Feb 06, 2009|
(USA) Category IIB. What started out as a line uttered in an episode of “Sex and the City” has since become an Oprah-endorsed self-help book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, and now the mother of all chick flicks featuring an all star cast. “He’s Just Not That Into You” is the obvious but dreaded answer that no woman wants to hear when she wonders why the guy she’s seeing is not calling her, not marrying her, or not sleeping with her. Or worse, why he’s sleeping with someone else.
The film’s various relationships involve nine individuals, each with a different approach to dating and marriage. Alex (Justin Long) is a bar manager who dispenses the film’s titular piece of wisdom to clueless Gigi (Ginnfer Goodwin), a single girl who commits every possible dating faux pas. Her actions turn off potential partners including realtor Connor (Kevin Connolly), who wishes he could get back into the pants of his old friend-with-benefits, hot blonde yoga instructor Anna (Scarlett Johansson). Anna, however, is set on the very married Ben (Bradley Cooper), a lawyer whose marriage to Janine (Jennifer Connelly) is crumbling. Janine’s co-worker Beth (Jennifer Aniston) has to deal with her live-in boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck) and his marriage commitment issues. Rounding up the ensemble is newspaper editor Mary (Drew Barrymore), who relies on social networking sites for dates. Phew!
Feminists may balk at this film for stereotyping females as insecure, needy, neurotic and uptight. But it tries to offer a realistic angle that raises this above your average chick flick. Standing out among the likable cast are Goodwin, whose delusional character ends up in some embarrassingly cringe-worthy moments, and the voluptuous Johansson, who oozes sensuality as the temptress. Needless to say, this isn’t the best movie to see with a new date, as it explores things often better left unsaid. Rather, it could serve as a timely reminder for those oblivious to the signs of when to let go and move on in relationships.