01 May 2009

DVD: "I Could Never Be Your Woman"

I Could Never Be Your Woman
Written and Directed by Amy Heckerling
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Jon Lovitz, Fred Willard with Saoirse Ronan and Tracey Ullman
DVD Release Date: 12 February 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Sexual Content and Language)
List Price: $14.95

The Film
Rosie (Pfeiffer) is a 40 year old divorcee working as a script writer/producer of a tween-targeted TV series.  While she's busy dealing with her attraction to 29 year old actor Adam (Rudd), her ex-husband (Lovitz) who insists that he's the rightful owner of things in her home and the pressures of overseeing a floundering TV show, her precocious daughter (Ronan, in her first performance) has just fallen in love for the first time.

There are three deleted scenes, the original trailer and a commentary track by writer/director Heckerling and producer Cerise Hallam Larkin.  The bulk of the commentary track consists of commenting on how, to qualify for British tax funding, most of the film was made in the U.K. with a mostly British cast, and how plot-wise most of the characters were just a bit behind the times in 2005.

The Recommendation
In case you needed further proof of how charming Michelle Pfeiffer or Paul Rudd can be on screen, I Could Never Be Your Woman offers yet more evidence that they are, indeed, charming.  They're even charming together.  The humor is not outrageous as, say, the Judd Apatow comedies, but it was still greatly entertaining during its 97 minutes.  Particularly impressive is Saorsie Ronan as Rosie's daughter, Izzie.  Not only was this her first film work, but she's not even American!  During the commentary track, it is mentioned that Ronan has a savante's ear for accents and can distinguish between (and perform in) very subtle regional ways of speaking.  I found this movie in the $5 bin at Walmart, and for fans of the leads or who want a breeze rom-com to while away an hour and a half, I Could Never Be Your Woman delivers.

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