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He Said/She Said ~~Mindless claptrap sells sex

  • Aug 29, 2000
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I've often accused by a certain person on this site that I spend just a tad too much time viewing the dark and seamy side of life in moviedom. Far be it from me to wallow in the filth that Hollywood puts out, so I decided to walk in the lighter side for a while - what do I find there but a bit of fluff called He Said, She Said, where I believe the most violent thing is a thrown coffee cup - well thrown I might add.

First you have the interaction between two reporters - Kevin Bacon (Dan) and Elizabeth Perkins (Lorie {and ain't she just too perky!}) - going after the same story. In a cute little twist the editor, Nathan Lane (I love this guy), decides to run the stories side by side, offering both views of the same thing. Now you gotta realize that Bacon is the obit writer and Perkins is the social writer, so their views will be quite different.

The success of this column leads to a television show called - ta da - He Said/She Said - where these two are pitted against each other spewing their views. Of course you know from the beginning love must bloom, although Bacon is already embroiled in an affair with Sharon Stone and we all know it doesn't pay to tick Sharon off.

The unique twist to this entire movie (there must be one!) is the fact the directors are married in real life (Marisa Silver and Ken Kwapis) and they influence a good deal of the sexual and mental interaction between Bacon and Perkins. Sometimes it works and sometimes it just falls plain flat, as is true with a lot of Hollywood fluff.

Although, for once, Bacon does not play a psychotic he still pushes the envelope shoving his cute, boy-next-door looks in your face and trying to come off as playful and loveable, while at the same time trying to avoid any type of permanent relationship. Perkins, on the other hand, seems more needy than she should have to, considering her looks and talent. Makes it just a little unbelievable and hard for you to feel sorry for the fact that she cannot score with this guy.

Of course, the show stopper and scene stealer is the delightful Sharon Stone - always edgy, always sexual, and always a winner. Hey, guess what? She plays a possessive girlfriend in this deal too!

Ok, so I wasn't swept away with the movie, but I wasn't offended by it either. Unlike Q & A, I wasn't ready to throw the tape against the wall half way through the showing but I also didn't put it on pause for a bathroom break. Just a little fun and a little campy and entirely predictable. And does anyone know who Petite Perkins is? She played Sheila in the movie and I always like these strange names.


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Anti-intellectual skirt-chasing journalist Dan Hanson (Kevin Bacon) and his sensitive, liberal, erudite colleague Lorie Bryer (Elizabeth Perkins) find themselves fighting for the same column at the Baltimore Sun. They become a hit when the editors decide to run their columns side-by-side allowing readers to enjoy their opposing viewpoints on the issues. When their column is adapted into a television program, "He Said, She Said," their success leads to their romance--but when they have an on-air argument, both Dan and Lorie get a chance to explain their side of the story. Ken Kwapis directs the "He Said" portion of the argument, while Marisa Silver handles the "She Said" perspective.
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Director: Ken Kwapis
Release Date: 1991
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: Paramount Home Entertainment (October 23, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 55min
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