Movie Review: 'He's Just Not That Into You'

Movie Review: 'He's Just Not That Into You'

Summary: Based on the best selling book and the media sensation of He's Just Not That Into You, the film is a story of dating and love through several characters.

Published February 6, 2009



Summary : Based on the best selling book and the media sensation of He's Just Not That Into You, the film is a story of dating and love through several characters.

Review : Drew Barrymore , Ben Affleck , Jennifer Aniston , Jennifer Connelly and Scarlett Johansson -- it doesn't get more A list than this. Viewers will walk in with high expectations due to the stellar cast and the cult following of He's Just Not That Into You , which has been featured on Sex and the City and Oprah .

The film comes on strong and sprinkles some cute zingers for dating like "rejected by seven different technologies," but the movie is mostly filled with too many story lines/characters and not enough conflict. With its overstuffed plot, there are nine leads, which are absolutely impossible to follow in a shoddy ninety minutes. Each scenes plays like random diary entries ripped out of nine different journals and slapped into a script.

There is the unhappy married woman in Connelly. The happy woman who wants to get married in Aniston. The earthy lonely chick in Barrymore. The predictable femme fatale in Johansson. By the end, everything works as expected and the movie oddly plays into exactly what it is against—stop living these delusional fantasies and work on yourself. But, with the exception of one character, everyone gets their fantasy. It would be great if the writers followed their own advice.

What He's Just Not That Into You is desperately attempting to do is mimic the chemistry and real-life scenarios of Sex and the City .  For ninety minutes the women are in a maniac desperation for one good man in predicaments that I hope no human being would reduce themselves to. Unlike Sex and the City, you are rarely routing for the women or on their side. You are more so thinking, "I don't know anyone who is that dumb."

Of course the acting is strong; no one in this film is short of theatrical chops. However, even with the great casting, each character was in their own individual movies versus an ensemble cast.  He's Just Not That Into You might have translated better as four to five 20 minute short stories on HBO.

On a side note, for a movie that is based in Baltimore, the only blacks and Latinos in the cast are waiters and construction workers.

He's Just Not That Into You works for an hour episode of Oprah and thirty-minute episode of Sex and the City , but as a full length movie—I'm just not that into it.

Written by Clay Cane

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