I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE: DVD
Richard Cooper (Chris Rock) and his wife Brenda (Gina Torres) are happily married with two cute kids. The only snag to Richard is that they don't seem to have sex anymore. Everything else in his life is perfect - he likes his job as an investment banker, and gets on well with his colleague George (Steve Buscemi). Then one day, his buddy's ex-girlfriend Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington) walks into his office and things change. Richard is not the wandering kind, but his ego is flattered; besides she seems to need him.
Review by Louise Keller:
'The biggest thing on a pair of panties should be the tag,' Chris Rock's frustrated husband Richard tells the marriage therapist. Richard admits himself that he is living the perfect life. The only problem is that he is bored. Until the sexy, provocative, curvaceous Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington) comes along. Rock directed and co-wrote this easy-to-watch Hollywood romantic comedy that looks at marriage, sex and the fantasy that is the alternative. The story is an update on Eric Rohmer's 1972 film about a happily married man who fantasises about every woman he meets. In this remake, Rock's narration is the glue that binds it together, with dialogue that is often crude and straight to the point.
The central threesome are a likeable trio with Washington's Nikki making an impact with a revealing wardrobe of red clingy dresses, low cut tops and little short skirts. Rock is less hysterical than usual and Gina Torres, who plays Richard's calm, devoted wife Brenda, is lovely. One of the funniest scenes occurs in a lingerie shop, when Brenda who has just picked out a pair of large, practical briefs is introduced to Nikki for the first time. While the relationship between Richard and Nikki may not be believable, it is entertaining; even watching them throw one-dollar notes from his office window is fun. The scene involving Viagra and an ambulance is pretty silly, and although it's good to see Steve Buscemi on screen, it is hard to know why he agreed to this thankless small role as Richard's work colleague.
Fantasy and reality are explored, and we learn that while you can't choose WHO you love, you can choose HOW you love. Family versus frivolity is the key issue at stake in this light hearted romp that may not be a great work of art, but easily passes the time.
Published February 28, 2008
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I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE: DVD (M)
CAST: Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, Steve Buscemi, Edward Herrmann, Welker White, Samantha Ivers
PRODUCER: Chris Rock, Lisa Stewart
DIRECTOR: Chris Rock
SCRIPT: Chris Rock, Louis C.K.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: William Rexer
EDITOR: Wendy Greene Bricmont
MUSIC: Marcus Miller
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sharon Lomofsky
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: November 21, 2007