How to Please a Woman (2022) movie review

Gina (Sally Phillips) is a middle manager at a company called Lifeline Liquidation (an apt metaphor for what’s to come). She and her husband are basically platonic roommates. She regularly goes for long distance swimming in the ocean with a group of friends. For Jenna’s birthday, these women buy her a stripper named Tom (Alexander England), who shows up at her door and starts crunching and grinding. She is not interested. In fact, she is panicked, but she wants him to clean her living room with his shirt. Would this be okay? It turns out, it is. Something stirs in her, an idea of ​​fun, an idea of ​​asking what she wants in a judgment-free zone. Besides his side business as a stripper, Tom works for a moving company (called “Glad to Move You,” another metaphor). When Gina is laid off from her job for no reason other than anti-aging, she decides to buy Tom’s moving company (on the verge of “liquidating” her previous company), turning it into a new company where the workers are men who clean homes and also provide sex.

The coincidences needed to keep the premise afloat (what are the odds that a random stripper will also work for the company that was commissioned to liquidate, etc.) strains faith, but once the story settles down and the company starts working, comedy and depth ensue. Surprisingly, the guys at the moving company are a game for Gina’s new business plan, although there is a bit of a learning curve. None of them had any experience with this kind of thing. The first clients are all of Jenna’s friends. Tom is good at the sexual aspect, but terrible at cleaning. Another guy who’s great at cleaning up but awful at sex. Both issues need to be addressed, which Jenna does quickly and professionally. She is a natural entrepreneur. She interviews potential clients in her car, listening to what they want and how they want it. Some women want sex, some don’t. Some are very specific. (I loved the elderly woman who said she wanted to “head” toward orgasm, then experience “total annihilation.”) Some have no idea how to order what they want.

Steve (Eric Thompson), owner of the moving company, heads up the IT department on this new venture, and one of the movers, Ben (Josh Thompson), handles office supplies. (One of the funniest scenes is that Ben has to “fill in” for one of the men who can’t make an appointment. Ben is in a panic. But it must be done. Ben advances. Ben hides the depths.) The script is very witty and three lines (“Can we skip Dinner?” “One is never enough.” and “That was the highlight of my profession”) made me laugh out loud. But Webster sneaks in in those deep moments in what appears to be an informal exchange. Early in the process, a mover went over to Steve to speak to him privately, saying, “I’m not quite sure I can reliably say I know how to please a woman.” Steve thinks about this for a moment and replies, “If you can say that, you’re better than most people.”

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