patrickryanlewis

She’s Just Not That Into You

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 11:00 am
I saw this film when it originially came out, but decided to revisit it this week. 
 
A couple things you should know going into it: if you have read the book, you will be pleasantly surprised that the adaption is almost spot on, and if you are under the impression this is a rom-com, you are sorely going to be disappointed.
 
This film is actually one of the most accurate portrayals I have seen in dealing with a wide range of adult themed relationship issues.  It tackles everything from marriage and infidelity to loniness and isolationism in a way that is brutally honest and straightforward.  That is not to say that movie is not a little sugary sweet at some spots, because there is no question it plays to its target market: the late 20’s/early 30’s female.  But those sappy moments can be overlooked because of a stellar cast and two standout performance by Jennifer Connelly and Bradley Cooper.
 
The movie is essentially five mini-stories loosely connected by the tiniest of threads.  There is really no need to connect the characters at all, because each small story works well on its own.  And each story deals with a certain aspect of maturing in a relationship, or the lack of a relationship.  The most compelling stories are the Connelly/Cooper and Jennifer Anniston/ Ben Affleck arcs.
 
I did have a few issues with the movie.  The Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Berrymore characters are almost identical to each other, and their search for a relationship sometimes bogs down the movie becauase it seems like you are watching the same story twice.  Also, Kevin Connolly’s character is nothing but a copy of E from Entourage, and he is very close to being typecast as the “female” guy, for lack of a better term.
 
All in all though, this is a solid drama dealing with real adult issue.  Well worth the rent on date night this weekend.
 
3.5 out of 5 stars.
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