Sunday, February 15, 2009

2/15/09: He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

It's the start of another grab-bag week. Today's selection is the first-run hit He's Just Not That Into You—a title I have despised since the original publication of the self-help book that inspired the movie. Because I am all-too-easily dragged by friends to see practically any film in a theater, I allowed myself to be dragged to this one by my friend Leticia. My expectations for this were somewhat low, and I managed to enjoy it despite its painful predictability—first and foremost because two of its female stars are excruciatingly attractive. On the cute end is Ginnifer Goodwin (paired with Justin Long, her co-star on TV's Ed); on the smoldering end is Scarlett Johansson, who oozes more sexuality with each successive movie. Goodwin plays a girl few men ask out for a second date; in fact, she spends the greater part of the picture waiting for her phone to ring—an almost science-fiction conceit, as she is so cute and charming that by all rights, she should be fighting them off with a tire iron. The trajectory of her story, like all others in the film, is telegraphed so obviously that a blind deaf-mute could see it coming. The rest of the movie concerns the other dating/relationship travails experienced by a cast of magazine cover-worthy performers: Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck spar over his refusal to marry her; Drew Barrymore wrestles with the online dating scene; Bradley Cooper finds himself attracted to Johansson while married to fussy Jennifer Connelly. He's Just Not That Into You is basically an extended version of its own trailer, which I had seen about sixty times already, but it was all acceptably entertaining and worth the longer look to see all of the beautiful performers and their perfect jeans-covered butts. Rating: 3/5.

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