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Film / I Think I Love My Wife

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I Think I Love My Wife is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by and starring Chris Rock, based on Éric Rohmer's 1972 French film Chloe in the Afternoon. Rock also teamed with Louis C.K. to write the screenplay adaptation.

Richard Cooper (Rock) is a New York executive with an ostensibly perfect life. However, despite his loving wife Brenda (Gina Torres) and their two children, Richard is bored with his sexless marriage. Enter Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington), an old friend who wants to reconnect. Faced with Nikki's youth and sensuality, Richard starts to have a crisis of fidelity with regards to his comparatively mundane home life. Their friendship seems innocent enough to Richard, but the last man to date Nikki wound up psychologically obliterated by the experience. Will Richard be next?


I Think I Love My Wife provides examples of:

  • All Women Are Prudes: In-universe, Richard believes this of his marriage, complaining that Brenda never wants to have sex with him unless it's for having a baby. Averted when Brenda is talking to her friend Jennifer about her fears of infidelity.
    Jennifer: Did you find anything on his computer?
    Brenda: Just a little Asian porn, nothing serious.
  • Dirty Old Man: Richard's co-worker and best friend, George, played by Steve Buscemi, who regularly sleeps with the younger women around the office.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Nikki is in her underwear and a pair of high heels. Richard gets distracted.
    Nikki: You like my shoes?
    Richard: You're wearing shoes?
  • Foreign Remake: Of Chloe in the Afternoon.
  • Gilligan Cut: Richard insists he's not flying to Washington. Gets cut to him arriving to Washington.
    Richard: You must be out of your fucking mind if you think I'm getting on a plane to Washington, D.C., to go to some guy's house to get your shit! (cut) *the plane arrives in Washington DC*
  • No Indoor Voice: The cashier keeps being loud when Richard is trying to (discreetly) purchase some condoms.
  • Noodle Incident: The breakup between Nikki and Nelson (played by an uncredited Orlando Jones). Whatever it was, it was messy enough to require Nelson to get extensive therapy, and seeing her again clearly shakes him up.
  • Not What It Looks Like
    • After taking a Viagra pill given to him by George, Richard frantically calls George late at night when his erection won't subside. Brenda walks in and mistakes it for a phone sex conversation.
      Brenda: Are you talking to some...little bitch? Are you talking to some whore? In my house?!
      Richard: No, it's just George.
      Brenda: George? (beat) What kind of fucked-up shit is that?
    • Richard tries to invoke this when Nikki's ex Teddy walks in on them in his apartment singing to the stereo while Nikki has her blouse open. Teddy doesn't buy it.


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