Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language.
Directed By: Ken Kwapais
Written By: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
Staring: Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolley, Scarlett Johansson, Rod Keller, Brooke Bloom, Hedy Burress, Sasha Alexander, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kris Kristofferson
I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. -Mary
Do women still think like this? Are they still so naive? After watching this movie I found some things enjoyable about it, but still had the lingering feeling that this was a feminine regression that exploited stereotypes rather than realistic perspectives. As a woman it became difficult to relate to the situations, but as Justin Long cleared up for me, I guess I must be the exception rather than the rule. Even so, I find it difficult to comprehend that too many women left are quite this gullible, nor do I feel relationships or the sexes are this black and white anymore. The theme for me was not so relevant in today’s society.
I get the appeal the movie has. Women want to watch it and have some relationship or dating epiphany, and while the film manages to entertain while delivering it’s message, the direction and information is fairly generalized. Some of the stuff Long tells the wide eyed Goodwin is pretty simplistic, but fairly enough acknowledged as a reality that is ignored by many women. The problem is that there is no real unveiling, there is no man behind the curtain. Relationships and individuals are far more complicated then a simple set of rules. People, not just women all delude themselves in the dating or love game, but few are as fixated and delusional as some of these characters.
While the content was a subject of irritation, the superficial facade of jokes and charming interaction between a lot of actors that I really enjoy did work to smooth some of the agonizing moments of frustration over for me. Connelly and Aniston both play roles that are actually realistic and tangible. They could actually represent many women already in relationships suffering road bumps you hear people talk about everyday. There was an honesty to each of their roles that gave the contrasting Goodwin a little more integrity. Johansson and Barrymore fell a little more into the category of the irrational crazy that Goodwin also fell into.
What “He’s Just Not That Into You” did a good job of, was addressing the games and confusion of the dating world, and whether that was properly depicted and truthful information was divulged is up for discussion, but either way the film did succeed at moments of laughter, igniting an honest frustration with both sexes, and an overall sense of entertainment. Some of the movie worked and some of it was just a giant mess, a perfect representation of the dating game. Then ending itself was a colossal disappointment, with too many nice little bows that did a basic disservice to the “rules” the rest of the film was busy “teaching” women. I can’t say I liked this, though I can’t say it was horrible to watch. Another backward step for men and women in the movies.