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I Think I Love My Wife

3 Ratings: 1.3
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Director: Chris Rock
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 16, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about I Think I Love My Wife

A Full Length Movie of one of Rock’s Comedy Routine: Not So Good

  • Mar 30, 2008
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Rating:
-3
Pros: None really

Cons: Everything really

The Bottom Line: I Think I Love my Wife; the movie is an embarrassment and an insult to people across the color bar.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I like Chris Rock, but only in small portions served up on HBO on a Saturday night. The man hasn’t the talent and screen presence to carry a full length feature film and yet here he is starring in last year’s stinker I Think I Love my Wife, co-starring Gina Torres and Kerry Washington.

The Story-Line

Co-Written and Directed by Chris Rock I Think I love My Wife follows the travails of one Richard Cooper (Rock), a married suburban New York City black professional, as he has a mid-life crisis a decade too early. Cooper is married to a beautiful wife, Brenda (Gina Torres – M.A.N.T.I.S., Cleopatra 2525, 24), a school teacher and they have two beautiful little children. Trouble is the Cooper’s sex life is on life support; she never wants to except to make babies, Richard is “bored,” and the couple is disconnected for the most part.

Enter Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington – 100 Centre Street, The Human Stain, She Hate Me), a high school—or was it college—friend of Richard’s. She is escaping a bad relationship in Washington D.C. and has moved the NYC to get a fresh start on life and a chance to hook up with Richard. Richard works as the only (professional) Black American at a mid-sized wall street investment bank, and Nikki starts showing up and distracting the poor man. Pretty soon Richard puts life and family in jeopardy in pursuit of a more glamorous life where he at least he has a shot at fornicating anew. In other words Nikki is nothing but trouble.

My thoughts

Chris Rock should stick to what he does best, standup comedy and character acting. The underlying theme to I Think I love My Wife is contemporary, but in Rock’s less than adept screen-writing hands, the movie is less than entertaining or enlightening. The problem is that every character speaks in Rock’s comedic voice, so foul language abounds and characters say things their counterparts in real-life situations would never utter. I would hate to think women really talked like they do in Rock’s fantasies. This singular voice makes I Think I love My Wife one long, lewd, expletive laden mess with Rock at its dysfunctional center.

Even the sole white main character George (Steve Buscemi – 13 Moons, Love in The Time of Money, The Sopranos) Rock’s friend and partner at the firm, speaks in Rocks, voice, which is a little hard to believe.

The "N" word has once again found itself prominently on display in yet another Black American themed theatrical release as if the two were somehow forever connected by some disrespectful umbilical cord. It was used so frequently in this movie that it should have gotten its own credits billing.

In my Black American household the "N" word is never used, among adults, or children. And among my siblings the word is not uttered, nor is it used regularly at family gatherings, nor do I, or my black male friends use it to greet one another.

It's long past time to bury to the word once and for all; it is stale and disrespectful no matter whose lips it slips past, and harkens back to an era in American history we would all assume put behind us! Time to move on! And this is the first time I have ever hear the phrase nigg_r ears. Has Rock started something new?

It’s not as if I Think I love My Wife had nothing to say, there was some redemptive themes one could take away from the swill, namely that couples need to take time to be with one another in order to stay connected, emotionally and sexually. And in the end Richard does find his center, but I think a more reflective, more respectful and far more intelligent movie about the current state of marriage in America could have been written, directed and made by Mr. Rock in company. It is not always necessary to play the class clown in order to be heard.

Conclusion

Do yourself a favor and skip I Think I love My Wife; the intentions were good but the execution left a lot to be desired. There is one scene in the movie that pretty much sums up how my wife and I felt about this movie. Rock’s Richard is in an elevator at his place of employment filled with nothing but white people; he is the only black person. The door opens and on steps a black male bike messenger, in typical bike messenger garb, on he starts singing in a very loud voice, the lyrics to a very offensive hip-hop song filled with the usual expletives. Richard who had been near the front of the elevator slows shrinks in to the back of the car and crouches down, embarrassed to be seen.

That one scene pretty much sums up how I feel about I Think I love My Wife; the movie is an embarrassment and an insult to people across the color bar, but especially to Black Americans who are once again stereotyped and characterized as less than civil to one another and society at large. Care to try again Mr. Rock, only this time leave the racial stereotypes and clichés firmly locked in your narrow mind if you please.

Recommended:
No

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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