I Think I Love My Wife

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Rock's so-so temptation comedy earns its R rating.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 94 minutes

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Positive Messages

Richard spends most of the film objectifying women -- from beautiful passengers on the commuter train to cleavage-baring sales clerks and waitresses. Every beautiful woman is seen as a tease, flaunting her obvious sexuality -- except, of course, for Brenda. Nikki says that Richard has "n----r ears," because he listens to songs by black musicians.


Richard gets a thorough beat-down from Nikki's thuggish ex-boyfriend.


Although there's very little actual sex -- just one scene of foreplay when the camera lingers on a woman in a bra and thong panties -- there's plenty of sexual banter: "I can't wait to suck your d--k," "Are you still f--king?," "She's like a work of art I'd like to mount," etc.


Do you even have to wonder? Like Rock's stand-up routine, the movie has plenty of profanity, from racial terms like the "N" word and "cracker" to dozens of "f--k"s and its derivatives. There's also a lot of sex talk, like "d--k" and "p---y."


More product placements than usual: Chopard watches, Porsche convertible, Volvo station wagon, iPods, and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name just a few. And, of course, Viagra.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Viagra might as well have received its own film credit since it's so heavily featured as the drug of choice for George and, later, Richard. Nikki also smokes incessantly, even in smoke-free places, and Richard gets drunk at a Manhattan nightclub. Two couples have wine at dinner.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like Chris Rock's popular stand-up routines (think HBO, not Saturday Night Live), this comedy contains graphic sexual banter and innuendo. Rock plays a successful, sex-starved husband who fantasizes about every attractive woman who passes by. When a super-sexy beauty from his past shows up with come-hither looks, he obsesses about her availability. The temptation to commit adultery -- even when depicted by a usually hilarious comedian like Rock -- isn't exactly kid- or teen-friendly material. There's no actual sex, but Rock's character definitely has sex on the brain. And he swears up a storm, too.

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What's the story?

Woe is Richard Cooper (Chris Rock). He's got a gorgeous wife (Gina Torres), two cute tots, a killer house in the 'burbs, and an amazing job as a Manhattan investment banker. But he isn't "getting any" at home, so he spends most of his free time fantasizing about any lovely lady who crosses his path. Sexually frustrated, Richard is primed for the biggest temptation of all: Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington), a former object of his desire. Who can blame him? She looks like a lingerie model, curses like a sailor, and oozes sexuality with every look. Soon, Nikki is stopping by Richard's office in the afternoons -- until Richard is no longer a reliable worker-bee executive or responsible husband. Will he ultimately give in to his urges or try to save his predictable marriage?

Is it any good?

In a few scenes, Rock is every bit as funny as his (often racy) stand-up material. But despite the occasional laugh-out-loud moments, I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE is never as consistently edgy or witty as the comedian's tightly written routines. There are a few controversial comments (apparently if you have too much Motown and R&B on your iPod, you have "n----r ears") and original songs (like the rap "F--k the Cracker") -- but not the smart observational humor viewers might expect.

While Rock is definitely an A-list comedian, there's not much here that's on a par with the movie's original source, cerebral French New Wave classic Chloe in the Afternoon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gender and objectification. Is it OK to think of women purely as sex objects? Does the movie offer any alternative perspectives on women? What messages do movies and TV shows send about adultery? Families can also talk about the movie's racial overtones. Was it odd that Richard was the only black executive at his firm? List some role models of successful (not just rich) African Americans in movies and on TV.

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