By Sandra Kraisirideja
“He’s Just Not That Into You” is a well-written romantic comedy that features solid performances by its star-studded cast. The ensemble includes Ben Affleck, Jennifer Anniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, and Justin Long.
The entire cast performs as well as can be expected given the script’s light-hearted material. The only letdown in the cast is Connolly, who is so effective on HBO’s “Entourage,” but doesn’t come across as well on the big screen.
Barrymore’s production company, Flower Films, is behind the release of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Barrymore has professed her admiration for romantic comedies and her preference for movies with happy endings in the past and “He’s Just Not That Into You” certainly fills her movie ideals.
It’s not all sappy romance, however, and the script’s funnier moments are the documentary-style interviews that are interspersed throughout the movie a la “Anne Hall” or “When Harry Met Sally.” While the man-on-the-street interview is not a new invention in narrative film, it’s a smart addition to “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
For the men who submit to being dragged to this one on Valentine’s Day, it won’t be too hellish. For the women, they’ll walk out with either hope or certainty that they are the exception and not the rule.
Based on the wildly popular bestseller from “Sex and the City” scribes Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, “He’s Just Not That Into You” tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings as they navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex… and hoping to be the exceptions to the “no-exceptions” rule.
The film boasts an all-star cast, including Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck as Neil; Jennifer Aniston as Beth; Drew Barrymore as Mary; Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly as Janine; Kevin Connolly as Conor; Bradley Cooper as Ben; Ginnifer Goodwin as Gigi; Scarlett Johansson as Anna; Kris Kristofferson as Ken; and Justin Long as Alex.
“He’s Just Not That Into You” is directed by Ken Kwapis from a screenplay by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, based on the book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Nancy Juvonen produced the film, with Drew Barrymore, Toby Emmerich, Michele Weiss and Michael Beugg serving as executive producers and Michael Disco and Gwenn Stroman co-producing.