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She's the One

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All-Reviews.com Movie Review: She's the One

Starring: Edward Burns, Mike McGlone
Director: Edward Burns
Rated: R
RunTime: 96 Minutes
Release Date: August 1996
Genres: Comedy, Romance


*Also starring: Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Maxine Bahns, John Mahoney, Amanda Peet, Frank Vincent, Anita Gillette, Leslie Mann, Robert Weil



Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

After his great success writing, directing, and starring in the low budget flick THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, Edward Burns is back. This time he has a Hollywood bankrolled film, but he keeps his comedic sights set on his favorite subjects: Catholic male angst, infidelity, and most of all, sex - particularly the lack thereof. Given that most of the cast leads return, you can excuse the audience if they think the film is THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN PART 2. Actually, this time the story is different and the brothers have changed their last name to Fitzpatrick.

As the story unfolds, brothers Mickey (Edward Burns) and Francis (Mike McGlone also his brother in BROTHERS 1, I mean in THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN) are verbally sparring with their dad (John Mahoney from PRIMAL FEAR and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT) on their regular fishing trip. The dad ridicules them by calling them girls, and they generally trade one-liners with each other.

The one-liners are both the strength and the weakness of the film. Burns has millions of them in his head and having no self-control puts all of them in the script. Some work, and some don't. The ones that do are terrific and the main reason to see the picture. Unfortunately, one-liners do not a relationship make. The characters are all interesting individually, and yet none are compelling or involving. With life reduced to one-liners, they have no way to develop a chemistry with each other or with the audience.

Francis is a chain smoking stock broker worth a lot of money. He even has a limo to drive him to work everyday. Poor Mickey is just a Brooklyn cab driver, but claims to be happy. Francis taunts him with, "Big deal, you're happy. You're never going to make any real money."

Francis is married to his work. When his wife Renee (Jennifer Aniston) wants to have sex, he tells her basically to take a number. He is too busy right now working in bed with his laptop. He is also having an affair with fellow stock broker Heather (Cameron Diaz who was so great as Jude in THE LAST SUPPER).

One day, Mickey picks up a fare appropriately named Hope (Maxine Bahns from THE BROTHERS McMULLEN), and they get married the next day. Francis thinks this is stupid, and chides him with, "Romance is great, but I just want to remind you, it don't pay the bills."

Mostly the show ignores religion other than talking about the unseen Mrs. Fitzpatrick's daily church attendance. One time, however, when their dad thinks something happened that the church would not approve of, a perplexed Mickey inquires, "Why are you getting so upset Dad? You don't even believe in God." The angry father snaps back, "That doesn't mean I'm going to stop being a good Catholic."

All in all, the show is an enjoyable but shallow little comedy signifying nothing. The one-liners frequently work, and actors are good, but trapped in their material.

My favorite is Cameron Diaz, who has extremely captivating eyes. Based on her work in THE LAST SUPPER, she is probably the most talented of the lot. Mahoney is a fine, but colorless supporting actor. The others have promise, but the jury is out. Here they did an excellent job of reading their jokes and entertaining me, but none of them were convincing.

SHE'S THE ONE runs a fast 1:36. It is rated R solely because they use the F word a few times. This is much tamer show than this year's PG-13 rated THE NUTTY PROFESSOR which was non-stop foul language, but used every cuss word except the F word. In SHE'S THE ONE, there is no violence, no nudity although there are a lot of missing bras, and no sex although they do talk about it incessantly. It would be fine for any teenager. I give the show a mild thumbs up as it was funny in parts and entertaining, and award it ** 1/2.

Copyright 1996 Steve Rhodes

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