He’s Just Not That Into You
by Carolyn Oakes
Charming film packed with an engaging cast which ponders mastering the art of dating and relationships.
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The rights to a well-known and droll self-help book about dating. Check. Equally popular and capable cast. Check. Well placed 80’s pop songs. Check. Release date on or close to February 14th. Check. Produced by Drew Barrymore and Flower Films, well known for a string of romantic comedy touchdowns. Check. Onslaught of promotional appearances and peppy commercials. Check. Greenlight!
He’s Just Not That Into You is a perfect melting pot of all the ingredients required for a chick-flick grand slam. This is precisely why a large population of the movie-going public will be turned off by the sheer idea of this movie almost immediately, thinking something along the lines of, “psychobabble mumbo-jumbo about needy women and their dating woes in cinematic form…no thanks, I’ll pass.” This marketing dream of a film ended up exceeding my mediocre expectations, and hitting a home run anyway. Based on the popular 2004 book of the same title by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, viewers get a glimpse into a cluster of relationships , almost-relationships, chemistry-riddled friendships, and floundering marriages that all proceed toward one key idea: forcing any sort of relationship will almost always end in its downfall. Another main theme is the idea that love is something that often happens while you are seeking it elsewhere and with Mr. or Miss Wrong. Basically - relax, ladies (and lovelorn men)! Love has a knack for falling into your lap when you least expect it will.
Carolyn Oakes is a writer in Long Island, NY.
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