HE SAID, SHE SAID
Review by Gordon Justesen
Stars: Kevin Bacon,
Elizabeth Perkins, Sharon Stone
Directors: Ken Kwapis, Marisa Silver
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Features: Theatrical Trailer, Commentary
Length: 115 Minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2001
“May I take your order?”
“I will start
“And for you, sir”
“Just a side order of sex
The forever clashing of the opposite sexes is perfectly
illustrated in He Said, She Said, which does something very unique with
its storytelling. Reflecting its title, the movie reflects on two stories on a
struggling relationship in just under two hours time, and both stories offer an
amusing opportunity to hear alternate sides of what went on from both the male
and female perspective. What makes it an even more intriguing is that film is
credited with two directors, who just happen to be a man and a woman. Ken Kwapis
and Marisa Silver, a real life couple, decided to create a film based in part on
how their relationship came together. Even more intriguing is that Kwapis is
credited with directing solely the man’s side of the story, while Silver is
credited with directing the female’s side.
The movie stars Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins as Dan
and Lorie, who start out as competitive reporters for the Baltimore Sun.
Conflicting on various issues, with Dan being an opened conservative and Laurie
a liberal, their latest feature becomes a major success. Following this
breakthrough, the two are asked to take their conflicting views to television.
Their new talk show, titled “He Said, She Said” is an instant success,
especially during one airing where Laurie attacks Dan by throwing a coffee cup
straight to the forehead. What ever caused this dispute to ever occur between
this two? Dan then explains the past events from his perspective to the show’s
director (Nathan Lane), and so begins his side of the story, which then leads
back to the incident on the talk show, and we are then lead into Laurie’s side
of the relationship.
Along the way, in both stories, we find out how these two
opposing views came to form a most unexpected romance. Dan, at the beginning, is
a womanizer, occasionally meeting up with the sultry Linda (Sharon Stone), for
one night stands. It’s through a night of dinner and dancing that Dan truly
senses Laurie as a the one for him. The two then have the usual ups and downs,
but not quite like their current scuffle, and like many romantic comedies, you
can pretty much tell how the movie will end.
Nonetheless, He Said, She Said is a welcome piece of likeable, light fare. The chemistry between Bacon and Perkins is believable and very much enjoyable, and it’s what makes the viewing of the movie all the more terrific. What really gives the movie its deserved credit is the two-points-of-view story structure, which is a kind most movies, let alone romantic comedies rarely ever get. That alone gives the movie a dose of originality.
Paramount delivers an all
around impressive look to this ten-year-old movie. The opening Paramount logo,
which was unusually grainy, caused me to have my doubts, but what followed was a
clean and rich presentation. Aside from a few instances of softness, which is
not that many to be truthful, the video transfer on the disc is a clear, sharp
view, very much in the Paramount tradition.
Featured is a trailer for
the movie, and a neatly informative commentary track by Ken Kwapis, Marisa
Silver, cinematographer Stephen H. Burum, and screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld.