Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Written by Scott Rosenberg, whose script for Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead was fake macho bravado, the film celebrates the crude poetry of male bonding while keeping the women in the background, waiting. Wildly immature, they must learn to stop idealizing “beautiful girls” and commit themselves to the real women around them. To grow up, they need outside help, which is provided by Andrea (Uma Thurman), a beautiful visitor from Chicago, who can talk sports and drink Whiskey just like the boys.

Reflecting a distinctly male sensibility, the women are narrowly conceived: adulterous Darian is bitchy and selfish, weepy Sharon is dubbed “one of the good ones,” Jan and Tracy are kind, Marty is a Lolita quoting Shakespeare, and Andrea represents the ultimate desirable woman: gorgeous and smart like a guy. The quintet servez as adornment to a threadbare tale of men's bafflement in the face of woman. The only glimpse of how the women view the men is provided by Rosie O'Donnell, who delivers an show-stopping monologue about males' fantasies of female anatomy.