I Think I Love My Wife


I Think I Love My Wife

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Chris Rock's comedic instincts are muted and the female characters are unsatisfactorily drawn in this uneven sex farce/domestic drama mashup.



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Actor/comedian Chris Rock directs and stars in this American remake of Eric Rohmer' s classic French comedy Chloe in the Afternoon. Richard Cooper (Rock) is a high-powered investment banker with a beautiful wife and two wonderful children. Though on the surface it would appear that Richard could want nothing more out of life, his thoughts always seem to drift toward sex. Whether it's during his daily commute into the city, his endless barrage of meetings, or even his downtime changing diapers at home, Richard's mind is constantly preoccupied by fantasies about the women he sees on the commuter train, on the city streets, and in the boardroom. Richard's daily life has gradually devolved into a blur of mind-numbing banality, and these days sexual fantasy has become his sole means of escaping the constant pressures of work and fatherhood. Though Richard never had any real intention of cheating on his faithful but preoccupied wife Brenda (Gina Torres), a chance run-in with his old friend Nikki (Kerry Washington) -- a drop-dead gorgeous stunner who appears at his office door one day seeking career advice from the successful banker -- finds his steely resolve fast turning flimsy. It's not long before the smitten Richard and the smoldering Nikki are meeting for clandestine lunches, and temptation begins to turn Richard's once-predictable life upside down. As his uncontrollable fantasies begin to lead him down the dangerous path of infidelity, the man who once kept his libido safely in check finds it increasingly difficult to refrain from acting on his impulses.


Chris Rock
as Richard Cooper
Gina Torres
as Brenda Cooper
Edward Herrmann
as Mr. Landis
Milan Howard
as Kelly Cooper
Roz Ryan
as Landlady
Julie Halston
as Convenience Store Cashier
Dani Marco
as Hot Waitress
Paul Messina
as DC TV Reporter
Bambadjan Bamba
as Rapper on Elevator
Ian Brennan
as Department Store Salesman No. 1
Matthew Morrison
as Department Store Salesman No. 2
Linda Powell
as Therapist
James Saito
as Mr. Yumi
Ron Nakahara
as Mr. Yakamoto
Susan McCallum
as Lady on Elevator
Michael Tenaglia
as DC Cop No. 1
as White Rapper
Andre B. Blake
as Cologne Spraying Salesman
Adam Le Fevre
as Maitre d'
Elizabeth Mathis
as Irresistible Fantasy Woman No. 2
Krista Coyle
as Irresistible Fantasy Woman No. 3
Jenny Powers
as Irresistible Fantasy Screw You Woman
Pearl Veldwuk
as Irresistible Fantasy Woman No. 1
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  • Rock's breakthrough as a director -- a chance for him to grapple openly with his status as a maturing (but still ostensibly immature) comedian.

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 4/6
  • One of the film's key revelations is that his resistance to having an affair comes as much from wishing to maintain his lifestyle (the high-paying job, the nice house, the kids) as from loyalty to his wife. Why sharp observations like that one would need

    Apr 5, 2007 | Rating: B-

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Rock's version is funnier, blacker, hipper, and sexier, but Rohmer's shows a little more skin.

    Mar 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Viagra jokes, I-have-a-headache rebuffs, a sequence devoted to the humiliation of buying condoms at a pharmacy...c'mon, Chris, you can do better than that.

    Mar 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • I Think I Love My Wife is first and foremost a sex comedy. But Rock is sharp enough to set it in a world where people of all races share the same dreams and desires -- if not the same real estate.

    Mar 16, 2007
  • Very little that's clever, romantic or witty in this formulaic romp.

    Mar 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Think I Love My Wife

  • Nov 15, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2010
    As first-rate stand-up comedian and awards show host, Chris Rock has demonstrated a definite knack for hilariously wry social commentary. Between the gangster rap yarn CB4, presidential comedy Head of State, and Heaven Can Wait remake Down to Earth, Rock has demonstrated the same knack as film writer/actor…but his end results in this arena are never as funny as their premises. The occasionally humorous I Think I Love My Wife only solidifies this theory. In writing and directing the whole comic she-bang, Rock proves that he is more of an idea guy than auteur. Though his efforts result in the best film of his short oeuvre (which, sadly, is not saying much), the overall vehicle feels like it should have been a lot funnier based on its promising hook. Based on the film Chloe in the Afternoon, the R-rated I Think I Love My Wife finds a bored businessman (Rock) flirting with the idea of throwing away his perfect suburban life with his beautiful wife (Gina Torres) and kids to sleep with a friend’s sexy ex-mistress (Washington). Very recently, Rock’s creative capacities as Idea Guy have given us The CW’s critical darling Everybody Hates Chris, which is loosely based on his childhood. Now pulling focus on his real-life role as husband/father, his new movie is also a slice of life, albeit not as earnest. Laugh-out-loud comedy, however, never rises out of this stew—-possibly because Rock is overtaxed, wearing every hat from head chef to bottle washer. Audiences deserve more yuks from such a gifted comedian. Bottom line: I Think I Don’t Love This Movie.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2010
    The film is good for the vast majority. It's a rather mature critique of marriage that suggests perhaps marriage isn't for humans. Rock plays a hard working banker in a sexless marriage. The biggest problem here is his wife. She is neither attractive or friendly. I honestly can't see why Rock is with her. This makes it all the more frustrating when Rock meets Kerry Washington. She is so beautiful no man could resist her, especially in the final scenes. The ending is a real cop-out. It suggests that fidelity is almost a curse, but it's better than our protagonist being happy. The fact that the end realisation comes in the form of a very terrible song (WTF?) just makes it even more painful. Would have liked more from Buscemi's character, a man happily married for 17 years, despite his affairs and flings. Worth it just for Washington.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2009
    A complete joke. Avoid at all costs.
    Janice : Super Reviewer

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