e’s Just Not That Into You
Directed by Ken Kwapis
An account of sex, love, and dating in the 21st century
He’s Just Not That Into You takes a potentially clever idea for a romantic comedy and turns it into “one long romantic complaint,” said Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post. The film—based on Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo’s book, which was itself inspired by an episode of Sex and the City—is a multilayered story about five women navigating the rocky, indirect road to love. Though the book prides itself on its frankness, the movie plays into the “very ring-on-the-finger fantasies” the book claims to expose. That’s what happens when screenwriters rely on the all-too-familiar, said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. “A chick flick here, a Cosmo article there, a Sex and the City confessional voice-over everywhere”—audiences have seen, heard, and read this all before. Like a guy who promises to call but never does, the movie cultivates “false hope,” said Stephanie Zacharek in Salon.com. Despite a starry cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, and Drew Barrymore, the movie is “boring at best and insidious at worst,” pretending to tackle modern love head-on while doing nothing of the sort.
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