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He's Just Not That Into You
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00

ThumbnailHe’s Just Not That Into You simultaneously makes me want to rush into a loving embrace while listening to sappy love songs and munching Valentine chocolates. It also makes me want to scarf back those chocolates until I gain 50 lbs and then stab my own heart out with a butter knife. There is certainly a mixed message that takes us from the soaring heights to the dirtiest underbelly of modern-day romance.

Quite honestly I can’t say that I enjoyed this film. I looked forward to it - anticipated it even - due to the fact that I have a liking and respect for almost everyone in the huge cast. I thought it looked cute and funny based on the previews. But I spent most of the movie just feeling angry. Angry at the films portrayal of all women as bubble-headed idiots; angry with myself for occasionally being a bubble-headed idiot; angry that the men in the film are portrayed as stereotypical asses; angry that men sometimes they fit that stereotype. I guess I would liken this film to reading a Cosmo magazine; you know there’s some truth in there but you have to filter through a lot of embarrassing garbage to get it.

As far as romantic comedies go He’s Just Not That Into You is quite diverse and does try to make you think. I didn’t get many warm-and-fuzzy feelings since it’s really quite a cynical look at modern relationships covering everything from bad blind dates, to extramarital affairs, to unrequited love.

ThumbnailThe performances are good, especially Jennifer Connelly in her portrayal of an uptight wife whose husband cheats. She gets beneath the surface and shows a woman who may have a hardened exterior but is actually very angry, scared, and hurt. She is almost so good that it’s like she’s in a different movie altogether. Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long reunite, having once starred as nerdy high-school kids together in the TV show Ed. She’s adorable but her character comes across as scary-desperate. Men would not want to meet her in a dark alley for fear of being pounced and having their phone numbers stolen.  Goodwin and Long do have great scenes together though, holding their own against more famous folks like Jennifer Anniston and Ben Affleck. Most of the characters are linked in some way, and it’s certainly fun and interesting to see heavy-hitters like Anniston, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson all sharing small amounts of screen time. It’s nearly impossible to list all the familiar faces.

The movie flops between moments of insight and charm to moments that are the cinematic equivalent of a multiple-choice relationship quiz. Give yourself a score of 10-points if you don’t fit any of the stereotypes portrayed in this film! Otherwise, you might want to give some more thought to that butter knife I was mentioning… You know Valentine’s Day is coming up.