He’s Just Not That Into You

He’s Just Not That Into You

Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Justin Long, Jennifer Aniston, and Ben Affleck
Directed by Ken Kwapis (License to Wed)
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language

He’s Just Not That Into You tells several interconnecting stories of young men and women trying to figure out the opposite sex in the crazy world of dating and marriage.  The main story of the film follows Gigi (Goodwin) as she tries to decipher the signals of all of her wrong-turn dates.  Out of desperation, she turns to Alex (Long) who helps her to read the obvious clues of her suiters. 

In case you haven’t figured it out – this is a chick flick.  But it’s one that is bearable for most men.  The stories all seem familiar in one way or another and for every two estrogen-filled minutes, there seem to be 1 testosterone-filled scene to match.  That’s a good ratio for this genre if you ask me.

The writing here attempts to hit a Richard Curtis (Love Actually) plain, but falls just short.  Still with a cast like this, who are obviously having fun filming, the movie seems to work just fine.  It grows a little tired towards the end, but not annoyingly so. 

The biggest fault of the movie is how equally neurotic all of the women are.  For the most part, they all seem confused and sometimes needlessly dumb.  At least the men come off as distinctly different in their goals and personalities. 

So guys – with Valentine’s Day coming up, I can think of a lot worse ways to spend two hours at the movies.  Not only will your girls love that you took them to see it, but you might just enjoy it as well.  B