD

VIDEO: "You Stupid Man" is presented by Warner Brothers in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation quality is perfectly satisfactory, with sharpness and detail that are inconsistent, but usually fine. While most scenes look crisp, some interiors can look rather dim and soft.

The picture does also show some minor grain and slight shimmer, but no pixelation or edge enhancement were noticed. Colors remained natural (although a little on the subdued side) and appeared accurately presented.

SOUND: "You Stupid Man" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, but the film's sound is essentially stereo, as is expected from a romantic comedy like this. Audio quality was fine, with clear dialogue and no concerns.

EXTRAS: Nothing.

Final Thoughts: "You Stupid Man" is predictable, sitcom-style material at the core, but I definitely enjoyed some of the performances. Fans of any of the actors may want to try this as a rental. The DVD offers no supplements, but fine audio/video quality.

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