It seems that these multiple story movies are becoming a thing. They usually don’t get a lot of praise except for Love Actually, which was possibly the first of its kind. This one doesn’t seem to have a lot of good ratings on it either on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes but when it first came out, I had no expectations from it at first and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Now I’m going back to see it again for this marathon, lets see how that went…
Director: Ken Kwapis
Based on the self-help book by the author of Sex and the City, He’s Just Not That Into You looks at different types of relationships amongst a group of people that are linked together through friends, coworkers, acquaintances or simply coincidence and how a lot of people will misread and misunderstand the signals that other people send off. We start with Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) who is on the search for a relationship. She always wonders and waits to see if a guy will call her back after a first date or after a first meeting at the bar. That is until she meets the friend of one of the dates that she decides to try and “accidentally” see. Alex (Justin Long) is the manager of the City Supper Club and he is the exact opposite of Gigi because he can read the signals of others very well and because of this, he starts helping Gigi in her future pursuits. At the same time, the guy who Gigi saw at the beginning of the movie, Conor (Kevin Connolly) who is obsessed with Anna (Scarlett Johansson) who had slept with him before but now only finds him in times of need for comfort and affection. Anna is trying to build a career as a singer and at the supermarket one night, she meets Ben (Bradley Cooper) who is a married man and is in a business that can help her with her career. They are attracted with each other and despite Ben trying to resist, he eventually has an affair with her while his wife Janine (Jennifer Connelly) is putting all her focus into their new house’s renovations. At work, Janine’s coworker Beth (Jennifer Aniston) has been in a relationship with Neil (Ben Affleck) for 7 years and she wants to get married however, Neil does not want to. A string of stories that looks into a guy’s signals and the rules and exceptions of whether a guy is into you or not.
Let me just say that I originally didn’t really think I would like this movie at all. The first time I saw this and realized that it was based on the Sex and the City author. I don’t really have too much love for those series. Never really caught on to it maybe or its just not my type of series. Either way, this flick was definitely good. It definitely sticks to its boundaries of being a romantic comedy and especially with a relatively strong cast. It was witty and fun. They put in interviews of other people to make it a bit more original with certain issues they were dealing with for example, “if a man doesn’t want to marry you…” then it flips over to people talking about it and some of them are funny.
If you can brush off the whole trying to be a self-help and teaching us the signs of when things aren’t working out which from the things I’ve read are usually based on stereotypes because we all know that every relationship is different. If you just solely focus on the stories and think about it in one basic way: Each girl is the exception to the rule when in the eyes of the guy that loves us for who we are. Its as simple as that. So take that and just go for the ride and you might enjoy this movie. One warning though, even if you fellow men out there are okay with rom-coms, I really don’t recommend this one to any guys. You might want to either fall asleep or yell at the stereotypes (unless you like any of the actresses for their good looks). I mean, even I wanted to yell at the stereotypes, especially those that Gigi had where she just sits by the phone and waits for the guy to call. Are all girls supposed to be portrayed as being that desperate? That part really bothered me because I guess its an extreme to bring Gigi to portray the desperate need to find a guy and how she doesn’t know how to read the signals that the guy is sending out each time so she just hopes all the time. Its the concept of never losing hope that is the theme of her story, so I guess you can’t really blame her.
As much as all the side stories were cool, the main story is of Gigi’s search for romance and how she learns that its better to have tried to fall in love than to just block out the feeling of being able to love someone. This is miles and miles away from as being as epic as Love Actually (which I reviewed HERE!), but it does have some witty and fun moments and as always in these flicks, some sweet and touching moments as well. No tears will be shed but there is enough smiles and laughs to be had. I state once more that guys should avoid this…it can’t be more targeted towards girls than teaching girls how to know when guys aren’t into them. This may not be an epic movie but as generic as it may seem, it is really helped a lot by the chemistry that the talented cast brings.
Oh right, one more thing, if you do end up seeing this, you should definitely wait for the ending credits because they still have a few scenes there and those are actually pretty good and wraps up the movie in a pretty good way.
Have you seen this? Did you like it? Do you enjoy these multi-story setup for movies or are they confusing and hard to perfect?