Whitney Cummings: Money Shot
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Money Shot finds Cummings riffing on a wide range of topics chiefly, the differences between men and women and how both tend to behave in relationships. And before you roll your eyes at the very thought of another comic covering this well-worn territory, Cummings has found an approach to the material that's unique enough to make her take on it very compelling. She's a foul-mouthed "guy's girl" who surrenders none of her femininity in order to be accepted by the male half, and she's just as honest and critical of women as she is of men. Her act never turns into "we're smart, you're not." Well, mostly.
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As with all comedians Cummings tosses out expletives but anyone watching comedy should expect that by now. While its there throughout it never comes off as being tossed in for shock value. With that out of the way, let's discuss her comedy because she is absolutely hilarious.
Kicking off discussing her sex life via reading Cosmopolitan Cummings immediately notes how ridiculous the ideas presented there can be. Everything from making your man scream ("this is so...gay") to role playing, Cummings takes aim at the ideas presented there and how they just don't match reality. From there she moves on to men's fantasies of women as strippers to a friend who made a sex tape. No, she doesn't get vulgar (though her language does at time); she actually demonstrates how over the top some of these ideas can be. For some her reference to men's genitalia may seem risqué but once more she's on the mark when discussing people's point of view on the subject.
She moves on to relationships and tops it off discussing the "silent treatment" that women give their men. Telling them that this is not a punishment, she offers an alternative that I'm sure many men would dread but that once more is perfect in the idea she conveys in a funny fashion. Yes ladies, the idea offered will work.
Cummings discusses how relationships make people go insane, in particular women. Not being a woman I can't say she's right like I know it to be true, but from experience I can see where some of the points she makes are dead on. Then again she misses the fact that guys can be just as crazy, though perhaps not as sneaky (her idea, not mine folks).
Relationships seem to be the main focus throughout the special seen here as Cummings discusses everything from breakups to new romance. And she makes you laugh from start to finish. She never feels sorry for herself but makes you think that even with the ups and downs she may have experienced it at least provided her with new material.
Romance leads to her discussion of films and how they present the most false ideas about romance that exists. Taking on the TWILIGHT phenomena she points out how ridiculous turning this into a romantic idea is but at the same time considers how nice it would be to date a vampire. The comedic riffs she offers this topic will inspire laughs rather than longing for Robert Pattinson.
But women's ideas of romance aren't all she talks about. She goes into a piece discussing porn and how men love it and women don't. She lays it on the line and lets the audience know that in watching porn women can discover where their men come up with the weird ideas they have in the bedroom. Her version of porn is an hour and a half of cuddling ending with a man proposing.
Cummings is an attractive woman who takes numerous shots at herself throughout, referring to her figure as boy like. Truth be told she needn't do so and presents an engaging smile to go along with a dynamic sense of humor. I've since seen her on CHELSEA LATELY but have yet to figure out why we haven't seen more of her than this special.
The most difficult thing about describing this DVD is in not revealing the best jokes, the belly busters, and yet trying to convince you how funny this woman is. Trust me; you will laugh if you watch this DVD. You will discuss portions with your friends later. And you'll have spent your money wisely in renting this one.
This 48-minute special is definitely raunchy. While it's not exactly original material that's being covered here (her main focus is on relationships, sex, and the differences between guys and girls -- an admittedly cliche topic for female comedians), she's actually quite a funny lady, contrary to what some reviews are saying here. I think much of what these other reviewers find off-putting about her is the fact that she IS loud; if you value subtlety in your comedy, then this isn't for you. But trust me, she's much funnier than other popular comedians like, say, Dane Cook. She's no Louis C.K., though.
As a side note, I'll say that after watching this DVD, I was finally able to watch her new eponymous sitcom. Needless to say, I was disappointed with her sitcom; much of it seems formulaic (which, to be fair, is no different than most sitcoms on network TV) and displays a watered-down PG version of her style. She should stick to stand-up comedy, or at least be on a network where she doesn't have to be censored. But I digress.