In Theatres: He's Just Not That Into You

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Jennifer Aniston in He's Just Not That Into You

He’s Just Not That Into You
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly

2.5 stars

For fans of the popular Q&A dating guide He’s Just Not That Into You, the Hollywood adaptation of the book has been long anticipated. However, the movie’s release will have audiences questioning whether it was worth the wait.

The best-selling book, written by Sex and the City writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, provided women with some hints on what goes on inside the minds of men while remaining witty, light and even self-ridiculing. Fans of the book will find the movie lacks the same entertainment. Instead, they can expect a long two hours full of rejection, break-ups and cheating.

The movie deserves praise for wandering into unconventional territory and posing those questions one never dares to ask (can you chase after a married man?) " but after eight months of marketing the movie as a comedy, He’s Just Not That Into You delivers more harsh realities than laughs.

Still, women will acknowledge the script for noteworthy lines that will have them reflecting on their own use of the words. As for the rest of the script, the writers probably could have used some help from Behrendt and Tuccillo to translate the lighthearted dialogue of the book to the big screen.

The cast, though talented, is overbearing. With a multitude of stories going on, it becomes difficult to keep track of all of them, causing some characters like Mary (Barrymore) to appear unnecessary. The large cast limits each character to no more than one dimension, making it difficult for the audience to sympathize with some characters.

That said, the movie proves touching in a form most viewers would not expect, suggesting true romance comes in the form of commitment rather than a ring.

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