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"I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE"
(2007) (Chris Rock, Kerry Washington) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Minor Extreme Minor Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None Minor Heavy Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Heavy Heavy Heavy Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A married investment banker in a sexless marriage succumbs to the advances of a sultry female friend from his past.
PLOT:
Richard Cooper (CHRIS ROCK) is a married investment banker who works alongside George (STEVE BUSCEMI) and others for Mr. Landis (EDWARD HERMANN) in the Manhattan firm of Pupkin and Langford. Richard is good at what he does, has a beautiful wife in Brenda (GINA TORRES), and two cute children. Yet he's bored out of his mind.

That, coupled with Brenda not wanting to have sex with him, leaves Richard with a perpetual case of the wandering eye. While he doesn't act on anything, a new form of temptation arrives in the form of Nikki Tru (KERRY WASHINGTON), the ex-girlfriend to a friend of his from years ago.

She's new to town and says she needs a job reference, but it's obvious she's looking for more than just that. Reminding him of their prior partying ways and sensing trouble in his marriage, Nikki repeatedly calls and visits him at the office, drawing more than a few raised eyebrows, particularly when his work starts to suffer.

With Nikki coming off as a free and sexy spirit compared to his domesticated and practical wife, Richard finds himself tempted by her come-ons and must decide what, if anything, to do about that.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Rock or anyone else in the cast, they might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For pervasive language and some sexual content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • CHRIS ROCK plays a married investment banker who, due to boredom and a sexless marriage, views women as sex objects and falls under Nikki's spell. He lies to most everyone about his time spent with her, nearly has sex with her, and uses strong profanity.
  • KERRY WASHINGTON plays a sexy woman from Richard's past (a friend's former girlfriend) who overtly comes on to him with the cover of just being his friend. She uses strong profanity, smokes, and desires to be a home wrecker regarding Richard and Brenda's marriage.
  • GINA TORRES plays Richard's wife and mother to their children, a teacher who for reasons never fully explored, doesn't want to have sex with him. She becomes suspicious of his actions, and uses strong profanity in response to her discoveries and notions about what he's doing.
  • STEVE BUSCEMI plays Richard's married coworker who carries on various affairs and flip-flops in regards to the advice he gives him about his potential affair. He uses strong profanity.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 65 "f" words, while other expletives and many colorful phrases are also uttered. All sorts of sexually explicit dialogue and some song lyrics are present, while a single woman repeatedly comes on to a married man while wearing all sorts of revealing attire (much cleavage is seen).

    Those two nearly have sex (he goes so far as to remove her panties - no nudity), but he calls it off, while a woman is seen fully nude from behind in a photo, and a man's erection is seen in his pants due to the long-lasting effects of some Viagra he's taken.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including those having or contemplating affairs. Such straying leads to tense family moments between a husband and wife who were already in therapy due to having a sexless marriage.

    Some behavior, such as ogling women or Chris Rock's joking comments, may be enticing for some kids to imitate. A woman smokes a great deal while other smoking occurs, as does some drinking. A man beats up another man and reportedly shoots some cops off camera.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Richard and another man comment about music disappearing from stores and that rap will soon only be available in liquor stores. The man then jokes about asking for a pint of Jack and Ja Rule.
  • People have drinks in a club, including Richard. We later see him dancing with two women while holding a bottle of champagne, while one of those women is then seen holding the same. At the same time, Brenda is back home, upset with Richard having left, and she drinks wine.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see blood go into a syringe when a medical procedure is performed (aspirating blood from an erect penis -- not seen).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Upset about a sexless marriage, Richard looks at many other women as sex objects.
  • About only having children with his wife, Richard sarcastically tells Nikki "it's very white of me."
  • Nikki repeatedly flirts with and comes on to Richard despite knowing he's married with young kids.
  • About the panties Brenda's buying, Richard jokes that they're the Latifah line (meaning big).
  • About his taste in music, Nikki says that Richard has "old ass nigger ears." He later says that to Brenda about her music.
  • George cheats on his unseen wife by having past and present affairs.
  • Richard doesn't refuse Nikki's obvious advances toward him, and then lies to most everyone (including Brenda and his boss) about his actions and involvement with her. He also misses important meetings at work, and fakes a fight with his wife so that he can meet Nikki at a club.
  • Seeing her with Richard, Nikki's ex-boyfriend (Teddy) suspiciously asks, "You f*cking him now?" He then punches Richard and repeatedly kicks him on the floor. Two cops arrive and grab Teddy, beating him with their nightsticks (not seen in full). Richard and Nikki then flee the scene, but hear gunshots (we later hear Teddy shot the two cops).
  • When Richard returns home (after being at a club waiting for Nikki, but then dancing and drinking with two women), Brenda confronts him and asks, "Are you f*cking somebody?" That prompts him to lie to her again.
  • After a bad episode with Viagra, Richard complains about women at a train station, stating one's a "slut" and another a "f*cking skank," but doesn't mind when another woman walks by in just a small bikini.
  • Richard and Nikki nearly have sex, meaning he was going to cheat on Brenda, and Nikki was going to cheat on her new fiancÚ.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Seeing her with Richard, Nikki's ex-boyfriend (Teddy) suspiciously asks, "You f*cking him now?" He then punches Richard and repeatedly kicks him on the floor. Two cops arrive and grab Teddy, beating him with their nightsticks (not seen in full). Richard and Nikki then flee the scene, but hear gunshots (we later hear Teddy shot the two cops). This is played somewhat for comedy and will only be unsettling for those sensitive to such material.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None are seen, but two cops arrive and grab Teddy, beating him with their nightsticks (not seen in full). Richard and Nikki then flee the scene, but hear gunshots (we later hear Teddy shot the two cops).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "I'm bored out of my f*cking mind," "F*ck the crackers," "F*ck the bitches," "Get the f*ck out of here," "It's none of your f*cking business," "She's f*cking you, you just don't know it," "I don't give a f*ck," "You must be out of your f*cking mind," "Where the f*ck are you?" "Who the f*ck are you?" "F*ck this," "F*ck sorry," "Leave me the f*ck alone," "I don't look like Brad Pitt, but I can f*ck like him," "F*cking skank," "Don't spray that sh*t on me," "You used to love this sh*t," "I don't need this sh*t," "I'm not getting in your sh*t," "Get your sh*t and let's get out of here," "That's the dumbest sh*t in the world," "Bullsh*t," "Bite your ass" (sexual), "A p*ssy appointment," "I can't wait to suck your d*ck," "Whore," "Slut," "Tag and ass" (what Richard says are the only two things that should be seen with panties), "Nigger" (said by black people), "Ball" (testicle), "It's very white of me" (what Richard says of fathering children only with his wife), "Bitch," "Grown-ass man," "Old ass nigger ears," "What the hell /is wrong with you/is wrong with me?" "Pissed," "I'm losing my finger-lickin' mind," "My ass," "I'm the old bitch of the club" and "Tiny ass."
  • Some kids may want to repeat Richard's jokes and/or observations.
  • Richard ogles various women as sex objects.
  • Nikki and Richard drop one-dollar bills from his office window to see how people on the sidewalk below will react.
  • Nikki wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • We see some miscellaneous graffiti.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A tiny bit of suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A courier sings along to some unheard music on his headset, including the lines "F*ck the crackers. F*ck the bitches" and the word "Nigger."
  • A song repeats the lyrics, "I wanna go get inside of you." We later hear the song with the now altered lyrics that go, "I won't go get inside of you" (after Richard decides not to have sex with Nikki).
  • A song had lyrics that we couldn't fully hear and/or understand, thus presenting the possibility of it containing objectionable material.
  • A song includes several uses of "ass."
  • A song includes the word "nigger."
  • A song has the possibly suggestive lyric of "The look of love, is in your eyes."
  • Richard and Nikki's conversation turns into a singing bit, where she sings, "How come we don't f*ck anymore?" He sings that they should be making love, with both then singing "all night long."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 65 "f" words (22 used sexually, 6 used with "mother"), 25 "s" words, 1 slang term each using male and female genitals ("d*ck" and "p*ssy"), 2 for breasts ("t*ts" and "big ass village beaters"), 12 asses (1 used with "hole"), 3 hells, 2 damns, 1 crap, 3 uses of "G-damn" and 1 use of "Oh my God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Brenda shows a little cleavage.
  • About their marriage (in a therapy session), Richard says things would be okay if they actually had sex. We then see a brief montage of him coming on to Brenda in bed, including putting his hand on her clothed breast, but she's never in the mood. Brenda says she's too tired to wear sexy panties, while Richard says the only thing a person should see with panties is "tag and ass." Richard then complains that the only time Brenda wants to have sex is to make babies, while she reverses that for him, which he then says makes no sense. Later, Richard questions how a wife could not have sex and then send someone like him out into the world with beautiful women. He then comments on various women he watches, including one who he says is "like a painting I'd like to mount."
  • There's additional talk of Richard and Brenda not having sex.
  • Richard says that the most dangerous time in a relationship is when a couple doesn't have sex.
  • Nikki shows varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a lot) in various outfits through the film. Other miscellaneous women do the same.
  • Nikki wears a rather sexy looking, short dress while flirting with Richard.
  • We see a quick montage of Richard's fantasy about propositioning various women for sex. He asks one (who wears a low-cut top where we can see the shape of her nipples under the material) if she does and she says yes. He comments about biting the "ass" of another (and she agrees), and then about having a "p*ssy appointment" with another. But reality then seeps into his fantasy and he's turned down by a woman, but a man there says (to Richard), "I'll f*ck you."
  • We see a view of Nikki lying down on the bed, talking on the phone, in a top and her panties (her face is closest to the camera).
  • The camera goes up Nikki's leg to her skirt-covered crotch (representing Richard's point of view).
  • Nikki asks Richard, "Do you and your black wife still f*ck?" and the "f" word is used sexually again.
  • We see Richard and Brenda in a lingerie store, where he holds a sexy pair of panties he wants her to buy, while she's getting some sensible ones. Nikki then walks up, holding some small and sexy ones she's buying.
  • We see a remembered or imagined bit about how Brenda viewed Richard before their marriage, where she says, "I can't wait to suck your d*ck" and then something nonsexual after they were married.
  • When Nikki asks for one-dollar bills, Richard jokes that he'll have to break into his stripper stash.
  • About going out with others, Richard complains that before they were married, they talked about sex, politics, and art, but don't do that now.
  • Richard stares at some cleavage, and slang terms are used for breasts, such as "t*ts" and "big ass village beaters."
  • Nikki complains to Richard in an elevator (in front of strangers) about "f*cking" and falling asleep, saying it's okay if she does that or both do during sex, but not when the man does (using the "f" word sexually many times).
  • A song repeats the lyrics, "I wanna go get inside of you."
  • About Nikki, Richard tells George, "I'm not f*cking her." George replies, "She's f*cking you, you just don't know it." Richard then reminds George that he (George) was "f*cking" some other woman, despite being married.
  • Talking to Nikki, Richard says, "It's not like we're f*cking." She replies they aren't, and he repeats that (using the "f" word sexually), but says there's all the guilt "of f*cking you."
  • About looking at mini-vans at an auto show, Richard complains that it's like going to a strip club and looking at the deejay.
  • We see Nikki in her bra as she changes clothes, but the top she puts on is open in the front, thus showing her bra and cleavage (in front of Richard).
  • Nikki suddenly and passionately kisses Richard in a cab, and he returns that for a moment, but then stops them.
  • Seeing her with Richard, Nikki's ex-boyfriend (Teddy) suspiciously asks, "You f*cking him now?"
  • Richard looks at a CD cover that sports a photo of a scantly clad woman (seen from a distance).
  • About Richard and his wife, Nikki says, "You don't talk, you don't f*ck."
  • When Richard asks Nikki if she's ever thought of getting a skill, she replies she has them (with the inference being sexual).
  • Brenda gets suspicious of Richard and thus rifles through his stuff while he's gone. She then finds "Asian porn" on his computer and we see a photo of a completely nude woman (we see her from behind).
  • When Richard returns home (after being at a club waiting for Nikki, but then dancing and drinking with two women), Brenda confronts him and asks, "Are you f*cking somebody?" That prompts him to lie to her again.
  • George gives Richard some Viagra, telling him it will allow him to "f*ck your wife like you're a porn star." He then adds that while he doesn't look like Brad Pitt, "I can f*ck like him." George then takes one and says that maybe he needs two as he has a date with an intern. Richard then returns home, downs one pill, and gets ready for sex with his wife, but when he gets to the bedroom, she's asleep. We then later see him in bed with an obvious erection under the sheet, and then again four hours later where he still has one. He then calls George for advice, complaining that he's still "hard." George asks if he relieved himself, and Richard says he did three times, but is still "hard." Brenda overhears this and thinks he's having phone sex, and when he turns to her, she looks down and complains, "Keep that thing away from me." She's then concerned about the multi-hour erection, so the next thing we see is him being transported in an ambulance, with an obvious erection in his pajamas. The female paramedic asks how many pills he took and then says that since the ice pack didn't work, she'll have to perform a therapeutic aspiration, saying she's going to put a needle into his penis to draw out the blood. He complains, but others hold him down as she does that to him (not seen).
  • After a bad episode with Viagra, Richard complains about women at a train station, stating one's a "slut" and another a "f*cking skank," but doesn't mind when another woman walks by in just a small bikini (showing a little bit of her lower bare butt in the small bikini bottom).
  • Nikki complains about being with a guy who checked out a younger woman, saying it was the first time she was with a guy who wasn't "thinking about f*cking me."
  • In marital therapy, Brenda admits that she and Richard still aren't having sex, with Richard saying that's okay (prompting the female therapist to write down that he's delusional).
  • A song has the possibly suggestive lyric of "The look of love, is in your eyes."
  • Nikki says she wants to give Richard a proper good-bye (she's moving to California with her fiancÚ), so he goes to the store to buy condoms, but is embarrassed about doing so (with the middle-aged female clerk asking if he wants a 3-pack or a dozen and yelling out what he's buying when she needs change for his twenty dollar bill). She then yells out to another worker, "The man needs his condoms."
  • Richard takes off his wedding ring when he goes to Nikki's place, thinking he's going to have sex with her. When he arrives, he finds Nikki partially bent over in the bathroom, wearing a small bra (showing cleavage) and panties (showing part of her lower bare butt), with one foot up on the tub. She then has him put lotion on her back (the camera focuses on her lower back), and he accidentally squirts lotion from the tube (an ejaculation joke on the part of the film). She then goes into the bedroom and lies down suggestively on her stomach. Richard, still clothed, then joins her on the bed (she's now sitting back) and puts his hands on her bare legs before removing her panties (we don't see any nudity). She breathily tells him to take his clothes off, and he then starts to undress, but sees a reflection of himself in the mirror and changes his mind (since having his tie around his head reminds him of being dressed that way while playing with his young kids).
  • We hear the above song with the now altered lyrics that go, "I won't go get inside of you" (after Richard decides not to have sex with Nikki).
  • Richard and Nikki's conversation turns into a singing bit, where she sings, "How come we don't f*ck anymore?" He sings that they should be making love, with both then singing "all night long." They then do some passionate kissing on the sofa and start to undress, but the scene ends there.
  • The camera focuses on a woman's bare butt as she walks past Richard.
  • SMOKING
  • Nikki smokes at least 8 times.
  • Richard smokes a cigar that two women are sharing with him.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We see Richard and Brenda in marital therapy, where he isn't happy that they aren't having sex (he comments about that then, and later in voice-over narration). That also leads him to hang out with Nikki and think of and nearly have an affair with her.
  • Brenda gets suspicious of Richard and thus rifles through his stuff while he's gone. She then finds "Asian porn" on his computer and we see a photo of a completely nude woman (we see her from behind).
  • When Richard returns home (after being at a club waiting for Nikki, but then dancing and drinking with two women), Brenda confronts him and asks, "Are you f*cking somebody?" That prompts him to lie to her again and more tension grows between them.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Marriage and the role of sex in it.
  • Affairs.
  • Richard viewing women as sex objects.
  • There's a bit of social commentary by Richard indicating he's the only black professional at his firm, while the rest are all maids, etc.
  • Richard and Brenda spelling racial categories ("white" and "black") in front of their young kids.
  • Nikki repeatedly flirts with and comes on to Richard despite knowing he's married with young kids.
  • There's talk that Nikki's former boyfriend tried to kill himself over her.
  • The comment that you can lose a lot of money chasing women, but not vice-versa.
  • Richard's realization to stop complaining about what he doesn't have (meaning sex) and appreciate what he does have.
  • Richard stating that for most people, life is not short, and that one must live with the choices they make for the next 50 years of their lives.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Seeing her with Richard, Nikki's ex-boyfriend (Teddy) suspiciously asks, "You f*cking him now?" He then punches Richard and repeatedly kicks him on the floor. Two cops arrive and grab Teddy, beating him with their nightsticks (not seen in full). Richard and Nikki then flee the scene, but hear gunshots (we later hear Teddy shot the two cops). This is played somewhat for comedy.



  • Reviewed March 12, 2007 / Posted March 16, 2007

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