He’s Just Not That Into You for Women, for Men



He’s Just Not That Into You  for Women,  for Men
(Run Time: 129 Minutes)

(L to R): Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson in New Line Cinema’s “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009).

(L to R): Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson in New Line Cinema’s “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009).

Since this is created by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who wrote “Sex and the City,” it should come as no surprise that this is as chick-flicky as chick flicks come. Directed by Ken Kwapis from a screenplay by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, the women, save one, are all wonderful, tender, thoughtful, and sensitive, while the men are wimpy or whipped or cruel, guys who would be comfortable in beer commercials.
Peopled by an all-star, A-list cast, this careens on for more than two hours. I was thrashing about almost the entire time, but my companion, a woman, loved it. Well, maybe love is too strong, but she did like it. As the couple sitting in front of us walked out of the theater, she said to him, “You liked it.” His response was muted. However, I must admit after we discussed it over dinner, I changed my mind a little, upping it from a “1” to a “3” for men.
This is an ensemble cast, with the most unbelievable character, Gigi (Gennifer Goodwin), being in the lead. She’s a beautiful woman, with a great personality and a big smile on her face, who can’t get a man. In the real world, she’d be fighting them off, but this is Hollywood. She commiserates with a guy, Alex (Justin Long, who gives the best performance in the film), who owns a singles bar. He keeps telling her that there are no subtle clues. If a man wants to be with a woman, he’ll let her know without fail, as if men are in control of the relationship, an idea, as virtually any man knows, that is hogwash. She keeps calling him for advice, even in the middle of dates. Yeah, sure.
Then there are Beth (Jennifer Anniston) and Neil (Ben Affleck). They’ve lived together for seven years. She wants to get married; he doesn’t. Joining them are Alex (Justin Long, who my friend said is a real hunk) and his wife Janine (Jennifer Connolly). She’s a humorless lawyer, and he’s a weak, good-looking jerk, who is attracted to, and aggressively pursued by, Anna (Scarlett Johansson), a sexy slut, but who is desired by Conor (Kevin Connolly). Follow? Finally, there’s Mary (Drew Barrymore). I’m not quite sure where she fits, except that she is a producer of the film, so a place for her was found. She’s female and talks about her relationship problems. So the film is about how all these people work out their relationships.
If these people are typical of today’s 20- and 30-year-olds, I’m glad I was born when I was. I doubt if I’m alone among men when I say I found the film annoying. Do these chick flicks really reflect the way women are? My friend says that this one does. It’s a depressing thought.

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