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Giving It Up

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Rising advertising executive Ralph (Mark Feuerstein) is irresistible to women and he to them -- he can even bed Lesbians. But when he falls for a new co-worker (Amy Redford) Ralph decides to change his ways by becoming celibate, and finds it harder than he thought to stay out of strange beds, including Amber's (Ali Larter), a super model and Ralph's lifelong fantasy woman.
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Overview

Rising advertising executive Ralph (Mark Feuerstein) is irresistible to women and he to them -- he can even bed Lesbians. But when he falls for a new co-worker (Amy Redford) Ralph decides to change his ways by becoming celibate, and finds it harder than he thought to stay out of strange beds, including Amber's (Ali Larter), a super model and Ralph's lifelong fantasy woman.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; English and Spanish subtitles; 16X9 widescreen; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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Originally called Casanova Falling when it was made in 1999, this very-New York romantic comedy strives for a Sex and the City vibe, only to fall short due to its embarrassing level of crudeness. The language ' vivid allusions to oral sex, for instance -- and nasty situations ' he joins a support group for sex addicts for laughs ' will simply be uncomfortable in mixed company. Mark Feuerstein handles his role with confidence, but his chemistry with women is hardly believable. The production looks OK, the story sails along easily enough, and off-kilter secondary characters keep things lively, including Dabney Coleman, who reprises his sexist 9 to 5 persona. Date bait it's not; in fact, men watching without women will get more giggles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • UPC: 031398838623
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 84,562

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Feuerstein Ralph
Amy Redford
Ali Larter Amber
Dabney Coleman
Technical Credits
Christopher Kublan Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Wake Up Call [3:39]
2. Genius [4:58]
3. Condom Campaign [5:45]
4. Wonder Camp [2:39]
5. Block Party [4:26]
6. Eighth Wonder [3:30]
7. Image Maker [5:22]
8. Misanthropic [3:29]
9. Sexual Compulsion [2:52]
10. Imperfections [3:00]
11. Camp Counselor [4:10]
12. Sincere With Agenda [3:28]
13. Lives To Love [3:48]
14. Stud Boy [4:17]
15. Flattered [2:49]
16. Hobby Horse [3:43]
17. By The Hand [4:41]
18. Sex Personified [4:44]
19. Women's Magazines [2:51]
20. No Experience [2:43]
21. Way With Kids [4:04]
22. Anxiously Awaiting [3:18]
23. Peaches and Cream [2:52]
24. End Credits [4:01]
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Menu

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      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      Director's Commentary For Deleted Scenes: On
      Director's Commentary For Deleted Scenes: Off
      Deleted Scenes
      Music Video
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    by dane youssef Kublan's "Giving it Up" is a movie which is scarce in the indie field. A romantic comedy, rumored to be the worst, sloppiest, unentertaining and most formulaic of the entire genre. But very surprisingly, "Giving it Up" is a smarter, more-thinking person's romantic comedy. A movie that seems to have filtered out the obnoxious slapstick, trite plot points, dumb characters, monotone dialouge and Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan's routines. Oh, there are quite a few cliches' in this movie, all right. The playboy who's tired of the game and wants to settle down and develop as a person, the bookish love interest who has no patience for his antics, the sexist supporting characters, the geeky best friend, the unobtainable finally obtained... only to realize that... And although it sounds like the storyline from "What Women Want" (which also featured Feuerstein), no two movies could possibly be more polar opposite. But "Giving it Up" is more than that. It doesn't rely entirely on that as so many other rom-coms do. "GIU" is a well-played, thoughtfully-written, smartly concieved look at men, women and their views on sex and drelationships. In "Giving it Up," a New York advertsing executive who specializes in selling sex to sell products is living the "almost ideal existance." He has devoted his life to attracting the opposite sex. And it seems to be working. He has a new stranger in his bed every night. He's making fat cheddar. His hard-nosed, sexist boss (Dabney Coleman "9 to 5," "Tootsie," "Recess: School's Out" and "You've Got Mail") loves him. His apartment is lavish and full of cosmetics to polish his vessel and keep it clean. And his superhuman libido fuels his creative fires. Enter his new boss, Elizabeth, who has heard of him and his reputation. She's smart and genuinely attractive. And quite down to earth. Ralph (Mark Feuerstein "Woman on Top" and "What Women Want"), the playboy in question is instantly smitten with her. But she's heard the word on the street and smiles, giving him the brush off. Ralph is obsessed. He wants her. He can have every woman except the one he truly wants. Ain't it always the way? Ralph's less-lucky-in-love buddy, Peter (Ben Weber-- "Twister" and TV's "Sex in the City") asks Ralph why? Why does he want to give up the life? Apparently, Ralphie boy feels empty. He decides to "give it all up." He's the falling casanova. He tries to go celibate. He meets up with Elizabeth and informs her of his newfound desire to live a life with something besides sex and even tries to win her over with his outside sex-interests. Like his joy for Billy Wilder's Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn classic "Love in the Afternoon." Kublan's script is smart in a "Sex in the City"-type of way. Full of realsitic conversations between men and women about dating, relationships, sex and their own views and look at it all. The cast is paticularly strong for an indepenedent film. Feuerstein is a real charmer, Weber and James Lesure (From "For Your Love") are convincing and likeable as his best friends. Ari Larter as the foul and lecherous super-supermodel Amber is also good for a few laughs. Amy Redford is really 100% believable as a smart, intellegent, confident (and beautiful) businesswoman who hates her self a bit for falling for this falling casanova. See it alone for the near Oscar-worthy performance of the magnificent Dabney Coleman, more hard-nosed, sexist and snarling than ever. It's worth falling for.

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