“ Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Amy Heckerling / Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Saoirse Ronan, Tracey Ullman, Jon Lovitz ... / DVD released 2008-07-14 at High Fliers / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I Could Never Be Your Woman is an American Romantic Comedy movie. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2008 and stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. The movie runs at just over an hour and a half and is a 12 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of twelve. You can buy the DVD from Amazon for a price of £6.75 which I do think is a bit expensive for a movie which was released three years ago.
Plot: Rosie has just turned forty. Despite this she is determined that she is not too old for anything and is loving life with her teenage daughter. However, when a much younger guy catches her attention and falls madly in love with her, will she be able to say "no"? Watch I Could Never Be Your Woman to find out!
A great movie with a great plot! I loved the whole romance of it all, and for once it was nice to see that the woman was in charge of the relationship rather than the man!
The movie is a bit predictable but it's still really fun and interesting to watch!
One of the main things which I loved about this movie was the acting. In this movie, the two main actors had such great comedy timing and came across as being really hilarious. I have always liked Paul Rudd (40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up). Ladies, you may like to know that there is also something quite 'hot' about him!
I think that this movie will appeal to people of all ages especially women. I like the fact that the movie focuses on a forty year old woman for a change, rather than a twenty year old something woman as one it's different and two older characters tend to be more interesting because they have 'lived a bit more'. I think that women (especially in their thirties and forties) will be able to relate to the main character.
If you love chick flicks, you'll love this!
Thanks for reading!
May 6th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
I like romantic comedies, I tend to watch a lot of them so I bought this because it was a cheap romantic comedy on amazon when I was going through a stage of having nothing to watch and buying loads of dvds!
The basic plotline is that Rosie is a 40 year old TV show producer fighting to stay on top in the cutthroat world of Hollywood where younger is better. She balances work and trying to stay young with being a single mum to her daughter Izzie who is falling in love for the first time. Things become complicated when a new 20 something actor joins the show, and Rosie sees something different in him, ending up falling in love with him, but thinks that she could never be his woman because of the age difference.
Well basically I really didn't like this, I got so bored that I ended up turning it off after an hour because I couldn't face another half an hour! It was totally bland, it lacked any sparkle or chemistry and you totally knew what was going to happen at every turn! The plot line was just not interesting enough to keep my attention and I found my mind wondering all the time. There was certain things in it that really annoyed me as well, particularly the use of Mother Nature which I just didn't think was necessary. If you want something good with Michelle Pfieffer in then watch Stardust!
The old cliché of 'Don't judge a book by its cover' rings true with this one. Only it was a DVD cover on this occasion. Picture the scene, skint, two days to payday and depressed. And then your wife spies a £5 DVD in Asda the plotline of which sounds dull and the casting average. You scour the shelves for an alternative but she stands firm...................
And so, a few hours later you are sitting down with a glass of wine, cause heavens knows you're going to need it!, and put the movie on.
I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN is a romantic comedy about Rosie, a mother who falls for Adam, a younger man, and her daughter Izzie who falls in love for the first time. An acerbic Mother Nature meddles in their fates. (From IMDB)
I had no expectations with this film, and I think that is the best way to approach it. I don't find it hilariously funny in bits. The script writers clearly had fun and there are subtle stabs at films such as 'Clueless', and a few snide remarks about 'Dawson's Creek', and two brilliant spoofs of Britney Spears and Alanis Morrisete. There is some good crass bloke humour courtesy mostly of Paul Rudd who at times seems separate from action. Mostly because he is better than the script. As is Michelle Pfeiffer. I reckon she took this job to pay an old tax bill. Still she sails through script and portrays an almost believable flaky nearly 40 something in search of love before her biological clock crashes to a halt.
Tracey Ulman plays a surreal mother nature and while she is amusing I think Michelle Pfeiffer could have carried it off herself. The star of this DVD is the young daughter, Izzie. She has a head on her many years older. She delivers her lines effortlessly and they are hilarious. She rights spoofs of famous songs that are very near the bone, but very funny. There is a well placed line about sending your son to the Neverland Ranch that had me in stitches. The same can be said of the Barbie and Ken scenes. They are just hilarious. And when Izzie asks her mum how do you make a negative number Rosie responds take away it's Prozac and put it with some smaller numbers. Genius!!! So the script is strong for the key characters. Not so much for the others, but really, who cares about them anyway.
The rest of the cast is a who's who of British actors; Graham Norton makes an appearance, Mitchell, form Mitchell and Webb, MacKenzie Crook, Peter Polycarpou. They all play their parts well and add the much needed background humour to allow the stars to shine.
All in, I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. I did laugh out loud and replayed a few scenes as I had missed some of the dialogue (I laugh loudly). Watch the extras with the golf cart!!!
This is not a film for young kids, the certificate is there for a reason but if you don't find bits funny then I would suggest you check for a pulse.
Taking a quick look at the synopsis for this film, I wasn't too sure about whether I liked the look of it or not. In the end I thought it would be worth a watch as I usually like a romantic comedy, and I really could not be bothered following a complex storyline.
The plot for this film is a 40-something American teen show producer, who is trying to find the right balance in her life as she brings up her teenage daughter and maintain the body of a hollywood star. Her life becomes even more complicated as she falls in love with the 20-something who auditions for a part in the teen show. She finds further problems as her young teenage daughter falls in love for the first time.
I found the film to be a decent watch overall. At times it was very funny, but I did think there were alot of boring scenes, and at times I completely lost interest in what was even being said.
Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer made the best of an average script; that being the reason though I thought it was an okay watch, when I didn't want to follow a complex storyline. There were also guest appearances from some fimiliar British faces such as David Mitchell.
Rosie is a strong, successful, independent woman who is trying to juggle her career as a writer for a hit teen soap-opera with bringing up a teenage daughter and maintaining a the body and the look that Hollywood demands after the age of 45. But her neatly ordered life is thrown into a complete spin when she falls in love with a young actor auditioning for a part on her show. The main problem; he is half her age. Can their relationship survive the scrutiny of her friends and can she find what it means to be herself when the whole world is trying to force her to become something different? And once the very real personal consequences of living in 'a plastic world' become apparent on her young daughter can Rosie teach her to stay true to herself?
I Could Never Be your Woman is a surprisingly witty, intelligent and endearing romantic comedy which treads the line between sweet and saccharine very ably and employs a great cast and deceptively sharp screenplay to enhance the humour and drama of it all. It takes an interesting premise and fleshes it out with nicely drawn characters and some fun plot twists, whilst taking a few great pot-shots at the entertainment industry and societies view of ageing. Some of it feels a little tired (the "insider" jokes surrounding the making of a television show cover very old ground and can't help but feel a little forced) but the romantic elements feel fresh and feisty whilst the scripts sardonic edge keeps things from falling into routine cliché. It's not the most charming entry in the crowded genre; but it's a professional, glossy, hilarious, and above all, intelligent look at love in the time of celebrity culture.
The script is most successful when it is toying with the idea of fading youth and examining the very real personal cost associated with the war on wrinkles. This relevant topic allows Amy Heckerling to explore drama and comedy; cueing some fine slapstick and some even better heart-to-hearts. As Rosie's teenage daughter screams "I'm not like you, I'm not beautiful, I'm just a fat pig" at her svelte mother it is genuinely heart-wrenching and allows some great performances to emerge. The conflict between the superficial and the real is extremely important throughout and it forms the beating heart of the story, making the whole thing much more moving and engaging. It puts forward the polemic that there are consequences attached to our "looks are all that matter" culture and it fights its case unusually eloquently for the genre. In the end comedy outweighs the drama and most of the film is genuinely funny - with some belly-laugh-worthy physical hyjinx as well as some bone dry, acidic dialogue. The whole thing is infused with an uncharacteristic lightness of touch and a wicked sense of humour. The whole cast delivers their lines with comedic flair and there is an abundance of comedy set-pieces.
Despite the fact that it occasionally slips into silly territory (Paul Rudd's frantic, crazed dancing elicits only a guilty chuckle) nothing outweighs the fact that Heckerling has some genuinely interesting things to say and writes with a very pleasing comedic grace. The characters have dysfunctions which are mined for laughter gold and the age-gap between the romantic leads is dealt with in a far funnier way than recent films which have tackled the subject (see the fairly dreadful Prime with Uma Thurman).
Heckerling also does a great job of directing; making the flick stylish as well as substantial and entertaining. She brings some sparkle to the comedic sequences that shouldn't be that funny and, despite the Hollywood setting, makes the characters and the romance feel earthy and realistic. The film never outstays its welcome thanks to some very accurate pacing and a few nice visual touches. Some of her direction feels a little heavy handed at times - when she goes back over Clueless territory she seems to try a little too hard to gain laughs and doesn't capture the zestiness that made the 90s flick such undeniable fun. The central romance almost takes a side-line to the main plot, but there is definitely a fun dynamic between the two lead characters and their romance is absorbing and touching, with many scenes that are charming and touching. The directing doesn't fall into the usual rom-com traditions and the story builds up to a refreshingly hopeful but realistic and moving finale which caps things off very nicely. Heckerling manages to weave in a rousing message about being yourself and learning to love your flaws without coming across as preachy or irritating and refuses to spoon-feed the audience, leaving many questions up in the air and never once suggesting that she has all of the answers.
Michelle Pfeiffer looks stunning throughout I Could Never Be your Woman and she really brings the film together - putting in a gentle, funny, warm and clever performance as Rosie, a woman desperately trying to hold onto the life she once knew whilst the world changes around her. She is extremely believable and puts in a completely three dimensional performance - she breathes life into Rosie and fills most of her sequences with style and grace. She is perfect in the more dramatic sequences - really making her characters journey poignant and creating a nice chemistry with Saoirse Ronan her on-screen daughter. She is funny and confident and adds a really witty edge to the film - her screen-time with Rudd is always fresh and engaging and she obviously enjoys the fast-paced dialogue and plays around with the sharper edges of the screenplay. Her presence brings some credibility to the proceedings and she is a really professional and engaging element to the whole thing.
Paul Rudd is predictably funny and engaging throughout; displaying his unique mix of juvenile slap-stick and sophisticated delivery he makes his ever-so-slightly annoying character seem interesting and engaging. He is a capable romantic lead, forming a nice connection with Pfeiffer, and one of the most comedic forces within the flick. However, it is the dry-as-a-bone Tracy Ulman who really sparkles throughout - she is absolutely hilarious, sardonic, acerbic and endlessly witty as Rosie's 'evil guardian angel'. She starts the film off with hilarious observations on the human race and remains the wicked beating heart throughout. She is successful in making her imaginary character charming as well as completely obnoxious and witty.
Overall I Could Never BE Your Woman is a witty, clever and hugely enjoyable entry into the never-ending rom-com genre; it has much more to offer than the norm with its graceful screenplay and power-house performances and it deals with genuinely moving issues sensitively and with a great deal of warmth and humour. It was only released on DVD (I can't even imagine why) but it is definitely one of the best romantic comedies of recent times. With a touching message about finding yourself in a world that tries to tell you to be something different and a few huge laughs it is definitely worthy a rental..
Since the release of 'Clueless' in 1995, director Amy Heckerling has not had a single hit. In fairness to her however she has only directed two films since then; 'Loser' and 'I Could Never Be Your Woman'. 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' is a romantic comedy with a difference; the film stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Rosie and Paul Rudd as Adam, also present here however are a number of popular British actors from such popular TV series as 'Peep Show', 'Green Wing', and 'The League of Gentlemen' also. Stateside the film went direct-to-DVD; something that generally only happens when there's good reason for this, 'I Could Never be Your Woman' is however a really very good film and the relatively small success of this movie therefore completely belies the excellence of it.
Rosie is a separated single mother living in LA, her ex-husband is having a baby with a much younger woman, and Rosie has convinced herself that she's just too old now to have a love life. Her daughter is growing out of Barbie dolls, her job is on the line, and everything just seems to be going completely wrong for Rosie at current. Rosie works as a producer for a hit teenage TV show similar to that of 'Saved By The Bell', her boss wishes to replace it with a reality TV programme however and more and more programmes are now getting cut in favour of reality television. Rosie isn't having much luck with anything in her life at the moment, when new actor Adam comes for an audition for her show however she sees something in him that she really rather likes. Instantly there is an attraction between these two and there's definite chemistry as the two of them get closer and the film unfolds. It's not all smooth sailing from here; Rosie is up against it and now entering into a relationship with a significantly younger man in a society which is very accepting of older men dating younger women, but not so understanding of older women dating younger men.
In terms of plot progression; 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' is a film that has got the formula absolutely spot on. There's a powerful opening sequence and throughout the entirety of the film never does Amy Heckerling fail to keep you captivated. The film is fun, the script is extremely innocent, and despite its innocence this is not just a film for children to enjoy and nothing more. This is a film that will keep the whole family easily entertained, it's not your typical predictable romantic comedy bore and everything about the film is just absolutely excellent.
'I Could Never Be Your Woman' is a film that looks into the issue of growing up; something we can all relate to and it's approached in an extremely positive fashion too. Rosie's daughter Izzie played by Saoirse Ronan not only here is growing out of Barbie dolls, but also is starting to have an active interest in boys, and even here has her first period. Instead of shying around the subject, Izzie's mum Rosie is proud of her daughter; embraces the fact that the menstrual cycle has now started for her and really makes her feel proud that she is growing up and becoming a woman. Izzie is taken straight to the local supermarket and they start stocking up on all the required essentials, there's a great bond between Rosie and Izzie and these two really do play their mother/daughter roles well.
Michelle Pfeiffer is a terrific actress, very natural and really plays her part well here. She portrays very strongly her vulnerable side as a single mother, she's strong when she needs to be and always there for her daughter; she is very vulnerable however and does have a lot of worries mainly centred around the process of ageing. Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the main stars of the show, Paul Rudd does however put in a stunning performance as her younger partner. Paul Rudd's big screen début did actually come in Heckerling's own 'Clueless' film in 1995, never has he played any particular major role in his films since however and with 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' he has been given his big chance to shine. With his character Paul Rudd here has to be as eccentric and out there as Ben Stiller, reference to this is actually made within the film and of his role within Rosie's TV show it is actually said by Michelle Pfeiffer that he could well be the next Ben Stiller. Based upon his performance here, Paul Rudd really could be the next Ben Stiller and I'd absolutely love to see him cast in more films of this sort in the future. Many of the films laughs are provided by Paul Rudd and he really does pull the performance out the bag in thunderous fashion.
Whilst Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer are very much the central focus here, full credit must also go out to the supporting cast. Young actress Saoirse Ronan plays her part as Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter very well and always here her performance is absolutely flawless. This was only her third film but I'm sure that she has an extremely bright future ahead of her indeed. Graham Norton is great in his part as a camp American stylist, and although Peep Show's David Mitchell has relatively little input in the film; all his lines are excellent and he really fits well here. Not one person is in the least bit disappointing here, everyone is absolutely fantastic in their role and Amy Heckerling has obviously here masterminded her casting decisions to absolute perfection.
When the end of the film rolls around you're really left feeling extremely disappointed here; not because the film has been bad but instead it's been so good that you just never want for it to end. 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' is a film I could watch all day long without ever tiring of it; from start to finish the film is fantastically funny and not a single element fails to impress. The film has a great visual sheen, the performances are of a spellbinding standard, and the plot development is just absolutely perfect. The film is incredibly innocent and pure; every positive aspect of childhood has here been captured on film and never is 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' anything short of sensational.
If you've got a soft spot for romantic comedies then you should absolutely love this fantastic film from Amy Heckerling. 'Loser' was no great film, with 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' Heckerling has found her directorial flow again however and this really does provide for a fine 97 minutes of viewing entertainment. 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' is without doubt one of the most brilliant romantic comedies I've ever seen; I fail to find any fault whatsoever with the film, and instead of sticking rigidly to the same generic romantic comedy formula; Amy Heckerling has thought outside the box here and perhaps put to film her finest work to date. It's a great shame that this film was not as successful as it should have been; great films deserve great success, unfortunately this did not come for Amy Heckerling's 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' though and whilst I'm sure the film will sell well on DVD, it certainly would have been nice had the film been the blockbuster smash it so surely would have been.
Current Play.com price for the DVD is £9.99; well worth the investment if you ask me as this truly is an excellent film.
Director: Amy Heckerling
Runtime: 97 mins
BBFC Rating: 12