He’s Just Not That Into You
The title is taken from the bestselling book, but I don’t know how much of the advice from that non-fiction book made it into the fictionalized movie. Stellar cast: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johanssen, and more – must have been a big budget just on the cast. No special effects or amazing locations – just big name actors.
While the cast is appealing – the storyline is dismal. It basically plays out that women are needy and clueless and hopelessly romantic. And men are insensitive and selfish. There are several intertwined stories, the characters are all connected in some way or another. Some of the scenarios play cute and get laughs, they’re light and funny. Other scenes are painful and heartbreaking… and not necessarily meant to be so. There’s a lot to relate to, with so many characters going through typical relationship “stuff.” This time of year, that lull between New Year’s and the Oscar’s, there’s slim pickings at the theatre, and this is just one example.