An entertaining story about the relationship between men and women

He’s just not that into you (2009)


Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Directed by:  Ken Kwapis
Starring:  Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justing Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Copper
Release date:  February 6, 2009
Running time:  126 min.
Trailer: Click
Rating:  4/5 stars

“I have this guy, he left me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he e-mailed me to my Blackberry, and so I texted it to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals, just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It’s exhausting!” – Mary

 As you can see from this quote, misunderstandings between men and women still form a major theme for entertainment. “He’s just not that into you” is a romantic comedy, which uses this theme as a major source of humour.  With a full star ensemble cast (Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore,  Scarlett Johansson), and directed by Ken Kwapis, it perfectly does its job: it entertains well.

 In the film we follow the lives and the romances of nine different people, all loosely connected with each other. At the core of these multiple stories is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young women who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her. Alex (Justing Long) helps her to understand if a man is interested or not. Gigi’s co-worker Janine is married with Ben (Bradley Copper), but she never seems to trust him. And it’s justly – her husband cheats on her with Anna (Scarlett Johansson), he can’t choose one of them. We are also introduced to two friends of Anna – Mary, who uses different technologies to find a man, and Conor, who wants to have a real relationship with Anna and not just the friendly talking-for-hours.  Finally, we also get to know Beth (Jennifer Anniston) and Neil (Ben Affleck), a couple that break-up because of Neil’s unwillingness to marry Beth. 

All these stories are constantly crossing, and they deliver some pretty funny situations. The film isn’t hard to follow, it gives you a slight joy of watching it and the atmosphere is delightful . In spite of the classic theme, it has this fresh feeling, and you don’t seem to get tired of watching it. The romances are well-worked out, making this film irresistible for everyone. 

I was really impressed by the performances of all the actors. Their portrayal was real, well-done: it’s hard not to get affected with both the men and the women. The feeling of love was present, and the actors make you understand the problems of all the characters. The stand-outs are Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly and Ben Affleck: they all succeed to show the development of their character.

 You shouldn’t expect something wonderful, breathtaking, spectacular from this film. The plot isn’t really original, it’s been used before. The film doesn’t really add something to one’s knowledge about men and women. It serves exactly its purpose: it’s an joyful piece of entertainment.

 If you want a nice, funny and light romantic comedy, you should watch this film. Although the story isn’t really original, the character portrayals of the whole cast are outstanding. The main target of this film are women, but men will surely enjoy it as well.  Watch it, you won’t be sorry.

(I hoped you enjoyed my first review!)