Once titled Animal Husbandry, 20th Century Fox decided to go with the less risky title Someone Like You, hoping to attract a slightly larger audience to a movie they knew would flop, because it is one of the most boring, simple, and ordinary films ever made.
The beautiful Ashley Judd, a very talented actress, once again sticks to unexciting stuff (following Where the Heart Is and Double Jeopardy) in this romance comedy that is about as drab as a gray pile of tasteless mush. She is a woman who is suddenly dumped by her boyfriend, played by Greg Kinnear, moves into an apartment with her womanizing friend played by X-Men's Hugh Jackman, and starts writing articles comparing men to cows. Yes, men to cows. That says it all, doesn't it?
Judd sways from emotionally unstable to downright bitchy, and we're supposed to like her for it. Personally, I didn't really care... I just wanted the movie to get over with. I actually didn't need to watch the entire thing because I knew exactly how it would end; these movies always end the same. And if you think I'm stereotyping chick flicks, think again. I have seen many chick flicks, with similar formulas, that are done well, blending an entertaining script with fun characters and a fun story, but Someone Like You is not one of them. This movie is like the template for all chick flicks, only without all the deeper stuff tacked on to fill in the holes.
The acting is decent enough, but without a script, the stars really can't do much. Why am I even talking about this? All I have to say is that she compares men to cows (bulls don't like the same cow twice, so they ditch Old Cow and move to New Cow). Yes, men to cows. Men to cows...
It just rings so nicely in your ear, doesn't it? Just like fingers on a chalkboard. Men to cows...
What a crappy movie Someone Like You is. All I can say is that there is hope, because Greg Kinnear is venerable, Hugh Jackman has Swordfish to revel in, and Ashley Judd... Well, she better get into a good movie really damn quickly, because the way she's going, there is no turning back.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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