801. He’s Just Not That Into You

Title: He’s Just Not That Into You
Director: Ken Kwapis
Year: 2009
Run time: 2hrs 9m

“Remember that really cute guy who said he’d call… and didn’t? Maybe he lost your number. Maybe he’s in the hospital. Maybe he’s awed by your beauty, brains or success. Or maybe He’s Just Not That into You. An all star cast – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlet Johansson and Justin Long – looks for love and finds laughs in this savvy, sexy, right-now romcom. Based on the runaway (like some guys you know) bestseller by Sex and the City series writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He’s Just Not That into You sparkles with zingy aha moments any survivor of the dating wars will recognize. See it with someone you’d like to love.”

Live blog

1:34 – I like sad realisation on a kid.
5:34 – Bradders! I didn’t know he was in this.
10:36 – “People who get married are not to be trusted.” He has some points but not all good.
15:59 – Ahh, voicemail messages are the worst but at least I’ve never done that.
19:46 – “Return this pen before he… freaks out.”
25:25 – This cast though!
31:07 – I like their apartment, but too much art. I think art should be done sparingly.
33:41 – “Did you mean neutral or did you mean gender-neutral?”
34:02 – Almost ready to start talking about it is as non-committal as it gets.
39:56 – DOES she handle breakups well? I’m not so sure.
52:29 – It’s epic having someone honest and expert on the end of the phone.
1:00:36 – “Y’all thrive on the drama.”
1:06:28 – What’s wrong with the name Christine?
1:13:05 – “All I have is this guitar, these chords, and the truth.” Bon Jovi or Bono?
1:16:01 – In the middle of the hardware store!
1:37:42 – I find wishing I could write songs is a symptom of many things.
1:50:30 – Can’t decide whether I like the foldaway ironing board or not.
1:58:21 – Living on a boat will do that to you.

Conclusions

I’m not sure how this one passed us by, being one of those films that gathers together every famous person under the sun and tries to link together all their different stories and lives. We love this kind of stuff! And I loved this.

It’s interesting, because the more famous the actors were, the less interesting their characters were. Ben Affleck was non-existent, Bradley Cooper a nightmare, even Scarlett Johansson didn’t really sell her character to me. On the flip side, I loved Ginnifer Goodwin’s kooky portrayal, and her story with I’m a Mac would have been more interesting if told all by itself!

It was good though, bit odd in places, and some of the links for the stories felt flimsy, but ultimately enjoyable and a total surprise – considering we thought we’d watched all the good romcoms already.

Rating: 3/5.

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