Tuesday, 10 February 2009

He's just not that into you..

Ok, so here it is:

Warning: MAJOR chick-flick alert! He's just not that into you (based on the book of the same name, by Greg Behrendt of Oprah fame..) is a laugh out loud rom-com, with all the happy ending, feel-good gooeyness that a good chick flick needs.

It follows the stories of the desperate for love GiGi (Ginnifer Goodwin - Walk the Line), happily unmarried Neil (Ben Affleck), and his not so happily unmarried partner Beth (Jennifer Aniston), internet romantic Mary (Drew Barrymore), the would-be cheat Ben (Bradley Cooper - Yes Man) and his neurotic wife Janine (Jennifer Connolly), temptress Anna (Scarlett Johansson), and the man hopelessly in lust with her, Connor (Kevin Connolly)
Still with me? Good...
Throw Alex (Justin Long) in as the straight talking voice of logic, and you got...well, not movie magic, but a lot of big names and a decent film!

It has a lot of what you'd expect, the usual girly film way of making men out to be the spawn of satan, with all their male ways (boo hiss and the like...) but this is kinda equalised by Anna (Johannson), the brazen hussy one, and I found her to be very unlikeable as a character (but whether or not this is just a general dislike of Johansson in general, I don't know..)

Justin Long, as Alex, is the one to watch, playing the role of sarcastic (but caring!) love cynic to perfection, of course, delivering the line we all love to hate: 'he's just NOT that into you!!' (I think I fell a little bit in love with him by the end though...)

Ginnifer Goodwin is also fantastic, playing the hopeless romantic, just looking for love. I think we've all been her at one stage or another, which makes her so likeable. I couldn't help but cringe as she made excuses for her disastrous dates ('maybe he lost my number' or 'he's sick'...sound familiar??) and left the babbling message on the voicemail...she's genuinly endearing, and a great character.

All of the other performances are delivered well, as you would expect from such names (apart from possibly Barrymore's, it seemed a bit underplayed, and IMO there wasn't much need for her character at all..)

And of course, as I said before, you get the Hollywood happy ending that we all so secretly love, So hey...go see it. Even if it is just a chance for director Ken Kwapis to drop some heavy's 2 hours of fluff that'll keep you entertained and put a smile on your face. I give it six and a half out of ten...

So! There it overdue and first ever review. And now you see why I don't write them!

P.S. - Interested to see what any guys think of this movie...if they can be dragged into it, of course!


PaddyInEngland said...

this looks like the biggest pile of dog poo ever!

but i quite like love actually! dont tell anyone!

Lottie said...


Only joking. I've heard good things. Looking forward to seeing it.