Someone Like You

January 28, 2012 8 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Jane Goodale (Ashley Judd) has had a lot of bad luck in relationships, but it looks like her luck is about to change, at least she hopes so. She works as a talent scout for a talk show and thinks she has met the man of her dreams in Ray (Greg Kinnear), who seems to have it all. He is open about his feelings and unafraid of commitment, plus Jane is madly in love with him to boot. After about six weeks of dating, it seems like the two will be getting an apartment together, but soon enough, Jane ends up dumped…again. But this time she has had enough, so she begins extensive research into males, not just humans either, but the males of the animal kingdom as well. As she compiles endless data and theories, she starts to believe them and when she informs her friend (Marisa Tomei) who works at a magazine, she ends up with an uncredited column. It is in this column she lays out her ideas and to come up with new ones, she observes her roommate and coworker Eddie (Hugh Jackman). But has Jane went to far in buying into these theories and such, or is she truly doomed to remain single forever?

I’m not much on romantic comedies, but Someone Like You looked decent enough, mainly due to the presence of Ashley Judd. I knew I’d go see this one just for her, but with Hugh Jackman and Greg Kinnear also involved, my expectations rose a little more. As you would assume, this is a light, very predictable picture, but genre fans should be pleased. I found it to be more tolerable than most in the genre, but it lacked the spark I expected, given the talented cast involved. But Judd and Jackman seem in fine form, at least as far as their solo moments go, but the chemistry seems to be lacking here, which is a let down. You need the romance sparks in a romantic comedy and Someone Like You tries, but never gets off the ground in the regard. In the end however, this proves to be a decent way to spend some time, as it is harmless and quite funny, sometimes even hilarious. It tries to be overly complex at times, but rest assured, you’ll see it all happen before the characters do, as usual. I recommend this as a rental, but fans will want to splurge and purchase, as Fox has issued a fine disc, with all the trimmings.

As I mentioned above, I was hooked by Someone Like You thanks to Ashley Judd, who I never tire of seeing in action. It is cool to see Judd in a more normal kind of role, as opposed to overly done up type, as she is just as attractive here, without tons of makeup and designer clothes. The scene with her in her t-shirt and cotton panties alone is enough to warrant a rental, if you ask me. But even if you look beyond her looks, Judd is a talented performer and seems to have a good handle on her roles, including this one. It may be a rather thin character within a fluff piece, but Judd is still able to work some magic, to be sure. You can also see Judd in such films as A Time to Kill, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Simon Birch, and Where the Heart Is. The cast also includes Hugh Jackman (Swordfish, X-Men), Greg Kinnear (Nurse Betty, You’ve Got Mail), and Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, What Women Want).

Video: How does it look?

Someone Like You is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. As we’ve come to expect from Fox, the image here is crisp as can be and looks terrific, very good work all around. The print used is as clean as you’d expect from a recent flick, while colors look vibrant and warm, but never overly so, always in proper balance. The contrast remains stark and on the mark also, so detail is high and shadow depth is right on. In the end, I have very little to complain about and I think fans will be pleased here, without a doubt. Perhaps not up to the high standards of Fox’s elite releases, but this is still a masterful visual presentation, I think.

Audio: How does it sound?

As this is a romantic comedy, it stays within the usual audio range of one, which means the results are good, but not too impressive. The music is often the only power in this Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation, which is pretty much based in the front channels. But this movie simply doesn’t demand much else and when it does, the included track steps up to deliver, which is about all you can ask, I think. The dialogue is the main issue here and it sounds good, so no real complaints. This disc also includes 2.0 surround tracks in English and French, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish, should you need those options.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I am glad to see some nice bonus features here, as romantic comedies usually get stiffed, in terms of supplements. An audio commentary with director Tony Goldwyn starts us off and while he praises the cast too much, he also offers some good information. He talks about on set chemistry, his thoughts on the material, and various other topics, in between saying how great it was to work with so and so, of course. In addition to an alternate ending, you can also view seven other deleted scenes, complete with optional comments from Goldwyn. I do love deleted scenes and as such, I had fun browsing through these, especially thanks to some insightful words from Goldwyn, very cool inclusions. This disc also includes a brief behind the scenes featurette, five television spots, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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