A Guy Thing

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Lame, crude descendent of Meet the Parents.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Character beat up; characters trapped by dog.

Sex

Sexual references and situations, crude and raunchy humor.

Language

Brief strong language.

Consumerism

Some product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking to excess, drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has gross humor and very mature material for a PG-13, including graphic references to a sexually transmitted disease, masturbation, drugs, and adultery. Characters use very strong language and there is social drinking to excess, at one point resulting in the encounter that triggers the plot. A character is beat up and arrested for possession of cocaine. There is also such a weird sort of homophobic vibe to some of the jokes.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Jason Lee plays Paul, a guy so risk-averse that he gives the "groom" hat at his bachelor party to his best man, so that the dancing "tiki girls" in grass skirts won't pay any attention to him. Yet somehow he wakes up the next morning, hung over, with one of those dancing girls (Julia Stiles) in his bed. It turns out that she is his fiancée's cousin, so she keeps turning up at all the family events.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you made a copy of a copy of a copy of Meet the Parents and then ran it through one of those script-generating software programs advertised in the back of movie magazines, you might come out with something like A GUY THING, a completely inept attempted screwball comedy without a single memorable moment. There is much faux humor about Paul pretending to have a massive gastro-intestinal disorder, getting an itchy STD and having to get some medication which is discussed loudly in the pharmacy as his future mother-in-law is standing there; the steroid rage of Becky's ex-fiancé, an evidence-planting cop; a rehearsal dinner spiked with pot; and some dirty pictures found by a young boy that end up stuck together, not with glue.

The movie is a step down for everyone associated with it, including director Chris Koch, who made a promising debut with "Snow Day," and Lee, Blair, and Stiles, who show no energy whatsoever. One reason the script seems so much like "Meet the Parents" is that the story is by the same writer, though even four screenwriters could not manage to come up with a single memorable line of dialogue, character to care about, believable motivation, or genuinely funny moment. Every joke and plot development is telegraphed so ham-handedly that it is instantly anticlimactic. There are sit-coms on the WB that have more laughs before the first commercial than this movie has in 90 minutes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way Paul and Becky think about fears and what his behavior and attraction to Becky should tell him about his plan to marry his boss' daughter.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 27, 2003
DVD release date:May 27, 2003
Cast:Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair
Director:Chris Koch
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, crude humor, some sexual content and drug references

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Teen, 15 years old Written byhomealonefan123 December 14, 2011
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awesome movie

great movie. but a part where a peron gets beat up. i laughed through the movie. but bad santa was funnier
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byPlague April 30, 2010
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A Guy Thing

Suprisingly hilarious, but predictable none the less.
Parent Written byLillylotus July 8, 2014
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Not for kids

Yes it's a comedy, but the theme are something not for kids to comprehend and glean what actually has transpired in the whole duration of the movie. There are no explicit sexual content however there are subjects such as lying to cover up one's faults, one night stand, etc. I am not a moral police, but subjects like these is something kids and teens shouldn't really touch on. I really think that teens--nowadays are just in a rush to grow up too fast.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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