Director: Tony Goldwyn
Writer: Elizabeth Chandler, Laura Zigman (novel)
Cast: Ashley Judd (Jane Goodale), Greg Kinenar (Ray Brown), Hugh Jackman (Eddie Alden), Marissa Tomei (Liz), Ellen Barkin (Diane Roberts), Catherine Dent (Alice), Peter Friedman (Stephen)
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Released: March 30, 2001 (USA)
Running time: 97 minutes
MPAA: PG-13 — sexual content including dialogue, some language
Jane Goodale has everything going for her. She’s a producer of a popular daytime talk show, and is in a hot romance with the show’s dashing executive producer Ray. When Ray unexpectedly dumps her, she begins an extensive study of male behavior to try to find out what makes men tick. Her “research” leads her to become an overnight sensation/guru for single women everywhere. When Jane begins to use her womanizing roommate and co-worker Eddie as fodder for her research, she finds both humor and answers where they were least expected.
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• The makeup artist trying to put powder on Jane’s (Ashley Judd) face right before she goes on Diane’s show is played by Naomi Judd, Ashley Judd’s mother.
• This is the first movie where all three Judd women participated at the same time: the lead role Ashley Judd, the make-up artist Naomi Judd, and first end credit song Wynonna Judd.
• The voice-over on the nature show Jane watches on TV in her old apartment is performed by the director, Tony Goldwyn.
• Director Tony Goldwyn objected to the change from the title from the book (Animal Husbandry), but gave into the new title after some persuasion from the marketing department.
• Eddie Alden’s phone number, 555-0134, is the same as Teddy’s number in Memento, Marla Singer’s in Fight Club, the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harriet the Spy, and a Mental institution in an episode of “Millennium.”
• Early in the movie when Jane and Ray are shopping for a condo, they fall in love with a high rise and the real estate agent says, “You can see right down to the World Trade Center” as Jane and Ray go out on the balcony with the Twin Towers prominently visible behind them. The DVD for this movie was released September 18, 2001, exactly one week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which gives it the distinction of being the first DVD released after 9/11 to be instantly outdated by the tragedy.
Eddie: Never underestimate casual sex, Jane. It can be very liberating.
Jane: What are you thinking?
Eddie: I’m thinking the same thing you are, Jane. You and Ray are gonna live happily ever after with matching volvos and chocolate labs. See you Monday.
Jane: Did you have any friends growing up?
Eddie: You better hurry. I think he’s waiting around the corner.
Jane: Man, She really did a number on you didn’t she? Well, don’t shit on my broken heart just because you converted to some warped brand of romantic atheism!
Eddie: It’s called self-preservation.
Jane: Oh, in other words, your narcotize yourself with casual sex.
Jane: There are few things sadder in this life than watching someone walk away after they’ve left you, watching the distance between your bodies expand until there’s nothing… but empty space and silence.
Ray: What’s that they say about the love of a good woman?
Jane: [narrating] That once offered, it’s guaranteed to come back and bite her in the ass.
Jane: Do you promise not to laugh?
Eddie: It’s over. Why can’t you just let it go?
Jane: I can’t.
Jane: Because I was happy. Because if this theory is wrong, men don’t leave all women, Eddie. They leave me.
Eddie: I know it hurts. I know. It’s so hard to believe that something that wonderful can ever happen to us again, but it can.
[Eddie shows Jane his apartment]
Jane: Do we have to share a bathroom?
Eddie: Oh no, I never ever use the bathroom.
Liz: Wow, there’s the cynical bitch we know and love.
[Eddie smokes a cigarette]
Staff Member: Excuse me, this is a smoke free building.
Eddie: Blow me.
Jane: You know, that’s why God invented turtlenecks.
Eddie: No, that’s why God invented Darlene.
Jane: I mean, c’mon! I was comparing men to animals!… Which, let’s face it, sometimes they are. But sometimes, they are not. Sometimes, you open the barn door, or the bedroom door, or the hospital room door, and you find the real thing. You find a guy that can sit with you when you’re at your absolute worst, when your face looks like a punching bag and you’re elbow deep in Kleenex, and he can still look at you, and tell you that Ray is not the last man you’re ever going to love.
Eddie: [handing earrings to Nina] Nina, you left these in my bathroom.
Jane: You don’t waste any time, do you?
Jane: This is key to understanding the myth of male shyness. For while you think he is flattering you, he is actually flattering himself. Showing how open and honest and sensitive he is.
Liz: Why feed me all that romantic bullshit if he’s just gonna cheat on me?
Jane: Two words: Copulatory Imperative.
Liz: Excuse me?
Jane: The biological urge to spread their seed. The truth is only 15% of all male animals are monogamous. The rest are…
Liz: Plucking Penelope Pope.
Jane: Of all the things you said to me that night, the thing that scared me the most was that I would find it again. Because I have. [beat] Will you say something?
[he walks over and kisses her]
Jane: So you’re saying?
Eddie: What’ve we got to lose?
Jane: Remember last week when we were laughing at that graffiti on the subway?
Liz: “Baby, I loves the toilet you sit on”?
Liz: [referring to Ray’s girlfriend] If he mentions her, just smile politely and change the subject.
Liz: Because if you bring her up, he’s gonna feel pushed and resentful. This way it’s like, no pressure. I’m happy. I’m healthy, getting sex other places.
Liz: Lizzie, where do you get this stuff?
Jane: snagmen.com, it’s very informative.
Street Vendor: Are you going to buy anything or not?
Liz: Shush, shush, I’m concentrating.
Street Vendor: Ok.
Liz: There’s the cynical bitch I know and love.
Jane: Morning Eddie! What’s that on your neck?
Eddie: I bit myself shaving.
Jane: What’s going on?
Stephen, Alice’s Husband: [holding a hypodermic needle over an orange] Dr. Lipshick started your sister on injections?
Jane: Of orange juice?
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