He's Just Not That Into You
Originating from a frank discussion in an episode of Sex and the City, where Ron Livingston's Berger tells Miranda that some particular chap simply is "not that into you"; this film is based on the book that the writers of that episode went off and penned that ultimately became a huge bestseller. Now they've made a film of the book, and somewhat ironically, it's the cinematic adaptation that SATC should've been. Set around several narrative strands that are all loosely related in some way; we have various relationships involving commitment issues, adultery and members of the opposite sex trying to read signals, but, more often than not, failing to do so. Pretty much every cast member is instantly recognizable; as Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connolly and Scarlett Johansson all make an appearance as those either unlucky in love, or struggling comprehend the state of their current relationships. Not really romantic comedy whimsical, or ponderous drama, it's essentially an ensemble piece that tries to explore the fundamental differences between men and women, and the expectations that each have on embarking on a new relationship, or when reevaluating an old one. With such a strong and varied cast, no one particular relationship was going to stand out; but that is where Kwapis' film ultimately shines, as he simply presents different characters in different places, discussing their love life. Playing like a slightly lighter version of Zack Braff's The Last Kiss, this is an enjoyable and often strangely informative watch, that may provoke uncomfortable discussions with your significant other upon exiting the cinema. The cast all do their bit, in what essentially is a barrage of supporting roles, but Gennifer Goodwin does manage to impress as the single, Gigi. Her actions are cringe worthy at first, but there's a clarity to her character that's lacking from some of the others, and Goodwin is adorable - leading roles surely beckon in future. A little rough around the edges at points; this is still well worth seeing.
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