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Someone Like You

10 Ratings: 1.7
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Director: Tony Goldwyn
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Someone Like You

Death of the New Cow Theory

  • Dec 23, 2001
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Pros: Funny with some touching and thought provoking moments

Cons: Perhaps not romantic enough for the "Hopeless" romantic

The Bottom Line: An honest look at what goes on inside the heads of most women who have had their hearts trampled on, a new flavor of romance.

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

This odd little romantic comedy begins by introducing the main characters. Our heroine, Jane Goodall (Ashley Judd), books guests at an up and coming talk show. Eddie (Hugh Jackman), a cynical and ruthlessly honest co-worker, insists that his seemingly endless rounds of casual sex are more liberating than they are indifferent. Ray (Greg Kinear), the third point of this unusual triangle, is the newest co-worker and, except for the fact that he is currently involved in a long term relationship, seems to bear every quality capable of redeeming men in general in the eyes of Jane. The boss, Diane, is the star of the talk show and obsessed with “getting the ungettable guest.” Liz (Marissa Tomei) is Jane’s best friend and eventually her partner in the spreading of a new theory about why men leave women.

By introducing each of these players and the scenarios that lead up to her moment of revelation, Jane hopes to make it clear to us how and why she formed the New Cow theory. We see how Jane is quickly taken in by all of Ray’s pretty words and exuberant behavior. Swept out of better sense and into a whirlwind relationship, Jane finds herself looking at new apartments with David who has declared his love for her as well as a burning desire to end his old relationship so that they can start their new lives together without any delay or barriers. She is devastated when Ray’s feet suddenly become blocks of ice and he wants to them both to take a step back from the relationship, leaving her without a place to live!

Partially out of desperation and partly to drive emotional and mental bamboo sticks under Ray’s ego, Jane ends Eddie’s own rental dilemmas by taking up residence as his new roommate. It is around this time that Jane happens to read a very informative article on the mating behavior of cows. It seems that once a bull has ‘serviced’ a cow, the bull will refuse to have anything else to do with her. Despite any efforts by the researchers to make the Old cow more appealing, the fickle bull can’t be fooled and won’t settle for anything less than a New cow. “That’s it!” Jane thinks. The reason men leave women is because they really only feel satisfied with a New cow, its instinct. The manner in which Jane reasons and justifies this simplistic theory is absolutely hysterical! I never could have guessed that I would see Greg Kinear look longingly out of the screen and say with utter sincerity, “You’re so much more understanding than My Cow.”

When recently dumped Liz convinces Jane to publish her theory under the nom deplume of Dr. Marie Charles, things Really start to get interesting! Diane is obsessed with finding this suddenly popular, reclusive social philosopher and booking her for the show. Eddie, of course, thinks the whole thing would be terribly funny if only everyone didn’t seem to be taking the “quack” seriously. “These are People, Jane, not Cows!” he exclaims in frustrated outrage.

As this story has progressed, Eddie and Jane have gotten to know each other, yet it seems as if Eddie understands Jane far better and with less prejudice than the heartsick Jane is capable of at the moment. Eddie too has suffered from a broken heart, but unlike Jane he learned that the real problem with relationships that don’t work out is that most likely one person is reading more into the relationship than the other. Someone is deluding themselves with their own dreams of the future and that someone is usually the one who ends up trying to piece together the bits of their shattered heart. His approach in trying to get Jane to see things sensibly is far too blunt at times, “He did go back, Jane. He just went back to the wrong woman.” Yet, the truth often hurts and I, for one, can not fault his oddly chivalric attempts and determined honesty.

Despite all of Eddie’s practical advice and contradictions however, it is the loving relationship of Jane’s sister and brother-in-law as they go through extremely difficult times attempting to have a child that opens Jane’s eyes. Through them she must admit at last that “Not all men leave.” And this allows her to see all that has happened leading up to that moment with the benefit of glorious hindsight. While Jane may have seemed rather self-centered and has definitely wallowed about in the depths as the ‘Unloved’, she redeems herself dramatically before the astonished eyes of an entire nation.

This film was irrevocably amusing, highly entertaining, and did indeed have some genuinely romantic moments, yet it was not a typical romantic comedy by any means. I am sure that this look into a heartbroken woman's mind, actions, and motivations is Not everyone's cup of tea, and probably even less reassuring to gentlemen out there than the popular What Women Want. Yet to any woman out there who has ever been spurned and torn herself up trying to figure out why, there will be a connection to this film.

Not quite as realistic or as well written as Sliding Doors, not as silly or stereotyped as What Women Want, not as outrageous as Bridget Jones who made us all cringe whenever she opened her mouth, nor quite as romantic or distant as the film Til There was You managed to be, Someone Like You tells us that for all the analyzing, angst, theories and thought that women pour into the subject of Love and Relationships, we just as often cannot see the real person living under the skin of someone we think we know. Concluded with one the most appropriate set of last lines I have ever heard in a romantic comedy and the definitive word on whether or not you should risk your heart…

“What have we got to loose?”



Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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