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A Guy Thing (2003)

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24

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 75

Wasting the talent of its leads, this predictable romantic comedy relies on cheap laughs.

17

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 24

Wasting the talent of its leads, this predictable romantic comedy relies on cheap laughs.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 73,061

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Movie Info

A man trying to save his relationship with the woman he loves finds himself sinking into a quicksand of small lies and half-truths in this comedy. Paul (Jason Lee) is a regular guy who is engaged to marry Karen (Selma Blair); while Paul loves Karen, he's more than a bit nervous around her family, even though her father (James Brolin) has already given him a job in the family business. Shortly before the wedding, Paul's friends throw him a bachelor party, complete with a boatload of liquor and a

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Pete Schwaba, Greg Glienna, Matt Tarses, Bill Wrubel

May 27, 2003

$15.4M

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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (75) | DVD (18)

If you ever admired Julia Stiles, Selma Blair and Jason Lee -- and who didn't? -- don't watch them crush their careers in this laugh-free romantic comedy from the director of Snow Day.

January 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
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The three move through a faded deck of clichés ... with a convincing impression of having fun, helped along by a snazzy '60s-'70s soundtrack and bit-part fillips.

January 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Here's a rule of thumb: If the coincidences in your movie have longer odds than Carrot Top perfecting cold fusion, you might be straining the old believability factor.

January 18, 2003
Arizona Republic
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It takes a truly awful motion picture to nullify the considerable appeal of Lee, Stiles, and Blair, but A Guy Thing has what it takes.

January 18, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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[Tries] desperately to lower the bar for scatological gags, rank sexual humor and cheap physical shots.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A bale of romantic fluff that is a lot funnier than it has any right to be.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Cycles through the same old cliches, like squares accidentally being dosed with drugs, overzealous pharmacists blaring out sensitive medical information (nothing like a good ol' venereal disease joke), and climactically scotched weddings. [Blu-ray]

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Lame, crude descendent of Meet the Parents.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Would feel a lot emptier without the lively actors populating it.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I can't imagine this painfully unfunny and often boring movie being a 'thing' for guys or gals.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Poop Shoot
Movie Poop Shoot

Julia Stiles provides the one shining light in an otherwise dull, unfunny, cringe-inducing comedy caper.

September 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

every bumbling mishap along the way to the aisle- the sudden public attacks of diarrhea, the psychotic ex-boyfriend, about a hundred other stale gags - is straight out of the campus-howler how-to book

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A date movie - but only if your other option is a documentary on plates.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

...wasn't as bad as suffering through Just Married, but that's a little like saying you'd rather cross the Atlantic in the Hindenburg than the Titanic.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The quirky comedic timing of skater-turned-thespian Jason Lee helps resuscitate a screenplay choking on its own predictability and awkwardly odd scenarios.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Thanks to Chris Koch's slack direction, A Guy Thing never gathers real comic momentum.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

A forgettable and unremarkable romantic comedy.

March 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Of course, the story line is painfully predictable, but everyone involved does such an entertaining job that it doesn't really seem to matter.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

It's pure tripe, and the cast knows it.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It's good dirty fun!

February 6, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

It soon has enough surprises and funny moments to keep you watching to the end.

January 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

No comment, other than this one: Don't waste your money.

January 26, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

An often witty and only occasionally obnoxious comedy that - thankfully - lacks the disturbing misanthropy of so many movies aimed at a young male audience.

January 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

I could be wrong about the ratio, but my guess is that about a quarter of the film is spent in bathrooms. Who funded this movie? American Standard?

January 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

With an ultimately too relaxed comic tone, the movie doesn't go far enough in emphasizing the mental terrors that result from Paul's infidelity.

January 22, 2003 Full Review

Audience Reviews for A Guy Thing

Forgetable and not that great! Got bored throughout the film!
June 24, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Don't let the title fool you because this film's for guys and girls. A brilliant cast with Julia Stiles and Jason Lee starring in a hilarious, romantic tale of meeting the right person close to a wedding with the wrong one, and all of the complications that arise due to the fact that she's his fiance's cousin. Memorable gags and running jokes that never grow stale.
August 25, 2008
yona71

Super Reviewer

i missed the first part of this because it was on tv, but i saw most of it and enough to know that it wasnt very good. jason lee is always funny but he starred along side two of the more annoying actresses in hollywood.
November 20, 2007
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