Give Chris Rock props for trying something new. Sort of new. Almost. I Think I Love My Wife is a comedy and almost-drama about a man who meets a crossroads in his marriage when he suddenly finds himself so unsatisfied with his sex-depriving wife that he starts to consider an affair with an attractive friend. And by attractive friend, I mean the scorching hot Kerry Washington.
Rock has never had a very good track record with movies. Aside from Lethal Weapon 4 and Dogma, most of his films have been duds in more way than one, and I Think I Love My Wife, financially, was no different. Still, I respect that he decided to do away with his constant screeching for a couple hours, calm himself down and deliver a more subtle and intriguing comedy, even if it doesn't click quite the way he was hoping.
I Think I Love My Wife isn't particularly funny, but is consistently entertaining and easy to watch. Rock turns in a good performance as a conflicted man torn between his beautiful wife and child and even-more-beautiful friend who is trying to seduce him. The situations he gets himself into are pretty believable on an emotional level, which allows you to relate to the story at least a little bit.
The problems come from a smattering of absurd sequences that show up with more frequency and intensity as the film progresses. What starts out as a simple and enjoyable comedy-drama turns into an over-the-top goof fest by the end, presumably due to the fear that the movie would not entertain audiences well enough. In one scene, Rock and Washington escape an apartment just before a police shooting and then don't bother reporting what they saw. In another that is completely out of left field, Rock takes viagra only to have his erection last for more than four hours - and instead of pleasuring her husband, his wife calls the medics to his utmost embarrassment. And in the zaniest scene of all, the movie ends on a musical note with Rock and on-screen wife Gina Torres singing their sexual desire to one another. I mean, what the hell.
I Think I Love My Wife is a relatively entertaining film that is never boring, but it never quite hits the mark. The final act is especially off-the-wall, which indicates no one really knew how to end the movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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