He’s Just Not That Into You

March 17 2009 at 1:12 pm (Cinema reviews)

hes_just_not_that_into_you_ver2The cumbersome title alone is enough to make you fall asleep, especially when it’s a line of dialogue from (wait from it) an episode of Sex and the City. That just a single, and frankly not very good sentence made a best-selling book is bad enough without having to go and turn it into a two-hour (that’s right) movie.

 

He’s Just Not That Into You wants you to believe it’s the Magnolia of rom-coms – it has a classy ensemble cast, all the different characters are linked in some small way and it is all theme, no plot, the theme being the lack of effective communication between men and women. We have Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston slumming it as a couple who split up over an ongoing disagreement about the point of marriage, Scarlett Johansson as a sexy struggling musician luring a married man (Bradley Cooper) into bed and Jennifer Connelly as his super-serious wife. And that’s just for starters.

 

And the worst thing is that it’s not even funny. The trailer may make it out to have a knockabout energy to it, but ultimately it’s just two long hours of telling men off for being so rubbish. It’s more depressing than Requiem for a Dream. Thankfully the only thread that could be considered central is the best – a sweet double act between confident bar manager Alex (Justin Long) and ditzy Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin). The other stories could have easily been jettisoned without damaging the film whatsoever. Even the strongest links (Connolly, Aniston, a barely there Drew Barrymore who can rom-com in her sleep) jar horrifically – they’re just too good for pap like this. It’s like hiring Sir Ian McKellan to perform in a school play.

 

Far too serious, preachy and dizzyingly unfocused, He’s Just Not That Into You tries to be both sprawling madcap comedy and tough agenda-driven drama, and ultimately fails at both.

 

Rating: 2/5

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