He’s Just Not that into You My Reviews 02 MAR 2009

He is just not that into youNow here’s an interesting conundrum. Here is a proper, A-grade ‘chick flick’ that women will absolutely adore and men will certainly enjoy, but not because it is funny, no, rather because it details real life and women’s often completely illogical rationale when it comes to romance, making it all the more humorous simply because that is exactly how it happens in real life, all around you and more importantly, all the time.

Nothing is forced, everything flows naturally, it leaves you with no Hollywood perfect ending, but at the same time it jerks hard enough at the heart strings so as to release those all important tears, signaling just how emotionally attaching this thoroughly entertaining and engrossing story really is.

He’s just not that into You is directed by Ken Kwapis, no stranger to the romantic comedy genre with his previous effort being the fairly enjoyable Licence to Wed starring Robin Williams, Mandy Moore and John Krasinski. The movie is based on the bestselling self-improvement book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (which in turn was inspired from a line out of the popular Sex and the City series) and features a star-studded ensemble of A-list celebrities, including the likes of Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper and Kris Kristofferson.

The film itself is made up of a number of interleaving, thinly connected story arcs, each detailing a woman and her respective relationship woes, each covering a different aspect of relationships in today’s world. For example, just to name a few, we have the couple who married because she threatened him, the couple who aren’t married because he doesn’t want to, the man who loves a woman that doesn’t want love from him, the forever online girl who can’t seem to relate to men in real life, the ever optimistic girl who is forever looking for the signs leading to her extraordinary, true love affair and the man who is just so jaded that he shuts true love completely out of his life.

And then, jammed right in the middle just because it can, we get three completely unrelated, funny as heck, inserts discussing aspects regarding modern day romance. Talk about a busy film!

The arcs themselves are all nicely tied together and the movie flows along at a good pace, keeping you intrigued and switching about often enough so as to keep you interested and keep the boredom well at bay. Ultimately the movie isn’t a particularly exciting movie to watch (or particularly romantic at that), but it is oh so charming, real-life, witty and genuinely worth of a smile or two, making the whole experience a throughly rewarding one. Each and every one of the actors puts in an absolutely a-class performance, with perhaps the biggest tip of the hat going out to Ginnifer Goodwin who simply steals the spotlight in each and every scene that she is featured in.

Simply put, just about all the girls that have seen this movie have ABSOLUTELY loved it, so that in itself screams ‘must take partner to the cinemas in hope of some nookie later’ louder than any Swiss yodeler could ever hope to yodel.

Do yourself a favour and watch it. You really won’t be disappointed.

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Related link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1001508/

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.