What Love Is
What Love Is (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Shrill, abrasive, cartoonishly over-the-top and badly titled.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

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.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Graphic-yet-boring rom-com.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

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.

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Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-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.

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco 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.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Romantic comedies should never be this exhausting.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Sol C
Mars Callahan did a great job with Poolhall Junkies. However, his follow up film, What Love Is, is a misfire. He had a really good idea here, but didn't… More
Leo L
I rated this movie already. Hmmmm....that's strange!! Well, this is a great movie/paraody that centralizes on various themes: dating, love, men vs. women,… More
Deb S
Plot: Tom plans to surprise his girlfriend Sara with an engagement ring, and he's asked his four best friends to witness the popping of the question at his… More
Chosen 718
Good film, great performances. It felt like a play, sort of David Mamet-esque at some points.