Burns himself plays Mickey, a cab-driver in the Big Apple, with Mike McGlone as his yuppie stockbroker brother, and Maxine Bahns as Hope, the girl Mickey falls for and impulsively marries, much to the romantic delight of Francis' neglected wife Renee (Aniston). Francis, meanwhile, is having a clandestine affair with Heather (Diaz), Mike's former girlfriend--something Mike has yet to learn. Dispensing flawed wisdom and generally muddying the waters yet further is the lads' blunt-spoken father (Mahoney).
Plotwise that's about it. Burns relies on his appealing cast and some amiably barbed repartee to hold our interest in what's essentially a dialogue-driven movie. He makes shrewd and sometimes unexpected use of his New York locations, too--it's a fair bet most people's mental image of Brooklyn wouldn't include a waterfront fishing community. This is a good-natured, slightly old-fashioned movie whose benevolent view of the battle of the sexes (where the women are invariably smarter than the men) never digs too deep or hits too hard.
On the DVD: She's the One is presented on disc in its original widescreen ratio (1.85:1) and Dolby 4.0 sound that does the movie fair justice. Along with the original trailer, we get a seven-minute "making-of" featurette and a music video of the title song "Walls" from Tom Petty, who composed the film's score. Burns provides an unpretentious voice-over commentary, dealing mainly with matters of casting and the problems of shooting on location. --Philip Kemp
Mickey Fitzpatrick is the elder of the brother but he’s become something of an underachiever and a drifter. He’s currently working as a taxi driver, a job that doesn’t impress he father and certainly doesn’t impress his younger brother Francis who is something a young whiz kid hot-shot on Wall Street.
One day Mickey picks up a fare, a young beautiful girl, who’s going to JFK and in an unlikely but wholly enjoyable turn of events ends up driving the fare New Orleans and then marrying her only days after meeting. This doesn’t impress Frances one bit and he accuses Mickey of being irresponsible. Frances’ problem with Mickey’s new found love might have something to do with the fact that he is currently going through a marriage crisis with his wife, Renee, and is currently cheating on her with a beautiful girl of dubious morals called Heather.
To further complicate matters Heather is actually an ex of Mickey’s and is someone he still holds something of a candle for. As Mickey finds that living with his new love in a pokey flat and being constantly broke isn’t so much fun as it once seemed, and Frances has to decide between the two women in his life the two brothers will need to sort their own issues out and the issues that exist between themselves. Can the blunt advice dished out periodically by their father provide any sort of solution, or is he having relationship problems of his own.
This is a completely dialogue orientated film and in the main the interaction between the characters works very well. The three surprise endings work very well and for me at least they were completely disguised. The performances are solid and the cast does contain some big names. Probably star performer is Cameron Diaz who simply out-acts her contemporaries.
The only area where I felt there was room for improvement was in the characterisation of the two brothers. Although the film goes to great length to point out their differences, at the end of the day they are exactly the same. They are both selfish, arrogant (ok, one more than the other) unable to accept any sort of responsibility, unable to move on in their lives etc etc. There was more than one point in the film where listening to one or other of them moaning and moaning about “how my wife doesn’t understand me” was tiresome.
Luckily there are some delightful scenes that more than makes up for this. The sequence of snippets when Francis must explain his heterosexuality is particularly enjoyable.
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