He’s Just Not That Into You


(out of 5)

Love, yet again, is a battlefield, involving mixed messages and anxious hearts that collide head-on with inspiration from the bestselling book that was in itself inspired by an episode of HBO’s Sex And The City. After years of being told that emotionally unavailable, sometimes borderline abusive men are mistreating women because they secretly love and admire them and just can’t deal with it, one particular single gal () puts herself on the road to epiphany: she learns, after a bad experience with a first date (with ) that maybe guys avoid her because they don’t actually want to be with her. Connolly has his own hangups, stuck on  but unable to nail her down as a girlfriend, while Johansson has just met handsome , who is attracted to her but already married to . Her workmate  has the most effective storyline as she has been living with boyfriend  and perpetually ignoring his constant assertion that he doesn’t believe in marriage. Are these women victims of circumstance, or have they spent too much time believing that their men are secretly wanting to make them happy but unable to, resulting in a nation of ladies who have suppressed the expression of their own desires? This highly enjoyable romantic comedy explores these issues and more, sometimes boiling them down to simplistic terms, but often having moments of extreme poignancy (most of them come from Aniston, but other members of the cast get their opportunities to shine as well). It concludes with far too much optimism, but who can complain about such a thing when they’re watching a romantic comedy in order to deconstruct and debunk the myths that have been perpetuated by romantic comedies for decades? Producer  also takes on a small role as a lovelorn woman who is constantly being rejected through modern technology, and she’s adorable.

New Line Cinema, Flower Films, Internationale Filmproduktion Blackswan


Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the book He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth To Understanding Guys by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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