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A Guy Thing is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Chris Koch and starring Jason Lee, Julia Stiles and Selma Blair.

A Guy Thing
A man in a straight jacket and bow tie pictured trapped between two women
Theatrical poster
Directed byChris Koch
Produced byDavid Ladd
David Nicksay
Screenplay byGreg Glienna
Pete Schwaba
Matt Tarses
Bill Wrubel
Story byGreg Glienna
StarringJason Lee
Julia Stiles
Selma Blair
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Edited byDavid Moritz
Distributed byMGM Distribution Co.
Release date
  • January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million
Box office$17,432,163[1]



Karen (Blair) and Paul (Lee) are about to get married in Seattle. During his bachelor party, Paul has a chat with one of the dancers at the party, Becky (Stiles), and they find that they have an affinity for each other. Paul wakes up the next morning and is terrified to see Becky in the bed next to him. Assuming they slept together, Paul rushes Becky out of his apartment and hopes never to see her again. He tries to cover up the connection for the few days before the wedding. Unfortunately, Becky unexpectedly shows up around town and turns out to be Karen's cousin. Even worse, Becky's malicious ex-boyfriend cop Ray had Becky followed and photographed. Becky and Paul meet again to steal those pictures from Ray's apartment. Further problems arise with family and friends consistently showing up at the wrong times. Crabs, dirty underwear in the toilet tank, a horny best friend, and a best man/brother who is in love with the bride all provide for a week of wedding preparation hijinks. Through the snowballing of all his implausible lies and half-truths, Paul receives corroboration and support from an unexpected corner: what seems to be a coordinated network of other men, including friends, complete strangers and, to Paul's astonishment, Karen's own father; all who give the same explanation: "It's a guy thing".



The film received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 99 reviews with the consensus: "Wasting the talent of its leads, A Guy Thing is a predictable romantic comedy that relies on cheap laughs."

Box officeEdit

The film debuted at #7 in the U.S. box office, taking USD 6,988,749 in its opening weekend, before falling to #11 the following week.[2]


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