We all have movies that we watched as kids that we remembering loving back then. A lot of those movies we haven’t seen in decades, even though we still talk about how great they were. On “I Liked That?,” we revisit these movies to see how well they hold up.
He Said, She Said came out in 1991, and I remember having a copy of it that I taped off HBO. I have literally no idea how this movie appealed to me enough to record a copy of it. It’s dull. So, so, so dull. Sure, there are some boobs, but nowhere near enough to make up to a 16 year old Ken to have to sit through this.
The movie starts out with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins recording their tv segment called He Said, She Said. The premise of the show is that they each give their always differing opinion on some kind of current event. As he’s finishing his rebuttal, she throws a coffee mug at his head. You then find out they’re dating and breaking up. The movie flashes back to how they met. They both are reporters at The Baltimore Sun. He writes obituaries, she does wedding announcements. Currently, he’s dating multiple women, some of which work for the paper. The man who does an op-ed column is retiring, and they’re both up for it. Each submits their article, and then go off to dinner under the guise that they’ll never talk again after one of them doesn’t get the column. At dinner, you find out that she’s a liberal feminist, he’s a blowhard conservative, and that MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT. That’s the main theme of this movie: MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT. That point is hammered home because, obviously, he’s a man so he doesn’t want to be tied down and she’s a woman she she wants marriage and commitment. Turns out that they both get the column, and now it’s an opinion/counter opinion column called “He Said, She Said.” They start dating, and he breaks it off with his slightly more than friend with benefits, played by Sharon Stone. The column becomes a huge hit, which leads to the tv gig. Then, the gimmick of the movie happens and we see their entire relationship from her side. Turns out that the fight was over him making plans with Sharon Stone and him not wanting to get married, because MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT. Of course, it ends with everything working out and them kissing and making up on tv.
The biggest issue with this movie is that in 2018 it’s easier to side with Kevin Bacon. First of all, she physically assaults him with a coffee mug, which is played for laughs throughout the movie. Disturbingly enough, it might be the funniest joke in here. He’s supposedly this womanizing dirtbag that gets tamed by true love, but she knows that when they meet. He’s open and honest with the women he’s dating that he’s dating multiple women. If they get upset with him, that’s on them. Plus, he tells Elizabeth Perkins he doesn’t want to get married. He doesn’t lead her on, he doesn’t lie. That’s just a differing lifestyle choice. The big fight they have where she physically assaults him is because he made plans to see his ex, who he broke it off with after choosing Elizabeth Perkins. Turns out, they’ve known each other since they were teenagers. So we’re supposed to side with the adult woman who physically assaults her live in boyfriend because he kept in touch with someone his penis has physically come in contact with? Somehow, he looks better in her version of the story than in his own.
This is such a boring, dated movie. I guess if you’re big on MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT, watch it. Maybe?