Saturday, June 6, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You on DVD

Maybe it wasn't the best idea to base a movie on the already thin premise of Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo's book. The tough love theme is voiced by the character of Alex, played by Justin Long.

Long's character is about the only interesting one in the movie. Or maybe I just have a soft spot for the floppy-haired Mac guy.

The cast is pretty impressive: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johannson, Kevin Connolly and even a grizzled Kris Kristofferson.

In between the ensemble cast multi plotlines, When Harry Met Sally-esque "real people" type cameos talking about relationship. If you don't figure out that these bits are as scripted as the rest of the movie, then the appearance of Cristine Rose (aka "Angela Petrelli" from Heroes) should clue you in.

Despite the macho posturing of the title, it is in fact a classic chick flick. Most of the stories resolve with the typical happily ever after endings. Most satisfying of those resolutions is perhaps that of Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin's characters. Although, like I said, I do have a soft spot for the floppy haired Mac guy...Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston's relationship wraps up with the commitment-phobic male pleading for his long-suffering girl friend to marry him.

Now, the philosophy of the book is that if he's not calling you, sleeping with you, trying to be with you, marrying you then he's just not that into you. And that stories about players who fall for the nice girl or steadfast bachelors who do an about face and propose are exceptions not the rule.

Despite that, the movie is all about the exceptions and not the rule as proclaimed by its title. That, however, doesn't make He's Just Not That Into You exceptional. It's pretty rom-com standard fare.


  1. Sounds like the trailer's better than the movie. The trailer was fun.

    I definitely have a thing for Mac Guy. And he and PC Guy play so well together.

  2. If you like Justin Long, then you might enjoy this movie. He plays as nicely with Ginnifer Goodwin as he does with John Hodgson.