Movie review: 'That's What She Said'

Not even a fully committed performance by Anne Heche as socially repellant boozer Dee Dee buoys “That's What She Said,” a grim and grimy gross-out comedy about three women dealing with romantic disaster on a completely unproductive slog through Manhattan.
Oklahoman Modified: October 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012

Director Carrie Preston worked on a modest budget, but given the resources and technology available to independent filmmakers, it appears that the comedy's cheap-looking visuals and unflattering camera work were an aesthetic choice. While the timing for “That's What She Said” could not be better, coming in the wake of fearless female comedies such as “Bridesmaids” and “Bachelorette,” Preston squanders her film's pop-cultural positioning by making a gross-out comedy that inspires few laughs and a great deal of uncomfortable silence.

Heche is a completely game comic actor, and she proved it with her excellent performance in last year's “Cedar Rapids,” but the material never matches her obvious enthusiasm during Dee Dee's daylong descent. When “That's What She Said,” which is currently showing on Video On Demand, ends with an outpouring of emotions from the group, the sudden catharsis feels unearned and contrived, but at least it happens after a mercifully short running time.

George Lang


‘That's What She Said'

R1:243 stars

Starring: Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat, Marcia DeBonis.

(Sexual content and language)


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