Extending sketch comedy vignettes into a full-length feature isn't easy, and actor-turned-director Chazz Palminteri's clumsy relationship farce is the proof. Dana (Christine Lahti) walks out on her spouse, Mickey (Joe Mantegna), after he buys her a vintage Cadillac. The gift stirs up unpleasant memories, reminding Dana of her father. Mickey calls his pal Bruce (Paul Reiser) for advice, but Bruce turns out to be dealing with his own mid-life marital crisis. Bruce's wife, Brita (Glenn Headley), has been unable to take his lovemaking seriously since she spotted hair growing in his ears; she too is unfavorably reminded of her father. Mickey and Bruce have a chat with their recently divorced pal, Nick (Robert Pastorelli); Nick took a Native Americans sensitivity session and foolishly confessed his infidelities. Now he seduces women by modeling his loincloth. Bruce and Mickey come away suitable terrified at the thought that they too might be making the move to Splitsville. Dana cools off and returns home, but doesn't find a properly crestfallen mate; in fact, she winds up tailing Mickey and Bruce to a lap dance club and wastes no time telling Brita. As Bruce and Mickey try to understand the opposite sex, Nick meets Shelley (Jennifer Coolidge), who realizes she can only sleep around so long before gravity limits her horizens. Mickey and Bruce catch their wives encouraging Nick to gyrate like a Chippendales dancer in his Native American g-string, and it begins to look as though none of these middle-aged romantics will re-commit to their significant others. As she so often does. supporting player Coolidge steals the show; her cast-mates never rise above David J. Burke 's banal Men are from Mars/Women Are From Venus script. Overall, the movie feels like a Punch and Judy sex farce for grown-ups.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: Extending sketch comedy vignettes into a full-length feature isn't easy, and actor-turned-director Chazz Palminteri's clumsy relationship farce is the proof. Dana (Christine Lahti) walks out on her spouse, Mickey (Joe Mantegna), after he buys her a vintage… (more)