04
Aug
13

The Woman Chaser (1999)

My mother is a Seinfeld super-fan. As a result, I’m a Seinfeld fan, too. Sometimes, she’ll even call me up and ask me trivia questions about the show. So, when Mr. Q presented The Woman Chaser as our evening film option, I was intrigued; the film stars none other than Patrick Warburton, everyone’s favorite idiot boyfriend Puddy.

A friendly game of football on the beach with your writing assistant... nothing wrong with that.

A friendly game of football on the beach with your writing assistant… nothing wrong with that.

In The Woman Chaser, Warburton plays Richard Hudson, a seasoned womanizer in 1950’s California who feels he has yet to find his true calling in life. Despite being a pretty good used car salesman, it’s just not giving him that fulfilling feeling. Handing over his used car dealership to a guy he barely knows, he decides to go into business with his step-father, a disgraced movie producer, convincing him it’s a chance for him to get his career back.

A misogynist looks in the mirror and sees... chest hair.

A misogynist looks in the mirror and sees… chest hair.

And so Hudson begins his movie-making odyssey: struggling with the writing process (until finding the perfect “outlet” in his assistant), dealing with the producers, getting the right soundtrack, and, perhaps most difficult of all, cutting the film to a 90-minute running time.

What better way to get a visceral soundtrack to your film than have the blues guitarist just play it while watching the film?

What better way to get a visceral soundtrack to your film than have the blues guitarist just play it while watching the film?

This movie was really enjoyable. Warburton is absolutely perfect for this role; I can’t imagine anyone else playing a cocky womanizer/car salesman/filmmaker with such hilarious results. It might be worth a watch just to see the scene where he ballet dances with his mother (nearly a Norma Desmond clone). Unfortunately, it’s not available on DVD – yet, so whip out the old VCR for this one!

 

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