He's Just Not That Into You

Release Date: February 6, 2009

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Jennifer Aniston! Just what I wanted for my birthday!

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10/21 Jason Lee Stellar cast and some pointed things to say about romance . . . this movie was an enjoyable date but not marriage material.
20/20 Les Winan Despite the outrageously good cast, the movie has few teeth and rambles along aimlessly and predictably.
60/169 Max Braden This was better than I expected, maybe a little disjointed.
71/82 Kelly Metz Some of the most unlikeable characters ever put on film. Affleck and Aniston's characters were the only ones that didn't deserve a punch in the face.

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Truer words have never been spoken. Oprah Winfrey has created a billion dollar cottage industry predicated upon enabling needy women while not calling them on their ignorance about the opposite sex's cavalier nature. Failed talk show host Greg Behrendt got the idea from watching Sex and the City (hand in your Man Card, bub). He wrote a book on the subject of men demonstrating nonchalance, and the premise has been adapted into a feature film by Drew Barrymore's production company.

The cast of He's Just Not That Into You is top notch. Barrymore herself, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, and Scarlett Johansson all co-star in the production. Oddly, the film also features a reunion of Justin Long, the Mac/PC kid from Live Free Or Die Hard, and his girlfriend on Ed, Ginnifer Goodwin. After her star ascended as Johnny Cash's betrayed wife in Walk the Line, Goodwin is now the featured player in a cast of legitimate A-List superstars. She's come a long way since she dumped Warren Cheswick for his best (overweight) friend, Mark Vanacore, on Ed.

This production is a strange combination of Maxim-based...well, maxims about the silly nature of women combined with a fair share of female empowerment. It's the rare chick flick that appears likely to mock the very target audience supporting it. From a marketing perspective, that sounds like a train wreck, but we cannot wait to rubberneck this one. We are giddy with anticipation about that moment 75 minutes into the film where the viewers realize they've paid to be skewered by Hollywood elitists. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for He's Just Not That Into You
Main Cast Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck
Supporting Cast Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Wilson Cruz, Brooke Bloom
Director Ken Kwapis
Screenwriter Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Distributor New Line Cinema
Screen Count 3,175
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