Someone Like You on DVD
Ashley Kinnear Hugh
A pretty good romantic comedy, Someone Like You stars Ashley Judd as Jane Goodale,
who works behind the scenes in TV, and behind the scenes is where her love life
appears to be as well.
She's looking for Mr. Right but keeps finding Mr. Wrong, and this is causing
her to develop some theories about men and women and the interaction between
Then she meets Ray Brown (Greg Kinnear), a nice guy who's in a relationship
but with whom she starts her own relationship, one that looks as if it's going
to really take off. They decide to move in together and Jane's world is a happy
Until Ray dumps her and goes back to his previous flame (we find out later
in the film who this old flame is, and she's someone too close to Jane for comfort).
Jane, devastated, resumes her theorizing about the male beast and why it can't
Meanwhile, needing a place to stay, she moves into the apartment of another
co-worker, the office male chauvinist pig Eddie Alden (Hugh Jackman). They're
like gasoline and water, but she needs a place to stay.
Jane's pet theories about the male/female relationship come to the attention
of her best friend (Marisa Tomei), who works for a major magazine and decides
to publish them for Jane, under and assumed persona. They cause a sensation,
and Jane suddenly finds herself with this secret life a la Tootsie - with an
equally "Tootsie-like" denouement at the end.
It's all pretty predictable, but Judd and the rest of the cast do good jobs
in their roles and you end up caring enough about them to let the movie drag
you along with it. The best thing, besides Judd, is the hate-love relationship
between Goodale and Eddie. In the end, Someone Like You comes off as a lightweight
but enjoyable romantic drama/comedy (there just aren't that many laughs to call
it a real comedy): a "chick flick" that won't make men gag.
And how often can you say that?
The DVD is in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compabitible, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio and the picture and sound are up to the DVD standards, though there's
a bit of softness to the picture that may have been intentional on the part
of director Tony Goldwyn. There's a surprising amount of extras, too, for a
"non special edition" disc of a pretty small movie in the grand scheme of things.
There's a director's commentary, a featurette on the production, an alternate
ending (which is actually superior, except for the horrible video quality on
it). You also get 7 alternate scenes, 5 TV spots and the trailer.
Someone Like You, from 20th Century Fox Home Video
97 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Digital
Starring Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Hugh Jackman, Marisa Tomei, Ellen
Produced by Lynda Obst
Written by Elizabeth Chandler, Directed by Tony Goldwyn.
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