How To Make Love To A Woman (2010)

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When Andy hears his girlfriend Lauren sigh after sex, he panics. After getting fruitless help from friends, porn stars and tantric experts, he finally realizes that in order to give Lauren the "O" word, he first needs to say the "L" word. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: July 6, 2010
I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies, let's just throw that out there right now. It's not that I specifically dislike them, it's just that if I were looking for a disc to throw in my player, I'd probably pick something from just about any other genre before choosing one of these films. In my eyes, they're sort of like the ramen noodles of the movie world; sure, I'd rather have a steak, or some seafood, or a burger, or a sub, or just about anything else... but if it came down to it and times were tough, yeah, I'd settle for a bowl of those noodles. With that said, there was something intriguing about How to Make Love to a Woman, so I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. How did it fare? Let's see...

As for the storyline, it centers around Lauren (Krysten Ritter) and Andy (Josh Meyers), a twenty-something couple who are both thinking about taking their relationship to the next level. They love spending time with one another, they throw down in bed on a nightly basis, and both of them even believe that the other could be "the one." The problem arises when they're having sex one night and Lauren tells Andy that she loves him, a little line that Andy doesn't hear in the heat of the moment. He does not reply since he didn't hear it, and thus, when the sex is over, Lauren flops over on her side, lets out a sigh, and falls asleep.

The next day, Andy goes on to relay the story to his best friend Layne (Eugene Byrd), and naturally, he leaves out the bit about not hearing Lauren tell him that she loves him. Layne is convinced that the problem lays in Andy's lack of sexual prowess, so the two set out to find a way to fix his little problem. Wacky hijinks ensue, and meanwhile, the couple is slowly drifting apart due to Andy's communication problems (here's a hint: he misses that little line more than once). Will the two ever set everything else aside and just listen to one another so that they can save their relationship? Will Andy learn the Buddhist secrets of staying hard for days on end? Or, will Lauren fall into the arms of old flame Daniel (Ian Somerhalder)?

I did enjoy the film, I'll go ahead and make that clear right now. It hasn't changed my mind on the genre, but taken for what it was, I did enjoy it. However, I will put a little disclaimer on that and say that it really brings nothing new to the genre as it sticks to the standard romantic comedy formula throughout the running time: there's a happy couple, there's a problem, there's laughs, there's a danger of the two splitting up, there's more laughs, they work out their issues, roll the happy ending. Watch any two films from the genre and you'll know exactly where this film is going long before it ever gets there. Granted, these movies stick to that formula because it works rather well, but I'm just saying that a curveball here and there may have been nice.

Again, I didn't dislike the movie, and that last paragraph wasn't intended to downplay my overall enjoyment. Fans of these types of movies will certainly find a lot to love here, and the entire affair feels very professional. It's shot well, the audio levels are perfect, and yes, there are even a good number of cameo appearances to be found - watch for Jenna Jameson as herself and more indie bands than you can shake a stick at. Speaking of indie bands, the soundtrack for the film would certainly appeal to those of you who enjoy that kind of music. I personally don't, but there is a nice lineup of well-known bands here and the songs actually fit rather well in the movie: they're there, you'll enjoy hearing them if you like the bands, but they never overtake a scene as they do in countless other films. Thumbs up from me in that regard.

I wouldn't go so far as to call the quality of the cast award-worthy, but there was nobody to complain about either. Josh Meyers and Krysten Ritter have a nice chemistry together, and though I wouldn't rank their on-screen relationship as one of the all-time greats, I've certainly seen far worse in my time. Individually, they both deliver fine performances aside from a few shaky scenes here and there, while Eugene Byrd plays the token "best buddy" character as well as one could ask for. Should any of them be nominated for actor / actress of the year awards? Not quite, but they do keep you invested in their characters.

Overall, I'm giving How to Make Love to a Woman a thumbs up, but that thumbs up only goes for fans of romantic comedies. If you dislike the genre as a rule, this film will not change your mind, but if you do like breaking one of these movies out for a night in front of the tube with your loved one, you could certainly do a lot worse. Knocking a few points off for the formulaic plot and adding a few back for some witty writing, and I believe that the movie deserves about a 7/10.
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