Two Girls and a Guy [Blu-ray]
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Substitute "Gals" for "Girls" and you might mistake this for one of those romantic-comedy trifles they cranked out during World War II. Nothing could be further from the truth, though the film does have a lot to say about modern romance, and you'll laugh--while also gasping--frequently as the film unreels over a riveting hour and a half.
Two very different but equally smashing young women find themselves sharing the sidewalk outside a Soho apartment. Both blond Carla (Heather Graham, pre-Boogie Nights) and the dark-haired Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of Natalie Wood) are waiting for the same guy, an actor named Blake (Robert Downey Jr.), who--unbeknownst to either--has been sleeping with both of them for the past year. They break into Blake's pad and trade can-you-beat-that? anecdotes of his duplicity while waiting for him to show. Show he eventually does, and the mind games begin.
All three players are terrific, with Wagner enjoying a slight edge over indie veteran Graham because her character is fiercer and she's a new screen presence. But it's Downey who rules, partly because director James Toback wrote the script in direct response to seeing his old pal (Downey had starred in his 1987 movie The Pick-Up Artist) in a jail-house news feed after his first well-publicized arrest on drug charges. Actually, Downey's most amazing scene--a long soliloquy in front of a mirror--was largely improvised; it's a passage of monumental self-deception, self-revelation, and sheer genius. As exasperating as it is compelling, Two Girls and a Guy is one of the most provocative films of the '90s. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You've probably seen plot synopses (or will if you scroll down) and seen plenty of zero-star reviews. If you decide to see this movie, be prepared for a few scenes that really do look amateurish. They're beatuifully shot and all the production values are spot-on, but Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner just aren't those rare gifted actors who can walk in and give a perfect performance after a day or two of rehearsal. Robert Downey *is*, though.
In the scenes with Downey, Graham and Wagner seem to wake up a little bit and show enough assuredness to really hit their lines. All the dialog is interesting -- provocative or funny -- but some of the readings clunk, especially in the early going. But Downey improvises, sings, plays piano, and hits all kinds interesting emotional changes. His soliloquy from Hamlet is so good that you will understand perfectly well why Mel Gibson was willing to mount a production of Hamlet with him at the Taper Forum (L.A.) even though Downey couldn't get insured at the time. And Gibson took a bath on it when Downey got arrested, and all he said to the press was "you should have seen him in readings...good enough to break your heart." Or words to that effect. Man, that would have been a Hamlet to see.
This movie really does its job when it finally gets moving.Read more ›
Overall, an interesting - but somewhat uneven - movie. It's the kind of movie you enjoy watching once, but then will never watch again unless forced to at gunpoint. Huh? What? Word salad is good brain food. Lithium makes the voices go away. Sleep....
For the most part, the characters command attention, making the 90 minutes pass without dragging. This essentially comes off like a staged play, not a flaw in itself necessarily but the filmmaker invested energy in the concept and characters, not in actual filming techniques that might better define this as a cinematic art work apart from the drama. The setting is a stunning loft that holds attention as much as the characters; it adds conceptual commentary and allows for some interesting blocking-but a stage play could have replicated it and made similar use.
Robert Downey, Jr., gives a remarkable performance as the guy lost in his deceptions. Natasha Gregson Wagner completely owns her part and takes it to the core and back. The motivation of Heather Graham's character is not always clear though what her character does and says always propels quality changes in the action.
The bottom line: this is a high concept film, smart and creative, but it belongs more to the art house crowd and never breaks free from "Indie" conventions.
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This movie was stupid. It had a bad plot. It was very pointless. The only good thing about this movie was Robert Downey Jr's acting which was why I gave it 2 stars. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Robert evans
I'm glad we rented this movie instead of purchasing it. Basic flaw was the script - two women discovering they had the same boyfriend could have turned into something clever or... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by David L. Charlesworth
I do believe this is the most pointless movie ever made....i am a huge fan of Robert Downey Jr. and at some times in this horrible movie his quirkiness did shine through however,... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by R. Gwinn
Where did this movie go? What took place in the end? Well I sure as heck couldn't tell anyone. Robert Downey Jr. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by J. Best
Excellent movie, but this is not the typical Hollywood movie. No action. I can tell you a lot of good things about this movie, but the best thing is that you can see and confirm... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
I cannot believe I wasted 90 minutes of my time on this movie.
It was the worst movie I have ever seen. Do not waste your
money or time on this movie. Read more
Okay, the movie is kind of boring and Robert Downey Jr.'s character is really annoying and unlikable, but Natasha Gregson Wagner is adorable and sexy. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by Tara
I dug this movie! It reminded me of something I would have made myself, being a Film/Radio/TV student grad. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by jonnydeep
I first saw this movie on Bravo (not in its entirety unfortunately) and it was nothing short of engrossing. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by Nikita Khrushchev