He's Just Not That Into You
- Director:Ken Kwapis
- Cast:Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlet Johannsen, Justin Long
- Release Date:February 12, 2009
- Running time:129 minutes
- Film Worth:$7.00
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“...an amusing ride – up to a point...”
Claiming to be the ‘rom com of the century', He's Just Not That Into You is an amusing ride - up to a point. Starring an absolute plethora of names that not even Richard Curtis could have put together, including the three Jennifers: Aniston, Connelly and Ginnifer Goodwin as well as Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore... the list is a veritable who's who of chick flick stylings throughout the last ten years.
Based on a book of the same name which was written by a male/female duo, the film offers single men and women some simple advice: if he's not calling you, if she's not sleeping with you etc, he/she is just not that into you. Told through the main characters of Gigi (Goodwin), Beth (Aniston) and Ben (Bradley Cooper), the narrative switches between the stories of the characters and their love lives, and ‘person on the street' interviews, which highlight every reason why relationships fail.
Most of the film is amusing; particularly the single woman psychosis Gigi displays which the majority female audience will surely identify with, and the hard hitting truths that Alex (Justin Long) offers her to get through every date. Though one tries to avoid the comparison with that famous New York based television show about women and dating, the similarities abound down to the interspersed writing that comes up on the screen. The film's real downfall is that it betrays itself in the last twenty minutes. Apparently the Hollywood machinery couldn't handle the book's thesis and so the film ends with everyone apparently being very into everyone else.
Though it offers many laughs and cringe-worthy moments of failed male/female interaction, in denying its own title the film becomes just another dream factory romantic comedy.