Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 2001. Fox 2000 Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions. Screenplay by Elizabeth Chandler, based on the novel Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman. Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Lynda Obst. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Dan Leigh. Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth. Film Editing by Dana Congdon.
Ashley Judd plays an assistant to a go-getter television host (Ellen Barkin) who falls in love with a new co-worker (Greg Kinnear) and embarks upon the best relationship of her life. After selling her apartment to move in with him, she discovers that it’s all over and the only place she can find to live on such short notice is rooming with her oversexed, bad-attitude work colleague (Hugh Jackman), a guy who goes from one girl to the next in an effort to prove that the true love he once had with his girlfriend doesn’t exist. While moping around in her misery, our heroine stumbles upon a theory that equates men and their need to swap partners with research done on bulls who refuse to have sex with the same cow twice. Is it really true or is she just compensating for her own personal feelings of unworthiness? The film’s ending is too much too soon, but throughout the bulk of its running time this is a pleasant film with much to recommend it. Marisa Tomei is excellent as Judd’s chatty best friend, Barkin is surprisingly not as her misguided boss and look for a cameo by Judd’s mother Naomi as her makeup lady.