BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003797Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
How Do You Know
BLU-RAY disk
04.07.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
How Do You Know order download
Director:
James L. Brooks

Actors:
Reese Witherspoon
Paul Rudd
Owen Wilson

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Lisa is having a bad day, sheís just been cut from the softball team that pretty much was her life and sheís starting to realize that her boyfriend isnít exactly soul mate material. George isnít having the best day either, his company is being looked into for fraud and itís him theyíre looking into. Somehow these two meet and despite all the chaos manage to hit it off.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím assuming the title of this film, HOW DO YOU KNOW is supposed to come off as a witty question about love in this confusing day and age but to be perfectly honest, I donít know and donít really care as the only thing confusing me is how a ridiculous script like this got to see the light of day let alone attract the cast that it did. This is being advertised as a romantic comedy but thereís nothing overly romantic or funny about it. This flick is a mess and let me count the ways.

Well I suppose first of all, I donít really buy the idea of meeting someone for the first time on potentially the worst day of your life and still coming out on top to be viable in this day and age. People have less of an attention span or desire to work on a relationship nowadays than ever before and first impressions make or break a person now more than ever especially when it comes to a womanís first impression of a guy. Itís not like men are more tolerable but just that women are pretty picky (and I donít blame them) so most times we guys donít get the three strike rule, its one strike and weíre outta there. In this case, Iím not saying Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) had the best relationship going with Matty (Owen Wilson) but that first meeting for dinner with George (Paul Rudd) was one of the most awkward disasters Iíve ever seen and thereís no way a woman with choices (as Lisa clearly has, bad day or no) would ever give him a second chance.

The other thing I found to be disturbing about this film was the situation surrounding Ruddís character and/or his relationship with his father (Jack Nicholson). Most times when a father and son run a business of any kind, theyíre doing this because theyíre a tight unit running the family business. Now if a business commits fraud the last thing I would expect to see is father turn on son, shafting him with the blame. Iím sorry but I just have a hard time swallowing that. There should always be a least a couple ass kissing executives on the payroll for that very reason, so that if crunch time ever does come you have a lackey or two to hand over on a silver platter. Sure, that doesnít sound like all that better of a solution but itís far more believable than a father handing over his son.

HOW DO YOU KNOW doesnít do well as a comedy due to the various obstacles that fall in our two main charactersí paths. Thereís not a hell of a lot of romance to throw on the fire either as we have both characters going through a hefty amount of relationship problems as well. The only saving grace here (and donít get me wrong, itís not nearly enough to merit a watch) is Owen Wilson who rises out of sidekick shadow where heís been lurking lately and manages to put out the only real laughs this film has to offer. And even then, the humour found therein is guy humour and not overly romantic. I have nothing against romantic comedies or any of the cast found here but you can only do so much with the script youíre given and this was a losing battle from the start.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are two commentaries to choose from; one with the filmmakers which is no more exciting than the film itself and a slightly better one featuring the director and Owen Wilson but like the film, even Wilsonís wit canít save this commentary.

Deleted Scenes: Thereís about a half hour of extra scenes here that are just as jumbled and ridiculous as the movie but the ďwho do I have to beat orgasmĒ bit was pretty funny.

Blooper Reel: These are two minutes of sad, sad attempts at humour, shoot me now.

Extra Innings: I was hoping that since this flick deals in baseball that maybe they included the old Nintendo game for kicks. They didnít, this is just some forgettable behind the scenes stuff.

A Conversation with James L. Brooks and Hans Zimmer: This is a very long and loathsome conversation and I swear I saw Zimmer nod off a couple times during Brooksí ramblings.

Interactive Script Gallery: If youíve watched the film already there is absolutely no need of looking at the script page by page, no need of it whatsoever.

The ďGeorgeĒ with Optional Commentary: This is a two minute verbal explanation of Georgeís cocktail that he makes in the film.

Previews: There are a couple trailers and some BD-LIVE content if youíre hooked up to the web.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I like a good romantic comedy ever now and again but because of the many, witty, well written gems out there itís painfully obvious to me when thereís no TLC in the script. What we have here is a bare husk of a film with a couple good ideas but far too many problems to overlook. Itís not the worst Iíve ever seen but itís pretty damn close.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

Best Selling

| March 2017 More Best Selling
  • 1
    Fantastic Beasts
  • 2
    Sing
  • 3
    Moana
  • 4
    Doctor Strange
  • 5
    Fifty Shades Darker

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting