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He's Just Not That Into You
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06.18.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Ken Kwapis

Actors:
Ginnifer Goodwin
Bradley Cooper
Jennifer Aniston

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A handful of relationships involving both single and married couples intertwine and evolve as each participant struggles to find true love. But despite the ups and downs, each relationship manages to teach everyone a little about love and a lot about yourself.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I think America is starved for a decent, thought provoking yet lighthearted love story. Ever since Julia left the romcoms behind and Sandra Bullock stopped reading scripts, there’s been a void in the romcom arena. That void paves way for films like this and the results are mixed. Basically, I give an A for the effort, but a D for the results.

There’s a glaring problem with HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU that the film can’t hide from. The problem is so obvious that it permeates onscreen and prevents anyone from getting too involved in the film. That problem, to be blunt, is Ginnifer Goodwin. I don’t want to slam her, or dedicate too much time to her performance, but let’s just say I have trouble understanding why she’s the lead in this film. It wouldn’t be so bad, but they surrounded her with several A-listers that can handle a film and actually have a screen presence. She neither has the presence or the talent to be anything more than a bit player in a film like this.

The individual stories are pretty decent. I enjoyed Ben and Jen and Bradley and Jen’s relationship and I could have dealt with a film focusing solely on them. They provided glimpses into more mature relationships and the struggles and pitfalls that come with being with someone for an extended period of time. Or, I could have dealt with a film that focused on Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin’s characters. I enjoyed the obvious truths about dating that Justin had to point out to Ginnifer on a consistent basis. However, the intermixing of the stories felt awkward and none of them were given enough time to be fully developed. Add to that Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Connolly and the film turned into an absolute mess.

Aside from Goodwin, the other performances weren’t that bad. Again, no one had enough time to really get into them, but I liked what little I saw. I miss seeing Affleck on the big screen and Cooper is so close to superstardom that he’s practically stepping in it. If they had eliminated a couple of stories, I think this could have been a much better film.
THE EXTRAS
Duet for Telephones (4:02): The director sits down and talks about how he crafted the phone conversations between Goodwin and Long. It was a nice look at how a phone conversation is crafted. I actually found this interesting and it was a nice look at some of the thoughts going into filming a scene.

How 6 Simple Words Inspired a Book and a Movie (11:04): In case you didn’t know, the book was inspired by the episode of Sex and the City. They talk about that here and how everything came to be. Then everyone goes into their own interpretations of the phrase. It was pretty decent, despite there being too many movie scenes.

Baltimore Blade: This is a clickable “newspaper” that allows you to see the little interviews that were featured at the end of the film. They’re each about three minutes long and they do contain some footage not seen in the film. It’s okay, but we already got the gist of it from the film.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (13:45): Over half of the scenes focus on Johansson’s character, which is funny because she was my least favorite. There was a whole storyline with her mom that was cut out. There was also an alternate meeting of Connolly and Barrymore that was kind of weird.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are some cute moments and some “that’s-what-I-always-say” moments, but when taken as a movie, this is subpar. It’s a convoluted mess and Goodwin’s lack of screen presence diminishes the entire film.
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