Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2001. Screen Gems, C4 Pictures. Screenplay by Mark Brown. Cinematography by Alexander Gruszynski. Produced by Mark Brown, Paddy Cullen, Doug McHenry. Music by Marcus Miller. Production Design by Amy B. Ancona. Costume Design by Debrae Little. Film Editing by Earl Watson.
Fun comedy about a sassy advertising executive (Vivica A. Fox) who thinks she knows everything about men, but is one day thrown for a loop when her seemingly perfect, trustworthy boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) is caught on a date with another woman. Fox decides to implement her 10-day punishment program, designed to get the guy down on his knees begging for forgiveness and reinstate the relationship. Told in intimate narration style with Fox directing her comments straight at the camera, the film never reaches its full comedic potential, but is extremely enjoyable and amply describes both the male and female side of the conundrum it is exploiting. None of the characters ever become cloying (except for David Krumholtz‘s annoyingly heartless stereotype of a gay male secretary), though one would wish for more scenes involving Fox’s girlfriends, as they provide some real gems (especially comedienne Mo’Nique as the self-proclaimed “Ghetto Glamour” girl).