Guest Author - Secola Edwards
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Running time: 129 minutes
Release date: February 6, 2009
DVD Release date: June 2, 2009
Billed as an attractive ensemble cast, He's Just Not That Into You definitely has the star power to initially entice you to watching. With the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper and Drew Barrymore, it is sure to get your attention. The question is, does the film live up to expectations? My answer is a definite yes. He's Just Not That Into You takes us through the lives of nine people who reside in Baltimore, which in itself is a creative location for a movie. Via probably no more than one degree of separation, all of the featured characters are connected and are currently at different stages of their romantic lives.
Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is ready to take charge of her love life. She takes head on the challenges of dating and is proactive in finding 'Mr. Right', even if it means enduring heartbreak and humiliation. Gigi would probably run the rat race forever until she inadvertently and embarrassingly meets Alex (Justin Long), a brash bar owner and ladies man. Alex gives Gigi dating advice, but perhaps needs to take a little of his own medicine.
Beth and Neil (Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck) find themselves at a crossroad. They are pressured as societal expectations and deep rooted beliefs clash and threaten their seven year relationship. It is only when they are faced with sudden tragedy that they figure out what is the best path for them to take.
Ben (Bradley Cooper) and Janine (Jennifer Connelly) are a married couple who have entered the lull phase of their relationship. The college sweethearts are faced with the major obstacles of trust and fidelity. Ben finds temptation in the form of a beautiful and desirable yoga instructor, Anna (Scarlett Johansson). Will Ben's interest in Anna spell doom for his relationship with Janine?
Mary (Drew Barrymore) and Conor (Kevin Connolly) round out the featured cast. They are single and both a friend of friend. They also find themselves struggling to meet the one. It's interesting to anticipate how the friend they have in common, Anna, affects each of their lives.
I appreciate how the writers allowed each character to develop, which could not have been an easy feat, considering the large cast and resumes of the players. We get to know each person separately and get to see how they fit into the group. I will say my favorite storyline is Beth and Neil, the reasons will become obvious as you watch the movie. Their story progressed a little more than the others, so we were able to deeply empathize with both characters. However, all of the characters make life-changing decisions and I appreciate being able to witness them.
He's Just Not That Into You is a romantic comedy that is light on comedy, with only a few laugh-out-moments. It leans more on the dramatic, but offers enough levity to be considered a feel-good movie. The ending is probably what you'll expect, with no real risks taken, but isn't that what we look for in a get away film?
*I viewed this film via DVD, which I purchased.
He's Just Not That Into You
He's Just Not That Into You - Novel
He's Just Not That Into You Original Motion Picture Soundtrack