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2009 Romance/Comedy based on book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

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ARE YOU THE EXCEPTION...OR ARE YOU THE RULE??

  • Jun 18, 2009
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Is  He's Just Not That Into You a predictable chick flick, or does this movie have something important to say about contemporary relationships?

You will probably have to decide that for yourself, but I found it watchable—I must have, because I saw it twice at the theatre, and I bought the DVD!—but then, that's me. If I don't expect too much from a film, and if there is a cast of exceptional actors, then I will probably really enjoy it.

Some of the reviews of this movie complained about the huge cast, but to me, it was kind of like a slice of real life—albeit singles life in the New Millennium—with a group of interconnected characters. It was more than a series of vignettes, like you might have found in the old Robert Altman films, since the characters were all connected in some way (via a kind of six-degrees-of-separation fashion); furthermore, the same characters kept popping up often enough that you could actually follow their adventures, as they attempt to figure out the "rules" for singles life.

Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore are some of the major stars you'll find here. They are fun to watch and bring out some interesting points about how men and women view relationships in very different ways. Nothing new there!

For these reasons, I decided to grant five stars to this flick.

Laurel-Rain Snow
Author of: Chasing Stardust, etc.

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review by . February 12, 2009
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First off, when did matinee for movies start costing $8.75?? Maybe I was spoiled with $4 Tuesday movies in my college town.. but what in the!  I liked the book - but to be perfectly honest, I didn't finish reading it because the stories just got repetitive after a while.  I did however, thoroughly enjoy the movie.  + Gigi was SO awkward in this movie that I cringed every time she had a "lightbulb moment" or a new idea on how to reel in another guy. One of my favorites: …
review by . May 10, 2009
"If a guy doesn't call you, he doesn't want to call you."       Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Two characters are desperately looking for love in the right places, but with the wrong guys.   2. One character is in love with another character, who's just not that into him.   3. One is married, but infatuated with another, who's also infatuated with him.   4. Two are living together, but only one of them wants …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
130 minutes of insecure whining that makes both men and women look pathetic. And then there's the Mac Guy! "Hey, Mac Guy!"
review by . April 07, 2009
I went and saw this movie because I went to high school with one of the ladies in the film. She was good! But then I had to sit through the other 3 hours of the movie.  I love bad romantic comedies, and this certainly was one. The issue I had with it was that it was trying to be something a little artier, a little more thought-provoking and a little more than an hour longer than it should have been. I'm glad that romantic comedies are trying to be more indie and interesting, but this movie …
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He's Just Not That Into You is a movie based on the best selling book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.  The movie opened on February 6, 2009 with a $27.5 million debut.
 The movie takes place in Baltimore and follows a group of young 20 something year olds as they live work their way through dating and discover whether they are "the exception" or "the rule."  

Gigi [Ginnifer Goodwin] - single girl playing the dating game and waiting for guys to call
Beth [Jennifer Aniston] - dating and lives with boyfriend of seven years, Neil [Ben Affleck]. However, marriage is not in the picture and may never be in the picture for Neil. 
Ben [Bradley Cooper] - married to Janine [Jennifer Connelly], but attracted to Anna [Scarlett Johanson]
Conor [Kevin Connolly] - Anna's "boyfriend" for the time being.
Mary [Drew Barrymore] - single girl playing the dating game ... via the internet.
Alex [Justin Long] - Gigi's go to friend for man advice

The movie touches on the basics "problems" of dating - someone who won't call you back, someone who won't sleep with you, someone who doesn't want to get married. The truth is... he/she is just not that into you.  The question is... will you be lucky enough to be the exception?


 
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