Monday, May 18, 2009

Buying the Cow (2002)

Bill Bellamy, Jerry O'Connell, Ryan Reynolds, Buying the Cow
Buying the Cow is one of those movies I'm not entirely certain how it ended up in my movie library. The only explanation I can think if of is that it must have been inexpensive. It is enjoyable though. The film follows Jerry O'Connell whose girlfriend of five years1 has given him the ultimatum to propose or end the relationship in two months. O'Connell is guided in his decision by his friends: lothario Ryan Reynolds and general nice-guy Bill Bellamy.2 O'Connell is hampered by concerns that a girl he'd met in his distant past might in fact have been "the one."

The movie attempts various philosophical conversations about the nature of relationships. "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" Is one question the movie attempts to unpack, largely placing it as a stupid saying, though still one the film found important enough to base its title on. Additionally, the film tries to unpack whether or not love at first sight and true love exist in our modern world.

Jerry O'Connell, Buying the Cow
O'Connell spends a good deal of time in the movie chasing after a mystery woman he saw in a restaurant who gave him the same tingly feeling he got when he met his mystery girl in his past. His major decision throughout the film seems to be whether to keep the relationship he's devoted five years of his life to, or to ab abandon everything in exchange for an unknown destined love. Being an American film, we can imagine which he might choose.

The A-plot of Buying the Cow is focused on O'Connell and his search for true love, the B-Plot follows Ryan Reynolds and provides most of the humor of the film. While we're introduced to Reynolds as a narcissistic lothario, he begins to question this lifestyle choice as meaningless sex doesn't seem to make him happy. In a moment of mistaken identity, he comes to believe he actually spent the night with a man. While initially disgusted, he eventually tries to force not only himself but his friends to accept it. In the end, his mistaken homosexuality doesn't last, but his journey to discovering his inner gay man provides a good deal of comedic relief.

While Buying the Cow is good lighthearted fun, it's certainly not a movie that anyone needs to rush out to see or own, but it's good mindless entertainment for when you want to watch something without having to think too hard.

Ryan Reynolds, Buying the Cow
1. Bridgette Wilson.
2. Bellamy, by the way, is one of the least funny "comedians" I have ever seen. He's also a terrible host for reality programming.

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