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I Could Never Be Your Woman

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A mother falls for a young man while her daughter falls in love for the first time.

Genre - Comedy

Director(s) - Amy Heckerling

Writer(s) - Amy Heckerling

Cast - Michelle Pfeiffer , Paul Rudd and Tracey Ullman

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Distributor(s) - MGM, Bauer Martinez Studios, MGM and Freestyle Releasing (U.S.), Hoyts Distribution (Australia), Independent Films (Netherlands)

Release Date - 2007

Synopsis - This romantic comedy follows a mother who falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Tracey Ullman plays Mother Nature, who messes with the fates of all the main characters.

Release dates:
I Could Never Be Your Woman opened in Spain on May 11, 2007 and did exceptionally well (opening at #2, behind Spider Man 3)--and likewise did well in Belgium/Luxembourg ($596,569), after opening there on July 18. It screened at the Maui Film Festival on June 15. It bowed in Greece and Brazil in September 2007 (opening at #1) and bowed around the world after December. It opened in Taiwan on March 8, 2008. In North America, it came out on DVD in North America on February 12, 2008.

Boxoffice and DVD Rentals:
I Could Never Be Your Woman grossed $3.84 million in its first week of DVD rental (Feb. 11-17), ranking #10 in North America. After seven weeks (through Mar. 30, 2008) it had brought in $15.51 million in rentals and ranked #50 among the top rental DVDs.

As of March 29, 2009, it was screening or had screened in 29 countries in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, with a total theatrical boxoffice gross of $9,564,193. It had grossed the most in Spain ($2,302,917 in seven weeks), followed by Mexico (where it grossed $1,578,645 in 72 days), Brazil($1,194,232 in three months), Poland ($629,098 in only 16 days), Belgium/Luxembourg ($596,569 in seven weeks), Portugal/Angola ($533,676 in nine weeks), Russia ($393,980 in 11 weeks), Turkey ($357,104 in eight weeks) and Argentina ($302,383 in 10 weeks). In Hong Kong it grossed $192,542 in 17 days. It did $160,107 in four months in Peru. On March 29, 2009, it was still screening in Bolivia.

Worldwide boxoffice and North American video rentals totalled $25.1 million.

Viewers' Ratings:
Through Feb. 25, 2009, nearly 72.1% of the 4,512 people who rated it at The Internet Movie Database ( gave it positive ratings, with 10.5% rating it a perfect 10. All demographic groups liked it, with the most enthusiastic being females 17 and younger (rating it 7.3 out of 10), followed by women 18-29 (6.6) and women 45 and older (6.3). Women liked it more than men did.

Critics' Kudos:
Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune: "I'm recommending this one. I think Michelle Pfeiffer is terrific in it. What a winning performance: so funny, so charming, so lovely and so smart. And I love Paul Rudd, who is always very funny. So much of the film does work and is sharp and insightful. It is better than a lot of the stuff playing in theatres. Hopefully people will see this DVD."

The Critical Critics: "Feeling old? Need a feel-good-about-yourself, quirky kind of movie to raise your spirits? Never fear, Hollywood claims they have something for you, in the form of the upcoming film: I Could Never Be Your Woman.

"What we have here, is a light-hearted romantic comedy about coming to terms with getting old and the notion that you’re only as old as you feel. It’s told from the perspective of a 40+ year old woman who falls for a much younger man.

"The movie mostly works for several reasons. First and foremost, Michelle Pfeiffer is obviously a woman consumed with defying father time, so seeing her play a like-minded person was amusing. The scene at the dance club captures it all perfectly – Adam is dancing like an idiot and her character being completely lost.

"Another positive note is the memorable performance by newcomer Saoirse Ronan. She captures the boy problems, puberty issues and parent headaches with grace. I’m guessing she has recent firsthand knowledge of these issues, as it doesn’t even look like she is acting. What’s even better is how she deftly handles her mother; in many cases she is actually the one doling out the advice.

"It was also good to see Paul Rudd step up to the plate and tackle a major role. He’s been sitting on the sidelines playing some memorable supporting roles in movies like Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. His child-like exuberance here is a treat to watch.

"I Could Never Be Your Woman is a relatively good time. I don’t see any standout romantic comedies on the horizon, so this may be the best offering for the foreseeable future. You could do worse."

Jen Johans, Film Intuition: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless director Amy Heckerling has always had her finger on the pulse of what’s hip and timely with her funny and irreverent takes on contemporary life. While working on the television spinoff of Clueless for ABC and raising a daughter as a single parent, Heckerling became as Entertainment Weekly’s Missy Schwartz wrote, ‘increasingly ambivalent about working in an industry that promotes unrealistic standards of beauty for young girls and considers women over 40 to be prehistoric beasts,” (“Would You Dump This Woman?” 2/8/08). In response, she penned the clever and witty I Could Never Be Your Woman which first took shape in the late 1990’s before being retooled again a few years ago in a script that reunited Heckerling with her Clueless leading man Paul Rudd and garnered a commitment from talented actress Michelle Pfeiffer whose celebrity helped get the film made.

“It’s a wonderfully funny film. Pfeiffer stars as a sharp Heckerling-like television writer Rosie for the aptly named teen sitcom You Go Girl starring Brianna (Clueless star Stacey Dash) who struggles to find a balance in her professional life with her personal one as she raises a precocious daughter Izzie (Irish star Saoirse Ryan before her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in Atonement). Izzie who spends her free time prank calling celebrities such as Matthew Perry and Henry Winkler from her mother’s phone book along with dropping her Ken doll in the vent because he has Alzheimer’s is not only starting to outgrow Barbies but actually wanting to find a love of her own as well. It’s romance times two when forty year old Rosie, constantly egged on by Mother Nature (a hilarious Tracey Ullman) about her aging body, finds herself caught off guard when she begins to fall for twenty-nine year old comic actor Adam (Paul Rudd) who manages to steal both Rosie’s hearts along with the viewers' when he signs onto You Go Girl. The charming Rudd who has some truly memorable scenes that can’t be missed brings out a far more carefree and wild side in Pfeiffer that’s refreshing to see and while it’s pretty safe to say that I Could Never Be Your Woman has lost its momentum with the absence of press and arriving instead in video stores, for those who take the time to check it out, it’s a pleasantly affable little sleeper.”

Chad Webb, “I Could Never Be Your Woman was certainly worthy of a theatrical release. This is a solid romantic comedy. The dialogue is witty, the performances are engaging, and the pacing is brisk and fulfilling. Heckerling’s dialogue is ascerbic, edgy and delightful. This film should be seen.

“The cast is brilliant. Michelle Pfeiffer still looks stunning next to any female. She sports a bright smile with a sharp presence that is easily attractive to viewers. Paul Rudd is approaching Philip Seymour Hoffman territory due to how consistently awesome his supporting efforts are. As Adam, Rudd steals this film out from under everyone else's feet. He has so many priceless scenes that are just hilarious. For instance, one spicy young woman in the film bends over to reveal her buttcrack. Adam tosses a piece of candy that lands…well you get the idea, and he says ‘Nothing but net.’ In another great moment, Rosie and Adam have a date at a club, which results in Adam exposing his super cool dance moves. Now that the world has laughed at Rudd in Knocked Up and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, it is impossible not to adore him here. His chemistry with Pfeiffer is just fine. They convey the motions and signs of a perfectly acceptable couple with a significant, but trivial, age difference

“If Saoirse Ronan's mesmerizing portrayal in Atonement was impressive, her contribution as Izzie will only heighten your fondness of the now-14-year-old Irish actress. Her accent is flawless, and she is almost as funny as Rudd ,to be honest. Ronan is already better than all the young female performers of this generation, and when she assumes the center role in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, her reputation will only improve. Her spoof songs of Alanis Morrissette that mock celebutantes and George Bush among other things are by far the moments you'll remember after the movie is over.

I will afford a generous rating [7 out of 10] because of the marvelous performances by the cast, and because of stellar jokes like Mindy Menstruation, the concentration camp Barbies, and the cameo by Henry Winkler. This is the perfect rental. If you are searching for a proper film to watch with a loved one or friends, you can't get better than this. In the garbage bin of Direct-to-DVD trash, this stands out, especially with appearances by Jon Lovitz, Fred Ward, and Stacey Dash. Give this a shot.”

Clint Morris, Moviehole: "This is a very enjoyable movie – and if you’re a fan of Amy Hecklering’s other films, particularly the vibrant Clueless (1995), you’ll definitely go ga-ga for this. Michelle Pfeiffer, looking as beautiful as ever, is wonderful in her role as the aging hot momma (Pffeifer’s best role in years), whilst Paul Rudd is an absolute cack as her much younger suitor. He’s definitely found his footing in comedy of late. But in fact everyone in the film – from Jon Lovitz to Stacey Dash and Fred Willard – is great.

"Heckerling is the queen of feel-good contemporary comedies, and this one has all the elements of a typical Amy offering – oodles of great pop music, wild production values, cameos, and the always-dependable tale of love conquering all. I guess you could say it’s Clueless for the Baby Boomers! I Could Never Be Your Woman is stamped in so much sweetness and features one of the best screen couples since Tom and Meg, that it’ll be about as hard to knock back as a free mystery flight."

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: "Heckerling's writing is as sharp and pithy as ever. It's not a stretch to believe Pfeiffer and Rudd are into each other, especially when they're bouncing on the bed with abandon.Neither actor stands a chance, however, when they share the camera with scene-stealer Saoirse Ronan. The young Irish actress (with a perfect American accent) gives a brilliant performance. Had this movie been out in the marketplace before her Golden Globe nomination for Atonement, she wouldn't have taken everyone by surprise. Her Izzie is a little like what Juno might have been like four years before her pregnancy. And the way Ronan skewers Britney Spears (with an assist from Heckerling's altered lyrics) is the film's comedic highlight.

"It's a pleasant diversion - an enjoyable romantic comedy that has enough going for it to make it worth a recommendation. As a direct-to-video offering, it's a positive triumph. One doesn't see something of this quality suddenly appearing without fanfare on video store shelves. See it for Pfeiffer, who's still sexy past 40. See it for Ronan, who provides a preview of where her career is tracking. See it for the dialogue, which crackles. And see it in the hope that this might represent (albeit unintentionally) the future of the direct-to-video feature."

Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper: "I Could Never Be Your Woman is a comedy that is better than most of the romantic comedies in theatres. It is a knowing, biting feminist satire of the TV business. Michelle Pfeiffer gives a wonderfully antic performance. I'm recommending this film."

Associated Content review: “There are a lot of sly shots at Southern California lifestyles and the Los Angeles culture.

Cinematical review: “The actors in this movie are at their comic best, and make this movie worth watching. Rudd and Pfeiffer make a fun (and very attractive) couple, and Jon Lovitz is strangely believable as Rosie's ex-husband. Fred Willard pops in periodically as a network exec, Stacey Dash (also in Clueless) is a wonderfully pouty and bitchy teen star, and you'd never know that Saoirse Ronan was Irish from her performance as a Southern California pre-teen.

“The DVD contains some deleted scenes and a commentary track from director Amy Heckerling and producer Cerise Hallam Larkin. The commentary track talks primarily about the challenges presented in shooting most of this film in England -- a lot of the supporting cast is British, although you'd never know it from their flawless West Coast accents.

“I Could Never Be Your Woman is a good DVD rental if you want a light comedy with a little romance and a charming cast. And it did one wonderful thing for me -- I was able to overcome my disappointment with Paul Rudd as a romantic lead from Over Her Dead Body. My Paul Rudd crush has been happily restored.”

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Johnny Dangerously, European Vacation, Look Who’s Talking, Loser, A Night at the Roxbury and Clueless).

Written by Amy Heckerling (three Look Who's Talking films, Loser, Baby Talk, Getting it Over With; won a National Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay award for Clueless, which also got her a Writers Guild Award nomination).

Stars Michelle Pfeiffer (Oscar noms for Love Field, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Dangerous Liaisons; won 18 major awards and 14 other noms for films including What Lies Beneath, Wolf, Ladyhawke, One Fine Day, Dangerous Minds, The Age of Innocence, Frankie and Johnny, The Russia House, Married to the Mob, White Oleander, Batman Returns, A Thousand Acres, and Grease 2); Paul Rudd (Night at the Museum, Clueless, 200 Cigarettes, The Object of My Affection, The Shape of Things, Two Days, Romeo + Juliet; award nominations for The Cider House Rules, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and Tracey Ullman (Bullets Over Broadway, Corpse Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Jumpin' Jack Flash, A Dirty Shame, I Love You to Death, Household Saints, Panic, Once Upon a Mattress; won 12 American Comedy Awards, seven Emmys and six more Emmy nominations and nine other awards and five nominations for films and TV series including Ready to Wear, Small Time Crooks, Ally McBeal, Plenty, Tracey Takes On and The Tracey Ullman Show).

Cast includes Saoirse Ronan (nominated for 13 awards for Atonement [including Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA]--winning three; also appeared in Death Defying Acts, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and the Irish TV series Proof and The Clinic); Fred Willard (Waiting for Guffman, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, This is Spinal Tap, The Wedding Planner, Roxanne, won several awards for Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration; three Emmy noms for Everybody Loves Raymond); Sally Kellerman (The Boynton Beach Club, A Little Romance, Back to School, Serial; Oscar nominated and won several awards for M.A.S.H.; won Natiional Board of Review award for Prêt-à-Porter); Henry Winkler (Holes, The Lords of Flatbush, Scream, The Waterboy, Click, Ugly Naked People; won two Golden Globes for Happy Days and was Golden Globe nominated for the films Heroes and Night Shift); Graham Norton (won three BAFTA awards and many other British honors for his hit comedy series So Graham Norton); Jon Lovitz (Big, The Wedding Singer, Rat Race, A League of Their Own, Small Time Crooks; two Emmy noms for Saturday Night Live and a National Board of Review award for Happiness); Stacy Dash (Renaissance Man, Mo'Money; Young Artist Award nom for Clueless); Twink Caplan (Clueless, Look Who's Talking, Pennies From Heaven, A Night at the Roxbury); Yasmine Paige (True True Lies, Wondrous Oblivion) and Sarah Alexander (Bridget Jones's Diary, Coupling).

Executive Producers are Karinne Behr (The Flock, Wake of Death, Modigliani, Irish Jam, Land of the Blind, Crash Bandits); Elie Samaha (The Whole Nine Yards, The Boondock Saints, Rescue Dawn) and Alastair Burlingham (House of 9, The Defender, The Number One Girl).

Produced by Philippe Martinez (The Piano Player, Out of Season, Ultimate Weapon, In Her Defense, The Defender, Dot.Kill, House of 9, Modigliani); Alan Latham (Citizen Verdict, Modigliani, Land of the Blind); Cerise Hallam Larkin (Land of the Blind, The Escapist, Club Le Monde, Bollywood Queen) and Scott Rudin (Oscar nom for The Hours; BAFTA noms for Iris and The Truman Show; won Christopher Award for Marvin's Room; Emmy nom for Little Gloria Happy at Last; Emmy win for He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'; and Golden Satellite nom for In & Out).

Cinematography by Brian Tufano (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Quadrphenia, Last Orders, What Rats Won’t Do; BAFTA noms for Billy Elliott and Middlemarch).

Film Editing by Kate Coggins (Friends & Crocodiles, Land of the Blind and Gideon's Daughter).

Production Design by Jon Henson (Beautiful People, Pure, Esther Kahn).

Art Direction by Patrick Rolfe (28 Days Later, The Libertine, Jane Eyre, The Mayor of Casterbridge).

Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe (City of Angels, Lone Star, Spanglish, Spartan, A Civil Action, Multiplicity; Costume Designers Guild Award and Emmy nom for Annie).

Producer Quote:
Philippe Martinez: "This is a romantic comedy whose target audience is women age 30 and older. Michelle Pfeiffer plays a woman older than the guy she dates, and their story is quite refreshing. What's most appealing about this movie is the magic of Michelle and Paul Rudd; they have amazing chemistry together. This is a great feel good movie. You like the characters and you come out of the theatre smiling. At a very difficult time, in the world, you want to be able to do that.

After a four-year layoff, Michele Pfeifer is on a roll now: Hairspray and Stardust were fantastic for her, as this film will be. Paul Rudd is coming up big time. And writer-director Amy Heckerling, of Look Who’ s Talking, does a fine job here. I think this will be a hit film.

"Blue Rider came at the end of the film, after it had already been shot. At that time, I needed to restructure my company financially and this film is one of the company’s biggest assets. I needed some help and Blue Rider came through for me. Now they are also helping by co-distributing it and funding $10 million to $12 million in publicity and advertising it will require."

Writer-director Quote:
Amy Heckerling: "Michele Pfeiffer returns to the screen in this film, after a four-year absence. She plays Rosie, a single mother who produces Y'ou Go Girl,' a 'Saved by the Bell'-type sitcom on the brink of being canceled. The gag is that she does this show where all the people playing high school students actually have second wives and a bunch of kids. Paul Rudd comes in and reads for a character on the show, and they fall in love."

Co-Star Quote:
Paul Rudd: "It's deceptively layered, as Amy's work tends to be." Of his flamboyant dance scene in a club, Rudd adds: "I don't know why, but all of these movies I'm doing lately [including The 40-Year-Old Virgin] involve an awkward dance. I feel a little self-conscious, but in the end, I must say, I am a little bit of a whore for the dance." On his love scenes in the film, Rudd quipped: "I told my wife, 'Look, I want you to know that I'm going to be making out with Michelle Pfeiffer today, and I will be thinking about...Michelle Pfeiffer." Regarding director Heckerling, Rudd said: “''She swears, she's hilarious, and her no-bullshit meter is right in line.''

Memorable Film Line:
“Mom, when can I have sex?”
“When you have your Masters’ Degree.”

Internet Movie Database entry for I Could Never Be Your Woman

Trailers in English and Greek (various formats)

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