Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2006. Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Failure to Launch Productions. Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember. Cinematography by Claudio Miranda. Produced by Scott Aversano, Scott Rudin. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Jeremy Conway. Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick. Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum.
Matthew McConaughey is a successful boat salesman who is 35 years old and still living with his parents. Desperate to get him out of the house and into his own life, Mom (Kathy Bates) and Dad (Terry Bradshaw, isn’t that a coincidence?) hire a professional ‘exiter’ (Sarah Jessica Parker, now you know why it’s funny) to simulate a relationship with him and convince him to move out. Trouble is, surprise surprise, this time it’s more than a job for the SJP when she realizes that McConaughey’s good ole’ boy accent and shit-kicking bod make her go all a-quiver. Like most romantic comedies, this is a formula piece that moves along predictably and is only enjoyable when it focuses on its quirky supporting characters (Zooey Deschanel is a delight, and her romance with Justin Bartha is much more affecting than the leads’). Otherwise it’s a remake of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days with the sorry manipulation plotline and McConaughey himself, who is barely inspired to keep his end up here. Parker is adorable, but she shares zippo chemistry with her co-star and, while I’m not confused about why she would keep him as a pet for sex, her reasons for finding him worthy of lifelong commitment are a complete mystery.