Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

#31 – He’s Just Not That Into You

Posted by Dan on July 26, 2009

hes_just_not_that_into_youOkay, so I didn’t intend on watching this movie. No, really. It was showing on the plane trip home from the UK, so I had near 24 hours to kill. The only thing more embarrassing about this movie being on my list, is that I actually enjoyed this movie.

The movie stars– well, it doesn’t seem to star any single actor in particular, which is kind of nice. It really is the quintessential “ensemble cast” movie. Each of the names on the poster seems to get their own equal amount of screen time. It opens up and starts to briefly explain each of the characters to set the scene. All of the storylines have their own little link – there’s always one person that knows another person involved in the next sub-plot. Unfortunately though, as the movie goes on, the whole six-degrees thing seemed to fade away and they become their own little storyline.

Each of the situations are just as different as the next, yet the same archetypal behaviour is still there too – there’s always one person who’s more into the other person and it ends up badly. There’s no real good guy and there’s no real bad guy either, each of the characters are almost completely flawed, but in that flaw is where the film hits gold with their intended audience, because you get that feeling of familiarity. You ask anyone you know who’s seen the movie, and during their description, they’ll tell you that “and she reminds me SO much of a friend of mine...”. But that’s what makes a good chick flick, right?

Now, ladies, you can skip this next paragraph, because I need to convince the guys why they should see it:

I can only imagine that Bradley Cooper did this part for free, because his character gets to nail both Jennifer Connolly and then Scarlett Johansson in the space of about 5 minutes. There’s plenty to perve on here (I did mention Scarlett Johansson, right?), so even if your missus does rope you into watching it, there’s plenty of great scenery for you to take in – just ignore the dialogue and after the movie’s over, just agree with everything she says and tell her that all the guys in the movie are idiots.

The movie very much follows the self-help-ness of the book, and throughout the movie, it explains the number of situations in which you’ll find that he’s just not that into you. They do a couple of vox-pop type moments to make it look unscripted, but these bits just come off as disjointed and don’t really fit the flow of the movie. The rest of the movie seems to flow on rather nicely, although as predicted, nearly all of the girls get their happy ending, which is rather unfortunate, because the whole movie isn’t exactly told in the typical rom-com style, so I was kinda hoping that someone would end their story a little open-endedly, but it was not quite to be.

While this is a romantic comedy aimed squarely at the ladies, there’s still enough to the stories to get the guys to follow along with it, perhaps even be midly entertained as well. It doesn’t always follow the usual formula, and it’s all the better for it. And hell, if there isn’t enough for the guys, then they can just listen to their iPod while watching Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Anniston and Scarlett Johansson flick their salon-perfect hair and flaunt their push-up-bra perfect boobs on the screen for 2 hours.

I give He’s Just Not That Into You 3 out of 5 one night stands

Alex: Hey, Kelli Ann. Uh, did I get any calls?
Kelli Ann: Since you asked me 11 mins ago, no, not a lot of phone traffic.
Alex: [obsessively checks phone for signal]
Kelli Ann: Oh, my God.
Alex: What?
Kelli Ann: What’s her name?
Alex: Who?
Kelli Ann: The girl… Alex.
Alex: There’s no girl.
Kelli Ann: You can’t hide it, man. I know strung out, and YOU are strung out.
Alex: Please.
Kelli Ann: This is amazing. You can’t focus. Right? Jumping every time your phone rings. Checking your e-mail a hundred times a day. Wishing you could write songs.
Alex: [laughs]
Kelli Ann: No. Feeling the need to bring up her name in random conversations. It’s always the same and it has happened to you, my friend.
Alex: Shit.
Kelli Ann: Welcome to my world, asshole. Let me get the door.

6 Responses to “#31 – He’s Just Not That Into You”

  1. jasperschultz said

    This is exactly what I have been TRYING to tell people.

    Well, this and “don’t go and see this movie with a guy who really is *not* that into you – it’s all very meta and ironic and your brain might explode”. Seriously, it was not one of my smarter moves.

  2. Dan said

    I was quite surprised how much I actually enjoyed it!

  3. chrystalrose said

    Technically the cheaters didn’t really get a happy ending either.

    I was a bit sickened and appalled at the speech the married guy gave about how he’d never felt that way before, blah blah about Scarlett whats-her-ass, because the night before I was having dinner with my friend and the married man she was dating and I swear to God the speech was word-for-word. I almost sympathized with him like, “Wow you really married the wrong woman and it must suck to be soooo unhappy with someone.”

    And then I realized how that whole sob story is a lot more common than you think. The man wants his cake and the icing. Not that I don’t understand that– I mean I just wrote a memoir all about cheating on my ex-boyfriend– but that’s exactly why I didn’t get married to him.

    Married cheaters should die:)

  4. Gareth said

    Dude, I liked this movie until the very end when they wrapped up all the happy endings – to me that felt so forced.

    Now you can read my spoiler blog 🙂
    http://acoopers4me.livejournal.com/3328.html

  5. brutalgod said

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Anniston…….Thats way to much pain for 90 minutes.
    Why would you do this to your self and then tell people you liked it?
    God im Disillusioned

  6. Josh said

    If I watch this and its worse than Ferris Bueller I’m coming after you

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