A Guy Thing


A Guy Thing

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 102


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User Ratings: 73,247
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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 squadron of grass-skirt-clad tiki dancers. Paul strikes up a conversation with one of the dancers, the cheerful if inept Becky (Julia Stiles), and the next morning, he wakes up bleary-eyed with a massive hangover -- and Becky in bed next to him. Paul soon receives a phone call from Karen saying she's stopping by for a visit, and Paul scrambles to get Becky out of his apartment. Paul attempts to explain some incriminating evidence with a few white lies, but a messy situation gets messier when Paul runs into Becky at a pre-wedding family get-together...and discovers she's Karen's cousin. A Guy Thing also features Shawn Hatosy, Lochlyn Munro, and Julie Hagerty.

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Jason Lee
as Paul Coleman
David Koechner
as Buck Morse
Jackie Burroughs
as Aunt Budge
Larry Miller
as Minister Ferris
Matthew Walker
as Minister Green
Will Sanderson
as Bachelor Party Guy
Dave McGowan
as Bachelor Party Guy
Jonathon Young
as Bachelor Party Guy
Daniel McKellar
as Bachelor Party Guy
Scott Williams
as The Buddy Scott Trio
Josef Pelletier
as The Buddy Scott Trio
Joe Sather
as The Buddy Scott Trio
Brody Smith
as Leo Ferris
Miriam Smith
as Mrs. Ferris
John B. Destry
as Angry Driver
Noel Fisher
as Acne-Faced Teen
Enid-Raye Adams
as Maid of Honor
Keith Dallas
as Spend Mart Clerk
Donavon Stinson
as Mouthy Bar Guy
Victor Varnado
as Hansberry
William Sanderson
as Bachelor Party Guy
Gus Lynch
as Internal Affairs Agent Harris
Fiona Hogan
as Internal Affairs Agent Roberts
Xantha Radley
as Ken's Secretary
Miriama Smith
as Mrs. Ferris
Leslie Jones
as Sales Employee
Chris Wilding
as Beaten Suspect
Andy Thompson
as Guy in Washroom
Lina Teal
as Melanie
Shawn Bordoff
as Guy on Sofa
Anita Brown
as Laundromat Girl
Doris Blomgren
as Elderly Shopper
Benjamin Ettenberg
as Zulu Patron
Bonnie Kean
as Drug Store Twin
Jean Kean
as Drug Store Twin
Clayton Watmough
as Police Officer
Peter New
as Crab Guy in Tiki Bar Bathroom
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Critic Reviews for A Guy Thing

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (30)

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

    Mar 11, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Jason Best

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 31, 2003 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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.

    Jan 21, 2003 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 18, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jan 18, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • [Tries] desperately to lower the bar for scatological gags, rank sexual humor and cheap physical shots.

    Jan 17, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Guy Thing

  • Nov 29, 2011
    Formulaic and unfunny. Nuff said.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Formulaic and unfunny. Nuff said.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    I caught this the other week but missed reviewing until now. Jason Lee isn't an ideal romantic lead and is miscast but doesn't result in a bad film, he is funny. This should have been a good film but the filmmaker made some bizarre comedy points that don't work, the crazy ex boyfriend. I found this to be funny if not flawed, the underwear in the bin scene is hilarious. I only wish they kept the oddball craziness throughout instead of patchy segments in a clichà (C) storyline. They could've made an interesting film here but it was in the wrong hands. 22-10-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    Forgetable and not that great! Got bored throughout the film!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer

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