What Love Is
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Poolhall Junkies actor/writer/director Mars Callahan once again pulls triple duty with this battle of the sexes comedy starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sean Astin, Matthew Lillard, Gina Gershon, and Anne Hesche. It's Valentine's Day, and Sarah (Victoria Pratt) has just kicked longtime boyfriend Tom (Gooding, Jr.) to the curb. Now, as Tom's friends Sal (Lillard), Ken (Callahan), George (Astin), and Wayne (Andrew Daly) drop by to discuss the shortcomings of the female gender, Sarah and her friends congregate in the bathroom to bond over stories about sex and relationships.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shrill, abrasive, cartoonishly over-the-top and badly titled."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Now and then there is something strangely right about films this defiantly wrongheaded, but What Love Is never rises above the leaden, overbearing qualities of Callahan's dialogue and staging."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Graphic-yet-boring rom-com."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Too wordy frozen stage play with Matt Lillard a spitting, screaming, out-of-control embarrassment."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"It could be that What Love Is is what lovers of either gender can like, thanks to equal parts misogynistic machismo and locker-room girl talk, all of it tied together with just a little bit of cozy romantic reality."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"What Love Is overflows with mind-numbing patter, bizarrely delivered with the arch formality of David Mamet, with the net effect of being yelled at for no reason."
‑ Paige Wiser, Chicago Sun-Times
"In its own peculiar way, What Love Is is a testament to the redemptive power of words. Thankfully, Callahan knows to keep it short and sweet, lest his audience go mad from the noise."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"Gooding is solid in the leading-man role. He has some of the best lines, and he's pretty much the only character you could stand to hang out with in real life."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Romantic comedies should never be this exhausting."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"A shrill cacophony of puerile clichés about men and women and sex, delivered in adrenaline-driven harangues and arrogant lectures. When the stage clears, all that's left is the unpleasant odor of all that hot air."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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