He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

Once upon a time, someone came up with the brilliant idea to get many all-star actors and actresses and throw them all together in a movie. This wasn’t going to be an ordinary movie; it would feature all these interesting stories with complex characters who all know each other. There will be so many times that these stories will overlap and connect, you won’t be able to keep count. 

I could be talking about several other movies. However, I was describing He’s Just Not That Into You… to the best of my ability. 

I won’t spend the time listing all the people in the cast; I will just take up your time describing what I think the best and worse stories are. 

My wife can’t quite figure it out, but I really dislike Ginnifer Goodwin. Her character Gigi is annoying, crazy, and desperate for love that she’ll just spend the entire film acting gullible. Her story intersects with Justin Long’s character, who I like because he is realistic. He’s played the game and knows the signs. 

Bradley Cooper is a great actor and in this particular makes some of the dumbest mistakes ever. The world has always crushed on Scarlett Johansson. However, I have never been one of them. He’s married to Jennifer Connelly, who you just never cheat on. He made his bed and had to stick with it, which resulted in losing everyone. Simply put, Cooper’s character is a bonehead.

Ben Affleck, meanwhile, is in a relationship with Jennifer Aniston, yet it’s been so long, and there’s no ring on anyone’s fingers. When push comes to shove, the power couple will split because they both want different things. In an attempt to salvage the situation, Affleck will question, even if it all feels forced. 

Drew Barrymore is kicking around and has a minor storyline about never finding the right guy. Kevin Connolly pops in and out of her storyline because he’s just a great guy who also can’t catch a break. 

There’s a lot to take in as the stories unfold. You’ll laugh, and you may even cry. I can’t promise it will be happy endings because love is a complex topic to cover. Some will get their hearts broken, and others will finally fill the hole left by others. 

We’ve seen a dozen or movies with similar storylines. I consider this film to be one of the weaker entries into the genre. If I had to sum it all up, I just didn’t like any of these characters because of their personality and poor decision making. Although I can’t take away the significance of this film, it is really one of a kind. 6/10 


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