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This review is from: He's Just Not That Into You (DVD)
With all this talent one would expect something great. After seeing many negative reviews, I hoped for at least something good, but got something dreadful. I kept trying to find something to like about this movie as I normally love Jen Anniston, but even she could'nt save this clunker. Her character, along with Affleck's, were the best out of the bunch. Theirs was the most genuine and realistic out of all the "love" situations. I found Goodwin's character absolutely obnoxious. Who in real life would be that insecure and needy? Any man in his right mind would run from that. Especially a womanizer who had his share of beautiful women and then he unknowingly falls for her afer she attacks him on the sofa? Gag me. As for the love triangle between Scarlett's character and two men, how cliche. Of course the femme fatalle would be played by a busty blonde. Then there is Connelly's portrayal of a pathetic wife who only snared her husband by giving him an ultimatum and then refusing to sleep with him. Upon finding out about is infidelity she accepts it quite calmly until she further discovers he is sneaking cigarettes. Sneaking sex is acceptable, but he could get lung cancer!! Then there is Drew Barrymore's air-headed character of a modern day woman who can't figure out how to communicate with all the different technologies in today's world. I had to roll my eyes throughout much of this film as these women were a bunch of one dimensional, pathetic whiners made to look weak, needy and less than. Real women are not like this, at least the ones I know. Thank goodness. What surprises me most is that all these A-list actors signed up for this vapid drivel in the first place. Musta have been a heck of a paycheck. I guess the moral of this film is that as a society we, as women, are programmed to believe that a man likes us if he treats us badly. Very highschool concept, most of us grow out of that. This film not recommended for intelligent women.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2010 12:19:30 AM PST
maureen lynn says:
Exactly! This movie takes every cliche' about male/female stereotypes and runs with it for 129 minutes too long. At first I kept hoping it was sarcasm but alas, sarcasm requires wit and intelligence, two things this movie lacked. Do not waste your time on this predictable disappointment.
Posted on Sep 21, 2011 10:32:30 PM PDT
Agree, I wanted so much to like this movie and even learn from it but sadly it was lacking.
Posted on Oct 11, 2011 6:55:15 PM PDT
C. P. Bell says:
Agreed. I'd go one step farther, however, and suggest that this movie isn't for intelligent people period. Even worse than the book and I didn't even think that was possible.
Posted on Mar 27, 2013 2:59:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2013 1:50:03 PM PDT
You're entitled to your opinion, of course, different strokes for different folks, but I'm an intelligent person and I love this movie. I found plenty of substance. You've glossed over/misunderstood some key points. Jennifer Connolly didn't say she refused her husband sex, it was muddier than that- whether he was bored with her or they were bored with each other or she no longer trusted him, or all of the foregoing. And the central point about the cigarettes was, she was willing to take responsibility for entrapping him, thus the disappointed but tolerant attitude on his infidelity, but the lying about smoking was just a reflection of his lack of character, basic dishonesty, which she could NOT tolerate. This point was made very clearly by the fact that he lied to his best friend Ben Affleck too about smoking, for no reason at all (he lied to Affleck several times).
The film was full of such subtle points. True, it painted some people in broad strokes indeed, e.g., Goodwin's character, but I've known hundreds of single women like Goodwin, from middle school to the present- they\re not quite as overt about it, but they're hungry for love and looking for it occupies their thoughts, and much of their time
Drew Barrymore neither said nor implied she couldn't figure out technology, indeed, she was a successful online advertising rep- what she said was that it was exhausting, she decried having to check so many sources of messages only to find that no-one had left any. Quite prescient, I thought, in this age of facebook and people committing suicide because they don't have facebook friends, that at the end she cancels her myspace account.
I understand how you could say the women were whiners, pathetic, etc. (tho I didn't think there was THAT much whining going on). But the whole point was to overcome, to rise above, and all of them did, basically, and I gloried in that. Yay! By the end of the movie Goodwin was strong, the one in control. She doesn't just crumble when Alex professes his love. It's HER call.
Granted, the women in the movie aren't talking about art or literature or philosophy, they're talking about finding love, but that's what the movie's ABOUT, and I, for one, loved it.
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