February 25, 2009 > Movie Review: He's Just Not That Into You
Movie Review: He's Just Not That Into You
By Susana Nunez
It's hard to admit, but if there's one thing many women are guilty of, it's over-analyzing human behavior, especially male behavior. This gets us into trouble, as soon we find ourselves making ridiculous excuses for the object of our affection, as we attempt to believe that they in fact do care about us. But sometimes, ladies, it isn't so complicated. Comforting each other and making excuses for the simple-minded men we become involved with only perpetuates the problem. Sometimes, he's just not that into you.
This all sounds harsh, but the film shows us, via the character Alex (Justin Long), that really it can be quite liberating. It saves time and tears, two important things that many women end up wasting on the wrong guys just because they feel that this time he has to be "The One." The film deals with this issue and is centered around the inter-connecting lives of a group of singles, married, and hopefuls (hopefuls here meaning that the women in this relationship are hoping for marriage). One of the main characters, the single Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) goes on date after date, hoping to meet the love of her life. After every date, of course, she goes to her close friends and analyzes the date down to the last detail, noting key words and phrases. What does her date do afterward? He goes back home and all but forgets about it. Not because he didn't like her - he had fun, but quite simply, he's just not that into her.
Alex makes this clear to Gigi, and although the idea bothers her at first, she follows his advice. While Gigi is busy worrying about her single status, her close friend and confidant Janine (Jennifer Connelly) is trying to save her marriage to a man who seems more distant every day. Ben (Bradley Cooper) does love Janine, but he confides to his own best friend that the reason he got married was because Janine gave him an ultimatum - either they break up or they get married. This scares his friend Neil (Ben Affleck) since his girlfriend, Beth (Jennifer Aniston), has been expressing her hope for tying the knot with him in the near future.
The film brings up situations that will definitely hit home for many women out there and for men as well. Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are the authors of the book on which the movie is based and previously worked as consultants on the show Sex and the City. Sex and the City once dedicated an episode to this notion of 'he's just not that into you' and it completely enlightened the character of Miranda. The book became a best seller soon after and it's still one of the most popular self help books out there, a truly eye-opening and fun read for both men and women. The film does an excellent job at summing it up, and is worth a trip to the theater.
Runtime: 2 hrs. 9 mins