===Story=== Despite its foregone conclusion, ''Someone Like You'' is an agreeable romantic comedy about how people construct elaborate defenses to cope with emotional anguish. Based on Laura Zigman's novel ''Animal Husbandry'', the movie is purely formulaic, with a heroine's best friend (played here by Marisa Tomei) and other supporting roles that come straight from central casting. Even the lovelorn heroine is standard-issue for the genre, but as emotionally devastated talk-show booker Jane Goodale, Ashley Judd brings intelligent charm to a role that could have been maudlin and pathetic. For a while, Jane ''is'' pathetic: after being dumped by her seemingly devoted boyfriend Ray (Greg Kinnear), she turns heartbreak into a hobby, creating self-assuring theories about male behavior based on the mating habits of cows. She comforts herself with the certainty that all men are scum, when really she just can't accept rejection. Cast adrift, Jane accepts a roommate offer from her womanizing colleague Eddie (''X-Men'''s Hugh Jackman), who's been nursing his own heartbreak with lots of casual sex. You can see where this is going, and actor-director Tony Goldwyn (following his underrated drama ''Walk on the Moon'') doesn't offer any surprises. But Goldwyn is alert to the comedy of human foibles, and the movie peaks when Jane's defenses are down and Judd's appeal shines at full intensity. At her best, Judd makes an average script better than it has a right to be, and while Kinnear perfects his smarmy routine, Jackman matches them both with star-making sincerity. ''Someone Like You'' won't win any awards for originality, but it's universal in its comedic sympathy for the brokenhearted. ''--Jeff Shannon'' ===DVD Features=== *Color *Closed-captioned *Widescreen


Ashley JuddJane Goodale
Greg KinnearRay Brown
Hugh JackmanEddie Alden
Marisa TomeiLiz
Ellen BarkinDiane Roberts
Catherine DentAlice
Peter FriedmanStephen
Laura ReganEvelyn
Colleen CampRealtor
Julie KavnerFurry Animal
Mireille EnosYoga Instructor #1

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Tony Goldwyn
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 97 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 30, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 14, 2003
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