A Guy Thing (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 23, 2011 by  

A great date movie and hilarious romantic comedy that even the guys will definitely appreciate.   “A Guy Thing” is worth watching!

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TITLE: A Guy Thing


DURATION: 101 minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Surround, French 5.1 DTS, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

RATED: PG-13 (Language, Crude Humor, Some Sexual Content & Drug References)

COMPANY: Twentieth Century Fox/MGM

RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2011

Directed by Chris Koch

Story by Greg Glienna

Screenplay by Greg Glienna, Pete Schwaba, Matt Tarses, Bill Wrubel

Produced by David Ladd, David Nicksay

Co-Producer: David Kerwin, Danielle Sterling

Music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Cinematography by Robbie Greenberg

Edited by David Moritz

Casting by Brennan Dufresne, Risa Bramon Garcia

Casting by Brennan Dufresne, Risa Bramon Garcia

Production Design by Dan Davis

Art Direction by Patrick Banister

Set Decoration by Lesley Beale

Costume Design by Pamela Withers


Jason Lee as Paul

Julia Stiles as Becky

Selma Blair as Karen

James Brolin as Ken

Shawn Hatosy as Jim

Lochlyn Munro as Ray

Diana Scarwid as Sandra

David Koechner as Buck

Julie Hagerty as Dorothy

Thomas Lennon as Pete

Jackie Burroughs as Aunt Budge

Paul is engaged to Karen (Blair) when he meets the perfect girl, Becky (Stiles) at his bachelor party. And to make matters worse, he’s just discovered that the two are cousins! Soin a situation like this, what’s the guy thing to do? Tell white lies and cover things up. But as the wedding date fast approaches, Paul finds himself falling for Becky and is faced with an impossible decision: do the right thing or lose the real thing forever!

Sure, we have seen it before in film.  Man or woman is preparing to get married but somehow before they get married, they meet someone that they connect with.

And sure, these films are part of the banality of romantic comedies but if done well and if it does its job in entertaining the masses, then it has done its job.

In 2003, “A Guy Thing” was released in theaters and personally, I was intrigued because its leading man was usual funny guy Jason Lee (who at the time was known for his appearance on Kevin Smith films “Chasing Amy”, “Mallrats”, “Dogma”) and the two female actresses were Selma Blair (“Cruel Intentions”, “Legally Blonde”, “Hellboy”, “Zoe”) and Julia Stiles (“10 Things I Hate About You”, “Save the Last Dance”, “The Bourne Identity”).

Also, it would be the first romantic comedy from new director Chris Koch who directed “Snow Day” (who is now known for directing the TV series “My Name is Earl”, “Scrubs, “Cougar Town” and “Traffic Light”).

So, I figured it was a first for these talents and the filmmaker and coming into the film with possibly low expectations, I actually came out of the theater enjoying the film, knowing I had a good number of laughs throughout and for the most part, being entertained.

“A Guy Thing” is a film about Paul Coleman (played by Jason Lee), a man who is celebrating his bachelor party with his friends.  His friends hire Hawaiian dancers for the bachelor party but one of them is quite bad at dancing.  Her name is Becky (played by Julia Stiles) and she asks if Paul can buy her a beer.

The next morning, Paul wakes up from a phone call from his mother-in-law to ask if Karen, his fiance (played by Selma Blair) is there.  When he goes to wake her up, laying on his bed is not Karen but it’s Becky.

Shocked and surprised that Becky is in his bed, Paul who can not remember a thing, assumes that he had sex with her.

He wakes Becky up and tells her to leave before his fiance gets there and eventually, Paul is able to get her out of his room and the building before Karen arrives.

We learn that Karen is a conservative woman and likes things a certain way and pretty much expects Paul to do what she says.  While Paul’s brother (who introduced Karen to Paul) absolutely adores her, Paul feels guilty that he slept with another girl.  His best friend Jim (played by Shawn Hatosy) tells him that the chances of seeing Becky again, is quite slim.

But from that day foreword, things start to go crazy for Paul.  One, he starts to feel itchy in his nether-region and feels that Becky gave him crabs and as far as not seeing Becky again, well…it appears that Becky is Karen’s cousin.

And to make things worst for Paul, Becky’s ex-boyfriend, a cop named Ray (played by Lochlyn Munro) has had an investigator following her and sure enough, has pictures of Becky and Paul together.

And due to circumstance, Paul finds himself having to meet with Becky a few times before his wedding and starts to learn something about himself, his relationship with Karen but also his feelings towards Becky.

Will Paul marry Karen or will he break up with her to be with Becky?


“A Guy Thing” is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:85:1).  As part of the catalog titles being released on Blu-ray by Twentieth Century Fox and MGM, picture quality for “A Guy Thing” tends to look good most of the time.  There is a good amount of grain, black levels are nice and deep and skin tones are natural.

But I did detect white speckles showing up from time-to-time and also banding and possibly low-artifacting during scenes with certain lighting.  Granted, by no means is this going to affect anyone’s viewing of the film.


“A Guy Thing” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Surround and French 5.1 DTS.  Lossless audio was actually pretty good for this film.  Typically for romantic comedies, they are dialogue and music driven but because this film has crowd scenes, even various action-related scenes, the surround channel is used quite a bit.  So, there is good use of the ambiance through the surround channels more than most romantic comedies that I have come across on Blu-ray.

Subtitles are in English SDH, Spanish and French.


“A Guy Thing” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Director Chris Koch, Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair and Thomas Lennon.  A crazy audio commentary worth listening to!
  • Inside a Guy Thing – (18:38) A featurette about how the director was selected, updates of the script by the writers and what deviated from the original script, how talents were cast and more.
  • Bachelor Party Confidential – (9:14) A featurette about what is a bachelor party.
  • Groovy Gravy Making the Scene in a Guy Thing – (5:25) The making of the gravy/party scene and how storyboards came into play.
  • Deleted Scenes – (17:02) Featuring eight deleted scenes with an introduction to each deleted scene by Director Chris Koch.
  • Alternate Endings – (8:14) A total of three alternate endings with an introduction by Director Chris Koch.
  • Gag Reel – (11:49) “A Guy Thing” gag reel.
  • Theatrical Trailer – (2:21) The original theatrical trailer for “A Guy Thing”.

Having watched actor Jason Lee in the Kevin Smith films as well as other projects he has worked on, you pretty much have this idea in your head of what kind of films he likes to take part in and what kind of comedy.

For the most part, you know that the role is going to be crazy and because he is the leading man for this romantic comedy, prior to watching this film, I couldn’t picture it but I had to see it for myself.  Especially to see how his leading ladies and their characters would be around him.

And sure enough, “A Guy Thing” has plenty of hilarious moments that made me laugh throughout the film.  I was expecting more of a kitschy storyline with the overused cliche of man is getting married, meets woman that he connects with and chooses her over his fiance.  It’s been overdone before and fortunately for “A Guy Thing”, the way things play out, especially at the end is quite different.

Jason Lee definitely gives a pretty solid performance of playing Paul Coleman.  From fart and diarrhea jokes, scratching his balls when he has crabs to a lot of other crazy situations in the film, he can definitely play the character with efficacy.

Selma Blair on the other hand was quite interesting as the straight-laced fiance.  Very different, more reserved and proper than Paul (makes you wonder how these two ever clicked).  But you add in the very different Beck Jackon played by Julia Stiles and Becky brings the more adventurous side out of Paul.

At the time this film came out, I was quite pleased by the acting by each of these talent because for Jason Lee, although he had appeared in “Almost Famous” and “Vanilla Sky”, his role in “A Guy Thing” actually fits his style of performance.  Quirky comedy and he does it well.

For Selma Blair, this was a pretty good role to showcase her as actress since 1999’s “Cruel Intentions” and suffice to say, since “A Guy Thing”, she went on to have bigger roles in films such as the “Hellboy” films and television roles.  In reality, she is quite quirky and has a pretty good humorous (and fashionable) side to her, so to see her as the straight-laced girlfriend was quite interesting.  And also, she is able to play the role quite well.

A scene where she discovers Becky’s underwear and goes to question Paul of why he has girl’s underwear in his apartment was hilarious!  But most of all, how the writers were able to come up with a resolution for it, was very clever and well-thought up.  And definitely gave credence to the film’s titled “A Guy Thing”.

And Julia Stiles, similar to Blair, her hit film that she appeared in was the 1999 teen comedy “10 Things I Hate About You”, followed up by “Save the Last Dance”.  And after “A Guy Thing”, she has since managed to star in several hit films such as the “Bourne” trilogy and also TV projects such as “Dexter”.

Her role as Becky was quite vibrant because you sense a dangerous and naive side to her.  Almost in a Bohemian kind of way, she walks her own path, even if that means having a different job every week.  But her character is essential in changing Paul and seeing life in different way.

Both female talents look absolutely wonderful in the film and all three talents give a pretty solid comedic performance and needless to say, everything comes together.

As for the Blu-ray release, it’s a catalog title release but the good news is that it comes with a good number of special features.  The audio commentary was a blast to listen to and the special features actually does a great job in explaining how storyboards and screenplay rewrites were imperative for the film and for certain scenes.  Also, to see how much different things would have been if the director chose any of the alternate endings.

And as for picture quality, it’s good but it’s definitely not pristine.  And as for the lossless audio, as mentioned, I was pretty happy to see that the surround channel was used for the film as most romantic comedies tend to focus on the front and center channels and are usually dialogue and music driven.

Overall, if you are looking for a romantic comedy in a “When Harry Met Sally” or “Sleepless in Seattle”, Nora Efron type of film, “A Guy Thing” may not be for you.  But if you want a popcorn romantic comedy where you can just laugh and be amused by the jokes and craziness that takes place in the film, then I can easily recommend “A Guy Thing”.

It’s obvious that this is a romantic comedy that was tailored for the guys.   From the fart and diarrhea jokes, to a guy furiously trying to scratch his balls at a meeting in the conference room during business, especially of how it was done on film is hilarious!  Especially when Katie discovers the used underwear and Paul tries to tell her that he bought it for her.  Just to see the reaction on Selma Blair’s face is priceless!  It’s just a fun film that I was probably expecting the worse but by the end of the film, I enjoyed it!  And watching it again years later, I still laugh at the same jokes and found it to be enjoyable today.  It’s a funny and entertaining film!

A great date movie and hilarious romantic comedy that even the guys will definitely appreciate.   “A Guy Thing” is worth watching!

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