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Life Without Dick (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Colleen Gibson (Sarah Jessica Parker) really loves Dick (Johnny Knoxville). But when a fortune-teller (Academy Award(r) nominee Teri Garr) convinces Colleen that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she decides to put a stop to it. Unfortunately, the gun she uses to threaten him with accidentally goes off. Now, with a dead boyfriend on her hands, Colleen hooks up with Daniel (Harry Connick, Jr.) an assassin who can sing like a bird but can't seem to bring himself to kill anyone. When Colleen learns that Daniel has been assigned to wipe out Dick, and Daniel discovers Dick is dead in Colleen's basement, it's a match made in the Mafia in this brazenly wild and outrageously hilarious comedy!
Sarah Jessica Parker and Harry Connick Jr. star in this oddly sunny attempt at black comedy. (And yes, it stoops to Dick jokes.) Parker plays Colleen, a good girl with a bad boyfriend named Dick. This problem is solved when she kills him within the film's first few moments. The rest of the movie is filled with wackiness, some of which hits and some of which misses. The plot isn't a bad one, with bits of information cleverly revealed through flashbacks and at least one pretty good twist, and the terrific (and sadly underused) Teri Garr appears in a cameo that she could do standing on her head. Life Without Dick is best suited for Harry Connick Jr. fans, as he spends most of the movie being affably handsome, and the other characters repeatedly beg him to sing. This earnest little comedy probably won't ever find mass appeal, but its weirdness will doubtless find it a cult following somewhere. --Ali Davis
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Directed by Bix Skahill for Columbia Tristar pictures, this is a low-brow, romantic comedy starring Sara Jessica Parker and Harry Connick Jr. It runs aproximately 97 minutes on VHS.
The movie opens with Parker's character, Colleen, accidentally killing her boyfriend while attempting to scare him because she believed he was cheating on her. Unbeknownst to our heroine, her boyfriend was on a hit list of a local Irish Mafia kingpin, and the hitman is none other than Harry Connick Jr. Connick plays a would-be hitman who has a gift for singing and an inability to kill people. The plot then follows these two unlikely lovers as they find that Colleen actually is a better hitman than Connick.
Of course, in the end the bad guy gets caught, the odd couple really do fall in love, and life is grand.
Woven into all this unlikelyhood are ironic twists, dumb cops, and various parodies. Fairly typical for a movie of this type.
How would I rate this? I give it three stars, because you have to be a fan of the actors involved to even be interested in this movie. Not much intelligence is required to digest it, and it really is not that funny. It wanders, it meanders, it is hard to stay involved with, but then again, that's a Sara Jessica Parker trademark, isn't it? However, you gotta love Harry Connick Jr.'s voice.
My suggestion would be to rent a good Robin Williams movie instead.
In this movie, he plays a hit man who, unfortunately, can't bring himself to kill anyone. The role didn't suit him at all. All he really did was stand around and look pretty...and sing. Sarah Jessica Parker plays his love interest, a nice girl who accidentally kills her loser boyfriend. She's a little off balance throughout the movie, though. Like she's been handed this role and she doesn't know what to do with it. And Johnny Knoxville...he was in the first half hour and that was it. Why in the world is his name on the cover along with Parker and Connick, Jr.? He's a minor character at best.
But still, the movie wasn't a total loss. There are some hilarious scenes that save the movie and make up for everything else. Rent it if you plan on wasting an afternoon.
Sarah Jessica Parker does an excellent job at portraying herself, and Harry Connick Jr. seems a bit confused onscreen at times, I think wondering like myself why he ever let his agent talk him into this role.
Harry Connick Jr. lovers: go see Hope Floats or Copy Cat and save your money on this one.
Not the best black comedy I've seen, but not a bad "B" film either. Rent it for watching it on a Sunday afternoon if you got nothing better to do: you'll be sure to get a few laughs out of it.
Most recent customer reviews
Fantastic movie. Sarah Jessica Parker is hot and histerical and with the likes of our Jackass star and the cheesy Harry Connick Jr. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE! What a waste of a good Saturday. The only reason I saw it was because I am related to one of the actors with a minor role. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003
I laugh at almost anything. This movie was supposed to be a comedy? The characters were annoying and it seemed like a kindergartner wrote it. Simple. There was not much too it. Read morePublished on March 31 2003
Apparently my opinion of this movie seems to differ from that of the others who reviewed it.My thoery is they were not quite intelligent enough to understand it. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2002
Man, this was one slow movie. A lot of SJP's giggles and gam, but not enough substance. I bet that even Parker and Connick wouldn't watch this one. You shouldn't bother, either.Published on July 18 2002