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What Love Is

4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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It's Valentine's Day and Tom (Oscar(r) winner Cuba Gooding Jr. -1996 Best Supporting Actor, Jerry Maguire) has big plans. He's about to get engaged and has a surprise party planned to share the good news with friends. But things take a turn for the worse? Tom returns home only to discover his girlfriend has packed up and left him. Now, instead of a surprise party, the surprise is on Tom. Fortunately, his friends - and a group of beautiful women - are there to help him make sense of it all in this bold romantic comedy about men, women and that crazy little thing called love. Also starring Anne Heche, Gina Gershon, Sean Astin and Matthew Lillard

Special Features

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Mars Callahan and Producers George Bours and John Hermansen
  • Making Love: The Making of What Love Is featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Anne Heche, Matthew Lillard, Terrence Carson, Amanda Keffer, Mars Callahan
  • Directors: Mars Callahan
  • Producers: George Bourseiller, George Bours, John Hermansen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012GVMFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Love Is" on IMDb

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Wow - just watched it, my head is spinning!

The most FAST quick-fire dialogue ever seen in my 60 years of movie watching.

Could have been a play, no real action at all. it's 100% dialogue. and man, is it fast! fast talking, quick wit, amazing script. the characters take turns telling their story, their gripes on love and the opposite sex. first the men, then, the women. the rapid wit firing back and forth is reckless speed of headache proportions.

The ending is sweet. meaningful even. I love the Frank Sinatra song that comes on for the ending credits. watch the credits all the way thru and there are some out-takes.

Funny, entertaining, mostly true stuff on love and sex and the games people play.

Not for kids. major big swearing and discussions of sexual nature. BJs, anal, cheating, nothing held back. not for prudes.

I really liked each character. all were cast perfectly.

be good - safe sex, kids!! Gramma Sally
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Mysteriously labelled a romantic comedy, this disappointed the critics who tried to see it as one. It's a fiendishly accurate depiction of the extreme positions we take over love-and-sex. Because it explodes stereotypical attitudes the film takes the form of conversation, the director/writer/actor adroitly blending the Woody Allen subject matter with His Girl Friday pacing. Each actor gets a manic stand up comic turn, each one does a good job with what they've got to deliver. It's smart, wise and funny. Best enjoyed by those who've made a relationship mistake or two and can afford to laugh at themselves. Not recommended for those looking for romantic comedies (which are often just a sentimental look at stereotypes). Here those stereotypes get their heads blown off.
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I saw a part of this move awhile back on cable and enjoyed it,eventually i was able to see the entire film and thought it was a really good one.I will say this: it is dialogue driven,if that isn't your thing then skip it however i feel that anyone who chooses to do so will be missing out.I think that although another reviewer found this film to be full of cliches about romance that it isn't many of the things discussed are spot on,just my opinion yours obviously varies,there are things spoken between a group of friends in this film about relationships that i can personally relate to from past experiences and i think that other people who see it will be able to relate as well,i will end in saying that this film is Funny,Touching,Truthful and Witty and i recommend it to those who haven't seen it.
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It's Valentines Day evening. Cuba intends to propose to his girl this evening so he invites some friends over to share the experience, only to get a "Dear John" letter when he arrives home. When the guys arrive, woman bashing begins and then the women arrive, invited by the guys. Their discussion in the bathroom is enlightening. But after all of the angry words of pain, all of the advice, in the end, he gets it; Cuba finally realizes what love is. I enjoy the dialogue in this film; it has much truth in it -- much wisdom. The character Sal is freshly wounded and finds a kindred soul. He could use a larger vocabulary. He drives much of the dialogue.

This lacks guns, chase scenes, and drugs, but it has lots of use of the f-bomb and lots of insight.
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I've known about this movie for some time, but had not seen it. Some may complain about the language which is a little strong early. However, I would argue that it is true to what may happen in real life when 5 guys and 5 girls of their lifestyles get together in an emotionally charged situation?

I agree that the cover doesn't do the movie justice...get into the movie & you'll see a well played and designed story written, directed, produced, and starred in by Mars Callahan. The personalities were matched beautifully to the stars who played them. It was fun to match up the male & female counterparts as they were developing!! Go get this movie...
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FUNNY movie! Hard to find, and not many people have heard about it. I love the way it was filmed, and the dialogue that goes along with it. It is weird that I love a movie about Valentines Day so much, but I do. I tell people about it, and they think I'm crazy when I describe it to people. Then they watch it.
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This movie is excellent in the dynamic of how it plays out. Cuba Gooding goes home to propose to his longtime girlfriend only to get 'dear john'ed by her. The story then goes from the male perspective when his friends come over.. and its up-to-date on the modern dating scene. Afterwards, you get the perspective from the females view, when the girls drop in and then complain about the guys. Then you see how the two sexes mix and mingle. My favorite character in here is the married guy that just comes down for a martini, and calls B.S when he sees it from whats being said. Great movie, and makes you think about modern day dating scene.
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You have to watch this one more than once just to catch all the quick punch lines. To me it is like watching an episode of something like West Wing. The dialog is fast and you have to pay attention to keep up. I enjoyed the movie and the What Love Is topic really hits home.
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