I Could Never Be Your Woman

 (290)6.01 h 36 min2007X-RayPG-13
A mother falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Mother Nature messes with their fates.
Amy Heckerling
Michelle PfeifferPaul RuddSaoirse Ronan
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Tracey Ullman
Karinne BehrAlan LathamPhilippe Martinez
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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Big MommaReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Years later. Embarassing. To. Watch.
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I struggle to remember whatever Michelle Pfeiffer did that made her so popular. Then I remember. 'The Fabulous Baker Boys.' So sexy. So new. OK, so that is - one.
I struggle to remember whatever Amy Heckerling ever made that wasn't glitzy, shallow, PC, and Hollywood. 'Clueless.' OK, it was all of those, but it was clever. And that was - one.
I struggle to remember whatever Paul Rudd made that didn't give him a stage to be a sexy little pixie-ish cutie pie. OK. That is - zero.
I rarely find a movie that is hard to watch. After all these years, watching this? That's one - that is hard to watch. Yech.
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Baba GanushReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Your Averrage Rom-Com Fare With Pretty People
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Although this film was not "Oscar worthy", it was totally watchable. Because I'm a fanboy of Michele Pfeiffer(that white gold) and I think Paul Rudd is an amazing talent, I bit the bullet and watched it all the way to the end. The script seemed like it was written for two totally different actors but those two thespians pulled it off.

It was interesting to see Soarse Ronin's debut. She was a talented young actress doing the Reese Witherspoon. If you're in the mood for light fare and good acting, this would not be a bad choice. Give it a try. I think you'll like it.
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A. Z.Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some fun performances.... but
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I enjoyed Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer's performances, even jon Lovitz adds some fun. A little silly and overplayed for my taste. I think it would have worked much better as a teen rom com. Some of the overtop plot lines would have worked better for a younger audience. Paul and Michelle had a good chemistry that carried it for me. Some of it feels dated, and Heckerling uses the daughter as her muse to interject her personal opinions throughout which feels very out of place and distracting.
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Glama PussReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fluffy movie that actually made me...
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laugh quite a few times. Loved Tracey Ullmann was great as were Paul Rudd and ofc Pfeiffer. Love it when she as Rosie said to the wanna-be actor putting down many actresses that an actor "Sun Yi'd her out of the marriage''. Music was great. Figuring for a yr to make this movie, Michelle Pfeiffer was actually 48 in this.
She is so gorgeous still and I dont think she has any procedures besides a teenager nose job - didnt even look Botoxed (so dangerous, do yr research on that!) Fasting and dry fasting tho to stay thin and keep the skin firm, that I hope she is doing. Recommend for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Mr. SteveReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Her performance was great. The script was all over the place
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Michelle Pfeiffer saved this movie. Her performance was great. The script was all over the place. The concept older woman and younger man gets lost in a story that really goes no where special. The interaction between mother and daughter was solid. If it were not for Michelle in this movie I would not recommend it. The script was lackluster at best.
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A&RReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Did not work for us despite the fabulous Michelle Pfeiffer
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Turned this off after 5 minutes due to an opening scene with Jon Lovitz and Michelle Pfeiffer that did not seem to work well, so we can't say if it improves later. There's simply too much content these days to spend too much time on something that doesn't grab you instantly. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing for the movie industry or our attention spans, but it is what it is.
errin spellingReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
tracy ullman is mother nature
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what a cute story. tracy is mean , when michelle says she is younger, than she really is, to her boyfriend. he says he is older and she says she is younger. the little girl is really the adult , in this movie. she plays barbies with her mother, in an unusual way.the little girl plays a prank phone call on the FONZ.
Only-A-ChildReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2008
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Mixed Bag
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If not exactly a one-hit wonder, Amy Heckerling is certainly a mystery. After directing the highly successful "Fast Times at Ridgement High (1982) and writing/directing an excellent modern adaptation of Jane Austins's "Emma"- insert "Clueless" (1995) here - it appeared that she had a unique connection with both teenage viewers and those nostalgic about their teenage years.

Then she spectacularly crashed and burned with the appropriately named "Loser" (2000). That career breaker would be in the running for a "worst film of all time" designation, were it not for its modest scale. Nonetheless it exposed huge deficiencies in Heckerling's writing talents, acting for the camera directing skills, and basic judgment.

Six years and no films later she was finally able to cobble together another modest scale film "I Could Never Be Your Woman", which is much closer to "Loser" in concept and execution than to her successful films.

Heckerling is at heart an expressionistic movie-maker; a fine quality except that mainstream audiences, used to a steady diet of movie realism, sometimes just don't get it. Her two main successes were situations where the surreal stuff was an ironic undercurrent masked by a realistic facade. With "Loser" her elements went out of balance and she repeats this same mistake in the main storyline here; a blend of the Hollywood insider story Altman did so well in "The Player" and the standard Lifetime Channel exploration of female angst, aging, and discontent.

Fortunately there is parallel storyline involving the main character's middle school daughter, which allows Heckerling to get back to what she does best. And even more fortunate is the casting of newcomer Saoirse Ronan in this role. Ronan has since broken out with her Oscar nominated performance in "Atonement" (2007). "I Could Never Be You Woman" was her first feature film, which she easily steals. So much so that you are tempted to fast- forward through the scenes in which she is not present. Heckerling should have recognized what she had here and initiated major script revisions to amp up Ronan's screen time; especially more scenes of her playing off Paul Rudd (her mother's boyfriend) and Jon Lovitz (her father). Even so this will be become a minor cult classic on the strength of this one performance.

Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd (who played Cher's stepbrother in "Clueless") play the film's May-December romantic couple. Their chemistry is not bad and the romance is mostly played for its comic qualities. This stuff is good enough to keep and certainly not one of the film's fatal weaknesses. These can be found in some ill-conceived expressionistic elements: Tracey Ullman as an extremely boring Mother Nature, Fred Willard as an unfunny version of his Ron Albertson "Waiting for Guffman" (1996) character, and Sarah Alexander as a kind of concentration of all the irritating qualities of Jenny McCarthy. The one expressionistic element that does work is the "Head of the Class" style television show that Pfeiffer's character is producing; complete with tacky production design and middle age actors playing high school students.

The film might just be the highest-profile motion picture ever to take the direct-to-DVD route, due to bad financial practices rather than the marketability of the final product. Then again when you try to figure out the film's target audience you realize that it is even narrower than the standard "chick flick", and unlike Heckerling's hit films there is nothing here of interest to the teen demographic.

Rosie (Pfeiffer) is a middle age TV writer/producer whose once popular TV series needs a talent transfusion, and whose main occupation seems to be staying young. Adam (Rudd), a 28 year-old actor, is added to the cast and it is quickly apparent that he and Rosie are soul mates despite the age differential. Middle school daughter Izzie (Ronan) has a crush on a boy at her school and Rosie must adjust to her daughter growing up. As someone observed earlier, Izzie is a little like what "Juno" might have been four years before her pregnancy. Ronan's two songs (including a parody of Britney's "Oops" with altered lyrics) are the film's comedic highlights.

The DVD package is pretty basic; a few deleted scenes, the unused theatrical trailer, and an extremely lame commentary.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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