HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
Concerning the Absurdities of Modern Dating
Release Date: February 06, 2009
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston,
Drew Barrymore, Jennifer
Connelly, Kevin Connoly,
Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer
Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson,
Kris Kristofferson, and Justin
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 129 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.
Director: Ken Kwapis
Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich, Michele Weiss
and Michael Beug
Producer: Nancy Juvonen
Writer: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
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Alan Horn, President/COO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
(A Time Warner company)
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Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Ben (played by Bradley Cooper) begins to cheat on his wife Janine (played by Jennifer Connelly) with Anna (played by Scarlett Johansson). Neil (played by Ben Affleck) won’t commit to marry Beth (played by Jennifer Aniston) even though they’ve been living together for seven years while lovelorn Gigi sits by the phone trying to get a date. The voice of reason is Alex (played by Justin Long) who advises Gigi and others that, if a man doesn’t call, it’s because he’s not interested. And, fantasy ideas that he’s out of town or has lost the phone number are the exception, not the rule.
With many twists and turns, the couples’ lives become a bit intertwined and the outcomes of the various relationships are not expected. The filmmakers have crafted a story filled with a “messy” relationship storyline.
Ginnifer Goodwin as Gigi is a standout. She provides the main story and the glue that holds the story together. In a unique method of storytelling, different segments feature “man on the street” interviews as people philosophize about relationships and dating while addressing the camera.
HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU carries a number of mixed messages. The foremost is somewhat positive in that it says women should be realistic when it comes to relationships, though it doesn’t excuse the negative actions of men in the movie. Another positive message is that honesty in relationships is vitally important. Sadly, Neil and Beth debate the value of marriage, but they conclude that marriage is not important if the couple is committed. Meanwhile, one marriage ends in divorce because of adultery.
HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU contains foul language and some adultery scenes, which certainly warrant the PG-13 rating. Media-wise viewers will want to use extreme caution regarding this light comedy with its serious messages. Because of the discussion of men and women and marriage, however, this movie perhaps can serve as a discussion starter for viewers afterwards.
HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU carries a number of mixed messages. The foremost is somewhat positive in that it says women should be realistic when it comes to relationships, though it doesn’t excuse the men’s negative actions in the story. Another positive message is that honesty is important. Sadly, Neil and Beth debate the value of marriage but conclude that it’s not important if the couple is committed. Also, one marriage ends in divorce because of adultery. These mixed messages, and the movie’s foul language and implied sexual immorality, warrant extreme caution.