"So ludicrous and fake that it's almost fun. Almost."
Robert Downey Jr. loves himself. Alot. His egotism is really the only thing that shines through in this throwaway "relationship drama" (in the vein of Kevin Smith, where relationships are dependent entirely on sex) about a heel who decides to take on two women at one time.The women get wise, however, and we watch for an hour and a half as he tries to lie his way out of his comeuppance. As if the character of Blake, as played by Downey, wasn't nauseating enough, there's the carboard premise that the movie tosses lazily in our general direction: two hot chicks are gonna wait around in this dickhead's apartment waiting for him to...to what? He's already been caught and exposed as a two timing bastard--what more can they possibly want from this man?
Maybe they want to help him. That seems to be the case for Carla (Heather Grahm), anyways. Initially smart and funny, she turns out to be just as selfish and misguided as Blake himself. As for the motives of Lou (Natasha Gregson Warner)? She's looking for a three way relationship, and seems to be in a perfect position to get one started.
All the characters are insecure and unlikeable, and that creates something of a problem since they don't develop over the course of the movie. Their desires are laid bare, and there are a few surprises, but the twists aren't realistic and the characters fail to take a turn for the better when they should.
Chalk it up to the shameless migoyny of writer/director James Toback (the man responsible for the ludicrous script of Warren Beatty's "Bugsy"...if you liked the scene in which Annette Benning was overcome by passion for Beatty after hearing him degrade a man by making him BARK LIKE A DOG (?!?), this movie is for you). Toback creates an alternate universe where the women are all ready for some good lesbian fun and even the slimiest of scumbags are irresistable if they have a few well rehearsed lines ready at the drop of a pair of panties.
The characters sit around talking about Blake's problem with fidelity and sex in general, and while some of the topics are interesting, no new ground is broken due to the banal dialogue and lack of rhythm. I've never seen a movie with so much talking and so few honest points--the characters speak in great meandering circles, coming back to the same topics again and again and getting nowhere.Wasting a good idea and a great performance by Robert Downey Jr., "Two Girls and a Guy" proves just as witless as its stupid fucking title.