He Is Just Not That Into You (English)

A romantic comedy based on the widely-popular bestseller from Sex And The City writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo...

Written by Piroj Wadia | Published: February 20, 2009 10:25 am

Women as caricatures

Producers: Drew Barrymore,Nancy Juvonen

Director: Ken Kwapis

Stars: Drew Barrymore,Jennifer Aniston,Ben Affleck,Scarlett Johansson,Justin Long,Jennifer Connelly,Bradley Cooper

CREATIVE QUOTIENT
A romantic comedy based on the widely-popular bestseller from Sex And The City writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo,He’s Just Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected,Baltimore-based twenty and thirty somethings as they navigate their various relationships.

The story centers around Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin),a copywriter. Unlucky in love,she seeks advice from her equally-ineffectual co-workers Janine (Jennifer Connelly) and Beth (Jennifer Aniston). The former is in a sexless marriage with her music industry professional husband Ben (Bradley Cooper) who is bedding a wannabe singer Anna (Scarlett Johansson). And Beth can’t get her live-in partner of seven years,Neil (Ben Affleck),to commit to some form of nuptials. While Janine and Beth seek help from their friend,editor Mary (Drew Barrymore),Gigi develops a platonic bond with a bar manager Alex (Justin Long),with whose help,Gigi hopes to find Mr. Right…

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
Director Ken Kwapis is certainly inept at handling women-specific material. He makes them look like caricatures. If at all the film doesn’t fall into a pit it’s because of the actors led by Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore. The rest of the film is quite average and predictable.

Verdict
One star for performances. One for script.

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