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He’s Just Not That into You (2009)

Make note not to watch this when looking for relationship advice, read the book instead.

Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson lead an all-star ensemble cast of characters dealing with the pitfalls of love and human interaction in this big-screen adaptation of Greg Behrendt’s best-selling book. Set in Baltimore, director Ken Kwapis’s film moves swiftly between a host of storylines brought to life by a stellar lineup of actors that also includes Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long.

The film is based off a advice book on relationships, which get this, was written by a dude, Greg Behrendt. I never have read the book, and really have no inspiration to read it anyway, since I’am just so P.I.M.P. But after watching this, never will I read it.

I had a huge problem with this film cause I could just tell by the trailer, that every single romantic dramedy cliche was going to be used. At points, the film did grab me with a couple of good points about relationships, and dating, but they were just all taken down by the obvious, “these two live happily ever after ending.” Even though some, do end up with no one, but i can’t give too much away.

This film just proves that bigger, is not always better (non-sexually). The cast is filled with a lot of great attractive stars, however none of them feel real. Just watching half of these people interact with one another just felt like they were phoning in every second just to get the huge paycheck, that will have an even better payback, cause the box-office would be so high. Only a couple of exceptions of the acting would be Jennifer Aniston who gives one great emotional scene, and Jennifer Connelly, who once again, is breaking mirrors. The best here is Ginnifer Goodwin, who is very funny, and quirky, but not without being very true to the type of character that it looks like the script wants her to be.

There are funny moments too, its just not that their funny enough. There is a really dry spot in the middle, although it does hold your attention for about 1/3 of the movie, even though it drops it later.

Consensus: He’s Just Not That into You, could have been an important film about relationships, instead is dry, cliched beyond belief, and has some charming performances, but most seem wooden.



13 responses to “He’s Just Not That into You (2009)

  1. Heather May 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I couldn’t stand this one. Here was my review on it. I think we had pretty similar things to say. Great minds I guess. 🙂

  2. Paragraph Film Reviews May 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I watched the last hour of this the other night. WHAT THE FUCK!? It’s ridiculous. Like a teenage high-school flick but they couldn’t be assed hanging the script for older professionals.

    Absolute rubbish. (Scarlett’s baps though!!!)

  3. Kevin Blumeyer May 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    The only tolerable portion of the whole movie was the Affleck/Aniston segment. Those two should make a whole movie together.

  4. mcarteratthemovies May 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    My beef with this is that there was one story with any emotional heft (the Jennifer Connelly/Bradley Cooper marriage), and the rest were totally useless. Ginnifer Goodwin is endearing, and I suspect if any other actress was in the part it would have been unbearable.

    Interestingly enough, the film’s website has a video that’s way more funny than the actual movie, a recap of all the romcom cliches you won’t find in “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Go watch that instead of the movie.

  5. Addicted to Films June 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Yeah it was bad. I didn’t believe the characters. Nothing more than “big name” actors reading lines.

  6. koungaroo June 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    dude this movie had some good parts

  7. Franz Patrick July 18, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Do you prefer this over “Valentine’s Day?” Haha.

  8. Sofa Slipcover · November 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    the great thing about jennifier connelly is that she still looks hot eventhough she is already a bit old these days ,

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