Picks and Pans Review: Women Vs. Men
Joe Mantegna, Paul Reiser, Christine Lahti, Glenne Headly—the cast is overqualified for this fundamentally routine sex comedy. But they seem to be having a fairly good time, and chances are so will you.
Lahti plays a woman who tails her husband (Mantegna) and his buddy (Reiser) to a lap-dancing establishment. She immediately reports her findings to Reiser's wife (Headly), and the rest of a long night is filled with accusations, evasions and complications. Reiser has some funny riffs in the Mad About You manner ("It wasn't cheating—it was fake, it was faux, faux cheating"), and Robert Pastorelli runs enjoyably amok as a screwy friend of both couples' who decides it's his "calling" to parade in a loincloth and paw as many women as possible. Unfortunately, all the antics lead to an ostensibly serious speech by Mantegna that makes less than an ounce of sense.
Bottom Line: Enough laughs to get by