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He Rents, She Rents: The Ultimate Film Guide to the Best Women's Films and Guy Movies Paperback – 1 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312198973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312198978
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,530,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

Why we know you'll love HE RENTS, SHE RENTS
RICHARD ROEPER: Ever walk into a video store and watch a man who has wandered into the Foreign section, where they have all those movies made by, um, foreigners? He'll squint at the artsy-fartsy black-and-white photos on the boxes, he'll go slack-jawed at the multisyllabic names of the unfamiliar stars--and when he realizes where he's at, he will dash out of there as quickly as if he'd found himself in the Pregnant Mom workout section.

LAURIE VIERA: Now watch a woman react when her date suggests they see the new Jean-Claude Van Damme flick together. She'll shudder at the thought of sitting in a theater where the testosterone level gets so high it just might leak into her Diet Coke. Wouldn't he rather cuddle up with her at home and rent "Sense and Sensibility"? After all, she's only seen it twice, and didn't he admit he hadn't had a chance to see it yet?

RICHARD ROEPER: Everybody knows that men and women have different tastes in movies. Amazingly, though, nobody has written a video rental guide based on this phenomenon--until now.

LAURIE VIERA: Gal Movie: "Little Women."

RICHARD ROEPER: Guy Movie: "The Deer Hunter."

LAURIE VIERA: You're doing it right now, aren't you, friendly reader? Mentally compiling your own list of Guy and/or Gal Movies?

RICHARD ROEPER: Leonard Maltin wishes he had come up with this idea! Then again, he probably wishes he was taller and funnier, too.

LAURIE VIERA: So here's your chance to read about some of the greatest Gal Movies of all time, like "84 Charing Cross Road" and "Pride and Prejudice" and "All About Eve" and "Green Card" and don't forget the wonderful "Auntie Mame."

RICHARD ROEPER: I've seen none of those movies. I bet they talk a lot in those movies. I bet nothing ever explodes in those movies. Now, if there was a movie called "Auntie Maim," and it was about some crazy old aunt with a butcher knife who slices her nieces and nephews to pieces, that I might watch! Now for you guys out there who are freaking out after reading about some of Laurie's favorite movies, don't you worry, this book also pays tribute to "Scarface" and "Caddyshack" and "Goodfellas" and "Red River" and "Goldfinger" and nearly fifty other classic Guy Movies.

LAURIE VIERA: Yeah, movies with Neanderthals like Arnold Schwarzenegger walking around killing everyone in sight, flexing their muscles while the special effects people do all the work, ooh that takes a lot of acting ability. Now, if you're looking for an action hero who can act, check out "Gloria" or "La Femme Nikita."

RICHARD ROEPER: Now don't be talking about my Arnold. He's one of the great actors of our generation, and it's only a matter of time before the Academy recognizes that and gives him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

LAURIE VIERA: That's pathetic. If you want to read about intelligent, finely crafted films that will resonate in your heart and mind long after the final credits have played, with a few guilty pleasures thrown in for good measure, then you must read my half of the book. If you want to read about movies where the men act with their muscles and the women are always taking their shirts off for no reason, read Richard's half of the book.

RICHARD ROEPER: Well, nudity is just one of the key factors. You've also got your car chases, your fistfights, your gun battles, your explosions, your male bonding, your memorable one-liners, your great drinking scenes, and yeah, your female nudity factor. The more of those elements I find in a film, the more likely I am to recommend it.

LAURIE VIERA: Silly me. When I'm watching a film I look for grand passions, scintillating dialogue, women who do more than just serve as window dressing, men who do more than just grunt in monosyllabic utterances, fabulous clothes...and yeah, a nicely formed, scantily clad male bod is always a welcome bonus.

RICHARD ROEPER: So you rate your films on each of those factors, and I'll rate mine for the really important things.

LAURIE VIERA: We do agree on one thing, however. You, dear reader, need to get this book from amazon.com.

RICHARD ROEPER: Amazon...hey, isn't that one of those babes who go topless during hunting season?

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We love this book - it is a humorous book not to be shelved within the confines of "video directories." Ever since Adam and Eve have the sexes disagreed over almost everything but one of the biggest issues men and women (at least the men I date never agree upon are films to watch -- but often times we are too afraid to say what we really think. This amazing book touches upon all of the thoughts and feelings men feel on womens films and vice-verse, however derivitive they may be, of the constant battle in the video store. Instead of saying "i disagree with you" you can now say "um, turn to Richard's comments. page 28..." It gets one's point accross and no one's feelings are as hurt.
Video didn't kill the radio star...it may have broken up a few marriages but kill? Never.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical -- absolutely cannot live without . 26 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We love this book - it is a humorous book not to be shelved within the confines of "video directories." Ever since Adam and Eve have the sexes disagreed over almost everything but one of the biggest issues men and women (at least the men I date never agree upon are films to watch -- but often times we are too afraid to say what we really think. This amazing book touches upon all of the thoughts and feelings men feel on womens films and vice-verse, however derivitive they may be, of the constant battle in the video store. Instead of saying "i disagree with you" you can now say "um, turn to Richard's comments. page 28..." It gets one's point accross and no one's feelings are as hurt.
Video didn't kill the radio star...it may have broken up a few marriages but kill? Never.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python Not A Guy Flick! 21 Aug. 2004
By Python Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book was otherwise enjoyable but Roeper's classification of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a guy flick was so dreadfully wrong that now I'm not sure his advice about any movie can be trusted. Roeper says that he has never met a female Pythonite in America. I have to wonder what sort of women he associates with. Either he or they don't get out enough. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a PARODY of a guy flick. This is an important distinction and one a competent movie reviewer should be able to make. It was fake blood, it was fake violence, it was in-your-dreams seductiveness. One of the knights didn't even have a proper horse. He had coconuts! That's funny! When guys do graphic sex, violence and blood and take it seriously it's a guy flick. Big difference.

The rest of the book had some interesting, informative and useful content but this misclassification of one of the all time great sidesplitters is just too egregious to be overlooked.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect guide for the married man 18 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Every once in a while I am allowed to go out and pick a movie at the nearest Blockbuster by myself - without running all contenders in the new release section by my wife. Usually it's evenings that require drives through rain and / or snowstorms, and the last thing you want to do is getting lost in aisle seven while dinner is waiting at home. Since I've resorted to bringing "He rents She rents" with me to the store, you can find me studying especially talented author Laurie Viera's femme fatale section that has managed to make innocent me an expert on forgotten gems like "Mildred Pierce" and "Mrs.Miniver" - leaving my devoted wife speechless on more than one occasion. I've also dabbled in the delightul Viera's hilarious "romantic recipe - sidebars" where she's sparring it out with co-author Richard Roeper. Since viewing "All About Eve" and "The Goodbye Girl" with tears in my eyes all in one evening, there's no limit to what I'm capable of in the future. Looking ahead, I've already renamed my very own assistant Eve Harrington.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money 26 Nov. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mr. Roeper has said that he "doesn't get" the fuss about Charlie Chaplin, and he gave a "thumbs up" to JACKASS: THE MOVIE.
Why anybody would pay good money to read a movie book he has written is beyond me.
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