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He's Just Not That Into You

Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Ken Kwapis
Starring: Jennifer Aniston,
Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly
Released by: New Line Cinema

In Short: An impressive cast of pretty, handsome and successful actors cannot save this film from the bad fiction script adapted from the best-selling self-help book of the same name.
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Just Not That Into This Flick
An All-Star Cast Cannot Save This Relationship

When "Sex and the City" series writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo coined the term "He's Just Not That Into You" for an episode of the show, then parlayed it into a best-selling how-to book that was truly helpful for single women to understand why men behave the way they do, they should have stopped right there.

But alas, Hollywood noticed their success, and the result is this interminable film of the same name that follows a group of twenty-to-thirtysomethings around Baltimore. Some are single and looking for love (or, in the case of the guys, lust); that group includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore (who also produced the movie), Kevin Connolly, and Justin Long. Some are living together and want more (Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck), while others are married, but not exactly happily (Jennifer Connelly and Bradley Cooper).

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Connelly in He's Just Not That Into You Drew Barrymore and Kevin Connolly in He's Just Not That Into You

With such a talented and successful group of actors, you'd think that this romantic comedy-drama might actually have a few laughs and a few emotional moments thrown in, too. Instead, for over two hours, they talk and talk and TALK, with nary a clever line to be found buried in the mess.

Even worse, He's Just Not That Into You doesn't touch our emotions, except for one extremely rip-roaring hot sex scene between Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper—she a single girl and he a married man—which takes place in his office. Sadly, that one moment of excitement is cut short when Jennifer Connelly, who plays his wife, knocks on the door.

But one fifteen-second scene does not make a good movie, and by the time the credits roll, only one thing is certain: that we were really just not that into this flick, despite its impressive star power.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters



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(Updated: 02/06/09 KR)

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