Buying the Cow (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Sex Comedy  |   Release Date - Jun 8, 2002 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Josh Ralske

Buying the Cow features stars from such films as Wildcats, Love Stinks, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, and Def Jam's How to Be a Player, in addition to Alyssa Milano and an awful title. One doesn't approach a film like this with high expectations, and while Buying the Cow may be crude, sexist, and homophobic, it's also much funnier than it has any right to be. The story line is pretty standard stuff for this kind of post-collegiate sex comedy. David (Jerry O'Connell) is afraid to commit to his long-term girlfriend, Sarah (Bridgette Wilson), who wants them to get married. He still thinks he can find his perfect dream girl -- "the one." It's a routine setup, but it's presented brightly enough to hold the audience's interest. Well into the film, a major subplot is introduced involving Michael(Ryan Reynolds), David's womanizing buddy, who wakes up one morning after a fuzzily remembered one-night stand, feeling like he's met the love of his life, only to be greeted by a flamboyant gay man who praises him for his stamina. There follows a ridiculous chase scene, as the panicked Michael flees the apartment naked and is mistaken for a child molester. The scene degenerates from there. It's hard to imagine anyone old enough to be watching the film getting much pleasure out of seeing a little poodle raping an unconscious police dog. The scene is a little too broad, and jars with the more naturalistic tone of the rest of the film. But Reynolds brings a unique energy to the proceedings. Comparable to Jim Carrey, he plays his outrageous slapstick role broadly and bravely, but with a layer of recognizable humanity underneath. It's safe to say that one's reaction to his antics is a good indicator of how much pleasure one will get out of the film.