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Genre: Comedy / To Be Announced / Director: Ken Kwapis / Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore ... / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      17.02.2011 15:22
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      Four stars form me - Well worth a watch!

      I have to admit I'm quite a fan of romantic comedies (don't hold that against me) and even though you can always tell what is going to happen at the end I still enjoy them.

      I first came across this film when I was trying to decide what to watch at the cinema but my first thoughts were that it was an American version of Love Actually. I really like Love Actually and was afraid because of this I wouldn't like this film, so I gave it a miss and saw something else.

      Then one day while looking for something to watch on Sky I noticed the film was starting so I thought why not give it a go this time.

      ~~ Starring ~~
      Jennifer Aniston
      Bradley Cooper
      Ginnifer Goodwin
      Justin Long
      Scarlett Johansson
      Ben Affleck
      Jennifer Connelly
      Drew Barrymore
      Kevin Connolly

      ~~ DVD and Film Info ~~
      Available from Amazon for £4.79
      The classification for this film is a 12
      Release date was 15th June, 2009
      The DVD is Region 2
      Running Time of 125 minutes

      ~~ Idea behind the film ~~
      I remember very clearly watching an episode of Sex and the City in which Miranda Hobbs used the line "he's just not that into you" that phrase was then turned into a book and then eventually this film.

      ~~ Brief Plot Description ~~
      The film follows the lives of nine characters as they either struggle to find love or struggle to hold onto it.

      ~~ Characters ~~
      The main character is Gigi played by Ginnifer Goodwin, Gigi is slightly obsessive in her quest for love and tends to come on too strong. On one such obsessive impulse she meets Alex played by Justin Long and they become friends as he tries to teach her how to stop being so needy with men and to secure dates. Gigi and Alex are my favourite in this film they interact brilliantly and I was always waiting for their next scene together. Justin Long was perfect as a commitment phobe who goes through women like water. Both Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long portray their characters really well and their chemistry is really good.

      Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck play Beth and Neil, after being together 7 years Beth feels they should marry but Neil doesn't believe in marriage which causes tension in their relationship. I like the pairing of Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck they work really well together and I was impressed with Jennifer Aniston in this film role. Some of her other films have been mostly a miss rather than a hit but in a supporting role she shines through.

      Jennifer Connelly and Bradley Cooper play Janine and Ben who are married and have been for quite a while and the spark has somewhat left the relationship. Then Ben meets Anna played by Scarlett Johannsson and is very tempted to stray. I found this storyline a little annoying, Ben was quite selfish but Janine was also not without her flaws. I really liked how Jennifer Connelly portrayed her character, one minute being angry to then calmly tidying up the mess she made.

      Kevin Connolly and Drew Barrymore play Connor and Mary, Connor is smitten with Anna (Scarlett Johansson) but she just sees him as a friend. Mary is Anna's friend and is trying to meet men but finds that the only way to do so is to meet them through electronic means such as social network sites etc, which doesn't really work out for her. Mary is also helping Connor to advertise his real estate business in a series of newspapers. There isn't as much screen time for the characters of Mary and Connor but they are still watchable but they don't have a big part to play in the film unlike some of the other characters.

      Overall:
      I really do enjoy this film and have now seen it many times even though it may not have the charm of Love Actually it is still a very enjoyable and easy to watch film. The characters are all interesting and on the whole they manage to share quite a bit of screen time between them. I do wish that maybe a little more screen time could have been given to Alex and Gigi as they were my favourite but then the other characters would then have been sacrificed.

      The plot flows well and I like how the characters are intertwined such as Gigi, Janine and Beth working together and Ben and Neil being good friends. This film is funny at times especially with Gigi and her attempts to meet men and her attempt at leaving a voicemail for a man she likes. However it is also a little sad at times as some relationships just can't seem to work.

      This film has become a favourite of mine I know that some people may not like this film as it is a little bit fluffy and sweet. However I think it's nice once in a while to sit back and watch a film that puts a smile on your face.

      The soundtrack to the film is quite good with a few romantic songs thrown in, some of the songs featured are:
      Don't You Want Me - The Human League
      You Make It Real - James Morrison
      Smile - Lily Allen
      Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
      Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

      With great characters that interact really well together this all goes into making a really good film.

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        15.10.2010 19:11
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        A wonderful protrayal of how NOT to do the romance genre,

        Although I tend to dislike 'chick flicks'/rom-coms, I don't automatically hate them: I liked Along Came Polly, and even The Break-Up, mainly due to their relative (key word) lack of clichés and abuse of string quartets. However, He's Just Not That Into You is simply infuriating. I watched it at the cinema with chick-flick-loving friends, hoping - praying at some points! - that it would finish very, very quickly. I soon remembered a quote from my teacher: "time is merely subjective: it slows down when you least want it to".

        As this is a personal review, and not an objective synopsis, I won't shy away from clearly giving my opinion. I have several problems with this film. Firstly - and this is of course due to its roots as a self-help book - is its condescending nature. Every detail of the film is there in order to teach women the absolute basics of male interaction. The structure: scene shows problems, or how not to do things, then annoying patronising 'lesson' appears written on screen for a few moments, just in case you missed the oh so subtle point of that section. And expect no ground-breaking revelations in the lessons - no no, the most intelligent one that I saw was "if he doesn't call.... He's just not that into you". Own-hair-pulling, fist-biting, teeth-grinding pearls of wisdom. This structure is repeated every five minutes or so. After ten minutes, I wanted to laugh. After fifteen minutes, I wanted to scream. Luckily, the popcorn kept me from complete insanity.

        Secondly, the characters: everyone is stereotyped. You have the feisty, street-wise, don't-mess-with-me black lady (apparently U.S studios can't quite accept any other role for black women). Then you have Jennifer Anniston, once again typecast as the same character who follows the same tripartite story: good girlfriend sick and tired of being unappreciated; breaks up with unappreciative man, cries, etc; gets back together with man who vows to be a new person. You also have several other women, who, while having personality differences, are united in their mistakes (stupidity), and are apparently clueless when it comes to spotting if someone is interested in them. And, of course, the uber-camp best friends of luckless-in-love office worker, always gossiping and advising in shrill voices. Yes, it's easy to be annoyed, if not offended, with the choice of characters.

        Thirdly, the script and cinematography. Any hopes, even the faintest, that Hollywood may one day break its self-created mould are promptly shattered upon watching this film. The shots are always straightforward, and nothing is ambiguous. There is no room for imagination or for questions: everything is answered by the simple, easy-to-follow script that sounds like a poorly-fitted collection of one-liners from magazines. There is simply not enough variety of shots and shot lengths to salvage the otherwise dreary film. We go from long establishing shot, to medium shot for conversation, to short-take close-up shot for important conversation, and perhaps, if it's a particularly gripping part, a few seconds of a tracking shot. Nothing else.

        Cast aside all these flaws, however, and it would still annoy the hell out of me. Even if Michel Gondry had directed it and Charles Kaufman written it, it would still annoy the hell out of me. In fact, I think the only way that this film wouldn't annoy the hell out of me was if it didn't exist. Overtly patronising, it is built from out-dated generalisations that are brought to the big screen once again with uninspired cinematography. As the credits rolled up, my friends remarked on how valuable it is to other women, and how it really taught them something. Cue tongue-biting, teeth-grinding silence.

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          02.10.2010 22:20
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          Don't waste your money!

          He's Just Not That into You is an all-star cast film, which was released in February 2009. It is set in Baltimore and centres around he lives of nine people. There was a lot of publicity of the film partly due to the famous actors and actresses.


          The Main Cast:

          Beth Murphy - Jennifer Aniston
          Neil Jones - Ben Affleck
          Mary Harris - Drew Barrymore
          Anna Marks - Scarlett Johansson
          Janine - Gunders - Jennifer Connelly
          Conor Barry - Kevyn Connolly
          Gigi Phillips - Ginnifer Goodwin
          Alex - Justin Long
          Ben Saunders - Bradley Cooper



          Gigi always struggles to get a second date with a man and cannot understand where she is going wrong. She seeks advice from others as she is desperately looking for love, along the way she meets bartender Alex who tells her where she is going wrong. Gigi's colleague Beth wants to get her long-term boyfriend Neil to commit to her, but he doesn't believe in marriage. Anna is seeing Ben whose friend Conor likes Anna. Anna's friend Mary like Gigi, is actively trying to find a man.


          In 'He's Just Not That Into You' all of the main characters are linked to another in some way, and there is a mixture of happy and unhappy endings for each of the characters.


          This film was far too long - about 2 hours and 35 mins (the whole length of the film). I was one of the worst films I'd seen from 2009, and I'm sorry I brought the DVD. The best parts in 'He's Just Not That Into You' were in the trailer, the film had so much promise but did not deliver, even with so many famous names. If I'd seen 'He's Just Not That Into You' at the cinema I would have definitely fallen asleep throughout the film until the credits rolled. I was bored after the first five minutes of the film and had to switch of the DVD. After watching 'He's Just Not That Into You' a few times since, I can say that I'm still unable to watch the film without pressing the fast forward button.


          'He's Just Not That Into You' is somehow described as a romcom, though someone forgot to tell the writers and producers of the film. In fact one of the producers, the EXECUTIVE producer is Drew Barrymore, so not only was she in front of the cameras she was behind it as well. The film is based on the book (of the same name) He's Just Not That Into You' by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. I read the book (which came free with a magazine) before seeing the film and it was far more interesting.



          Cert 12
          155 mins

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            25.09.2010 12:27
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            If a guy doesn't call you, he doesn't want to call you.

            He's Just not that into you, is an ensemble comedy looking at what a man says and what he really means, it was interesting watching this as a man, as some of it rang incredibly true whilst other parts really did seem to come straight from one of those horrible self-help guides.

            What's it about:

            The film really covers the lives of five women who are all connected through differing friendships, some are struggling in marriage (Jennifer Connelly), some want marriage, but their partner won't commit (Jennifer Aniston), some are just useless with men (Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore), whilst others want men they shouldn't be able to have (Scarlett Johansson).

            Ably supported by male leads, the film explores what it means when a man says or does something and what it really means. The film involves romance, break ups, affairs and real love shining through words that might indicate otherwise.


            Cast

            Ginnifer Goodwin ... Gigi Phillips
            Kevin Connolly ... Conor Barry
            Scarlett Johansson ... Anna Marks
            Bradley Cooper ... Ben
            Justin Long ... Alex
            Ben Affleck ... Neil
            Jennifer Aniston ... Beth Murphy
            Jennifer Connelly ... Janine
            Natasha Leggero ... Amber
            Drew Barrymore ... Mary
            Sasha Alexander ... Catherine
            Kris Kristofferson ... Ken Murphy

            My View:

            First off, the quality of the cast is exceptional, stand out performers include Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin as Alex and Gigi, their relationship is really the basis of the film as the cool Alex advises the lonely (At times desperate) Gigi that she is coming on too strong with men and needs to chill out, as she learns and grows, his feelings for her change and eventually the story twists around 180 degrees.

            Jennifer Connolly and Bradley Cooper play Janine and Ben, a married couple whose spark has gone, Janine thinks Ben has lied about taking up smoking when actually he has been up to even worse with Anna (Scarlett Johannson).

            Jennifer Anniston and Ben Affleck are sweet as a couple who can't commit and Drew Barrymore is happy on the periphery as a women trying to find the right man, but not knowing how to communicate with email, msn, skype and everything else.

            I actually liked the film, it is one that I think is aimed at women, but some of the points really rang true, the affair was particularly honest as the man tries desperately not to stray but eventually the attention proves too much for him, the story about a good man who can't commit to marriage also illustrates that love means more than a ring, but it also means making your partner happy.

            Some of the usual rubbish about how long to wait to ring somebody and the like rings as hollow as ever and proves that people live on the stories of others, some stories just show what a man thinks, if he likes you, he will call and if you like him, you should call, why worry about rules and stupid stuff, this is your life and your opportunity for love. The film follows this in a funny and at times romantic way.

            I felt the film was a bit lightweight and people like Connolly and Barrymore had little to do, but overall it was enjoyable and a definite 3 out of 5 as it is a good fun 2 hours. It is available for £4.59 on Amazon.co.uk and is well worth it.

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              09.08.2010 14:30
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              Great film

              I had wanted to see this since it was released at the cinema but never got round to it so when it arrived the other day from my online DVD rental company I was very happy and couldn't wait to settle down and watch it! This is a film only review as I never bother with any extras.

              *Plot*
              The film begins by introducing us to various characters. One of these is Gigi, a young woman who has been on a string of unsuccessful dates. She goes on a date with Connor and is certain he will call, however after saying goodnight to her he is straight on the phone to Anna. However, Anna has just met Connor in a grocery store. They obviously like one another but he tells her he is married and nothing can happen between them.

              A few days later Gigi decides to bite the bullet and head to a bar where she knows Connor drinks. Here she meets Alex, a friend of Connors who tells it to her straight - if Connor wanted to call he would have. Gigi doesn't appreciate this wake up call but Alex's advice may prove to be more useful than she had imagined.

              *Opinion*
              I had really high expectations of this film as I had heard so much about it and I was desperate to see it. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the film throughout and thought it was brilliant.

              I found the opening of the film to be very good. It introduced us to all of the characters and also gave us information about how they would behave and also their background. I found that by being introduced to the characters this way it meant that I knew exactly who they were throughout and who was seeing who etc.

              I warmed to most of the characters as they were all portrayed in a good light. One of my favourite characters was Anna, played by Scarlett Johansson, a struggling singer who was quickly falling for Connor. The main character of the film was Gigi and I loved her as she was so typical to so many girls and she was great fun!

              I loved the plot, it was predictable in places but I still enjoyed watching how things would pan out. I thought the film flowed really well and even though the film runs for 2 hours I wasn't at all bored and instead I really enjoyed every second of the film.

              I think most women will enjoy this film - it is a perfect chick flick, it is funny and also believable. Some men may enjoy it but I think it is probably more suited to women!

              *Additional Information*
              The film was released in 2009.
              It was directed by Ken Kwapis.
              It stars Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Connelly, Morgan Lily, Bradley Cooper and Michelle Carmichael.
              It is rated a 12 and runs for just over 2 hours.
              IMDB rates it 6.5/10 (over 32,000 votes).

              *Summary*
              A great chick flick which I absolutely loved, I will be buying myself the DVD and recommending it to all of my friends.

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                07.07.2010 23:30
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                good american film!

                I went to see this in the cinema with a couple of friends. I saw the trailer for this film and it looked like a good film, so me and mates agreed that we should watch this film! I thought the film was good, but as it has different stories for a different character (a bit like the film love actually)

                5 women. six men.

                storylines :

                1. Gigi is desperate to find Mr Right, however there is one guy she does like, named Conor,but he never texts her back, she fed up of this guy not calling her back so she asks advice for a bar man named Alex, who respones 'He's just not that into you.' But more may happen.
                2. Beth is dating Neil, however as Neil is working on a surprise for Beth, Beth worries that he is spending less time with her and would rather spend more time with him. But he is really with his wife! Will their relationship last?
                3. Mary is a woman who works in advertisement, and advertises online dating and search for the single ladies! Can she get any customers?
                4. Conor is dating Anna, but then while at the supermarket Anna bumps into Ben who has a soft spot for her!

                cast

                Gigi : Ginnifer Goodwin
                Beth Murphy : Jennifer Aniston
                Neil : Ben Affleck
                Anna : Scarlett Johansan
                Mary : Drew Barrymore
                Ben : Bradley Cooper
                Conor : Kevin Connelly
                Janie : Jennifer Connelly
                Alex : Justin Long

                cerificate : 12
                director : Ken Kwapis
                runtime : 129 minutes

                Overall, I do like this film and it does have good characters and storylines, but the film did drag on a little (running over two hours) as some characters only appear for twenty minutes such as Jennifer Aniston. The story seems to only focus on the characters Gigi and Alex, and with other characters included I did did get lost at points during the film, But it is a good film to watch with an American all star cast!! four out of five stars for me.

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                07.06.2010 17:33
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                Good but not great.

                This is a review about the film only not the dvd.

                I watched this at the weekend as it was on Sky and it seems that all of my series linked programmes are coming to an end, so I needed something for Sunday night viewing before what turned out to be a very disappointing end to season 8 of 24.

                I watched the film purely as it said it was a romcom (easy viewing) and there seemed to be a lot of stars in the line up.

                The story focuses on a few people who it turns out are all linked in some way or another and are all going through some sort of relationship journey, which I'm sure most people can relate to.

                Some of the main characters are:
                GiGi - Ginnifer Goodwin
                Conor - Kevin Connolly
                Beth - Jennifer Anniston
                Neil - Ben Affleck
                Janine - Jennifer Connelly
                Ben - Bradley Cooper
                Anna - Scarlett Johanson

                The characters all have different romantic situations going on (I don't want to go into too much detail and ruin it) but there are marriage troubles, failed dates, affairs, men refusing to get married etc.

                I think the most interesting thing about this film is the way the characters are all connected in some way, they all have their own situations going on but they are all linked to each other in various different ways, and I like figuring this out throughout the film.

                Aside from that the films storyline is pretty dull. I never think romcoms are going to be particularly great but this film seemed to not go anywhere, it was also quite easy to predict some of the scenarios, however it was not terrible so I watched it until the end.

                The acting in this film is of good quality as to be expected of such "top billed" actors/actresses I feel however it's the story line that lacks much excitement.

                There are a few parts in the film which are like snippets of "real people's" opinions of certain situations, such as how to know if you have been dumped, what "I'll call you" actually means that sort of thing.

                I don't think I would watch this film again, but if you have a few spare hours it's not bad viewing. The story lines are a bit dull in themselves but seeing how the characters are all intertwined is actually the best part.

                Good but not great. Classic Romcom.

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                10.05.2010 14:28
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                A pleasant enough watch, but hardly exciting

                He's Just Not That Into You...bit of a lengthy title. Not exactly snappy. Anyway, the film was released in 2009 and got a lot of attention due to it's all-star cast: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connolly...

                There isn't one story to this film. It features several stories, mainly about women having man troubles. Things don't go right for them, and often the answer is that...you guessed it...he's just not that into you.

                What I would term as the main story follows Ginnifer Goodwin's character, Gigi. After yet another guy doesn't call, she adopts Alex (Justin Long) as her advisor. His advice tends to be brutally straightforward, and she shares it with her friends. One of whom, Jennifer Aniston's character Beth, assumes it applies to every man in existence and ruins her happiness through it.

                The stories are fun and enjoyable, but I think there are maybe a few too many. And they are all inter-connected, which is a great idea, but I did start to get a bit lost trying to remember who knows who. The stories aren't so different that they are easy to keep apart in your head, and they all share locations.

                Weaving together lots of different love stories isn't original though. He's Just Not That Into You came across to me as an American version of Love Actually - but nowhere near as good. And I expect the format was done before Love Actually.

                There are some interesting elements to some of the stories. Drew Barrymore's Mary gets caught up in technology. She talks to guys on Myspace, by email, text, voicemail...but rarely, it seems, face to face. And surprise surprise, she has no luck finding someone right. The message here is clear: stick to actually talking to people.

                On the whole, the characters are positive, looking for love and happiness. Scarlett Johansson's character Anna also seems to be looking for happiness, but doesn't go about it in the right way. She treats a really nice guy badly, and has an affair with a married man. I'm not a huge fan of Johansson, she doesn't seem to have a broad acting range, and for some reason I didn't mind seeing her playing a rather shallow character.

                There are happy and unhappy endings in this film; it would be rather unrealistic if everything worked out for all these characters. However every ending can be predicted as soon as you get introduced to the story.

                On the whole, He's Just Not That Into You was a perfectly enjoyable film. It just wasn't great. The stories were average, the acting adequate but all these stars didn't have much to work with. I wouldn't say don't bother - but I also wouldn't say you must see it.

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                  recommended if you like romantic comedy

                  He's Just Not that Into You
                  ...Or am I just really not that into this film?

                  A short bit about the film itself
                  The film is an American romantic comedy, which was released in February 2009. It was directed by Ken Kwapis and was written by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt. It has an all star cast including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Ginnifer Godwin and Scarlett Johansson. It is around 2 hours to 2 and a half hours long.
                  When/Why did I see the film?
                  I saw this in the cinema a few weeks back with my friends.
                  Not all my friends enjoyed it, about half of us loved it and the other half were falling asleep.
                  I think the reason we went to see it is because there's an all star cast: Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck etc.
                  There was one gorgeous man in it though that had all of us paying attention, though and that was Justin Long who looked great on the big screen.
                  There were some funny parts in the film, but I wasn't rolling on the floor exactly. I wouldn't describe it as 'hilarious' as some critics have.

                  Storylines and Characters
                  The film is mainly about the love lives of nine people who all seem to be having problems with relationships.
                  Gigi - (Ginnifer Godwin) is a young woman who never seems to understand the way men really feel about her. She makes friends with a man called Alex (Justin Long) who believes himself to be a love expert and is always giving Gigi advice about her love life. As always she misreads the signs he is sending her and falls in love with him. She kisses him but he becomes annoyed that she does this and walks away. However once he has left her he realises he misses her and later the two develop a relationship.
                  I could tell this was going to happen the whole way through the film so I wouldn't say it was the most original story line but it was still alright to watch especially as Justin Long was in it quite a lot and he is quite hot.

                  Janine (Jennifer Connelly) is having problems in her marriage to Ben (Bradley Cooper), who is cheating on her with Anna (Scarlett Johansson). One day, Janine finds a packet of cigarettes in their home and gets upset because she had asked Ben to quit as her father had died of lung cancer.
                  Ben admits to Janine that he's been having an affair. She is upset as you'd expect, but also so in love with Ben she forgives him and starts planning how they're going to get through this.
                  After this, in the film, Ben is with Anna in the office when Janine arrives unexpectedly. Anna rushes and hides in the cupboard. Janine starts stripping in the office because she wants so badly to get their marriage back on track. She seduces Ben and they have sex.
                  When Janine finally leaves Anna runs out of Ben's office disgusted. She leaves him.
                  And when Janine gets home she also decides to leave him, because she finds more cigarettes in the house. She goes crazy in the film, throwing things around and smashing things. It is an intense performance, I think she pulls it off quite well.
                  Anna is also dating a man called Connor. At the end of the film Connor begins dating Anna's friend Mary (Drew Barrymore).

                  Beth (Jennifer Anniston) is trying to convince her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck) that they should get married. At first he doesn't want to but you can guess that towards the end of the story they do get married.
                  Would I recommend watching the film?
                  I think if you like films such as Clueless, Legally Blonde, girly films like them you'll love this. But if you hate romantic comedy it'll bore you to death.

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                    A poor film which only made it as far as it did because of it's cast.

                    This is a film I would never normally go out and buy, but I was given it, so after it had sat on my shelf for some while (I'm not good at watching things immediately and actually have a whole shelf of not yet watched films), I finally got round to watching it. The blurb on the back sounded ok, a bit umm... girly chick flick for my taste, but what the heck eh, it's something to watch!

                    ~*~ Synopsis ~*~
                    Set in Baltimore today, this film starts with a series of scenes where one girl is telling another why the bloke she fancies isn't into her - it's because he's forgotten her number, or coz he's just out of a relationship or he's not good at relationships etc. The question is then asked why can't we just accept the one thing that's staring us in the face... he's just not that into you.

                    From here, we go on to watch a number of couples as they meet, get to know each other fall in love, break up, move on etc. We watch people debating marriage, two timing each other, and even trying to figure out how to date online.

                    ~*~ What I liked and disliked ~*~
                    Now I have to admit, when I looked at this I thought ooh Drew Barrymore is in it, I usually like her performance in films, and she's played such a wide range of characters that she doesn't get pigeon holed the way some actresses do. Unfortunately although she's given a fairly big mention on the DVD case, she really didn't feature in the film much at all. Instead we saw a lot more of Jennifer Aniston whom I don't really rate as an actress and find quite whiney and irritating. Although to be fair, she was far less whiney than many of the other women in this film.

                    I really didn't enjoy the fact that this film seems to stereotype men and women in a way which just isn't fair. In this film all the women are needy, they spend hours waiting for the phone to ring, or working out what to wear for their next date. All the men seem to be out to try and get sex, not commit themselves, and avoid ringing women back, or bumping into them. The whole thing felt really like it was just trying way to hard and failing.

                    Actually, it felt a bit like they were trying to create a similar style and feeling to the one you get watching a show such as Sex and the City. This was reinforced by the fact that every so often a question is sort of randomly posed through the film and random people (women) throw their answers about it to the camera - mostly in an 'anti man' sort of way. The big difference and the reason this style failed to work in this film is that in Sex and the City the four main characters are women with attitude, their own style, and who have brains and know they are someone whether they're with a man or not. Whereas here, in this film, these women seem to need someone to actually tell them that if a bloke doesn't call them it's because he's not into them, or if he's not married them for 7 years he's never going to do so. I mean seriously?

                    I also found this film rather mixed up to be honest, like it was trying to be different things. A modern setting, a modern world, so called modern women working modern jobs and living modern lives, but this vague sort of feeling that they would rather have their man and be barefoot and pregnant because having their man and being married is the be all and end all of everything. One of the couples has been together 7 years and isn't married yet, and yet, she's still waiting for him to ask her. While others are seeking and looking and waiting instead of just getting on and living their lives and having fun.

                    To be honest, if I had to list emotions I felt when watching this film, I'd say it was boredom combined with irritation. The women are too needy, the men are too macho. The story was vague, and the performances were for the most part weak. The few scenes that felt real and well played were so short and limited that they were lost in the rest. One of the best scenes was Drew Barrymore's character sat talking to a couple of male friends about dating online and how the dating scene has changed - that scene felt real, but sadly it was surpassed by the many scenes that were stilted and boring and pathetic - like the one where you have a group of friends stood together trying on pink bridesmaids dresses because one of them is getting married at last.

                    ~*~ Bonus Features ~*~
                    There's not a lot in the way of extras here, basically all you get is some deleted scenes. You can watch them with or without commentary, but that's about the only choice you have. To be honest, they weren't really any better than the rest of the film, and if you didn't enjoy the film I wouldn't bother watching these.

                    ~*~ My Conclusion ~*~
                    Honestly, I think this was one of the most boring films I've watched in a long time. If I'd not been sat with someone else who was enjoying it, I wouldn't have bothered sitting through it. It was too long, badly put together, and I am kind of amazed that people like Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlet Johansson and Ben Affleck took part in it. I can see why it would appeal to someone like Jennifer Aniston, but then I don't think I've seen anything she's done that she's been very good in.

                    Having written this review, I pulled out the DVD case to just check a couple of things (like running time - 124 mins, and who directed it - Ken Kwapis) and discovered that it's actually based on a book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo who were series writers for Sex and the City. I guess that explains why there is a feeling of similarity between this and that show really. What it doesn't explain is why this was so bad.

                    If you like films that don't really go anywhere, are contrived and stereo type people in a bad way, you might rather like this. If however you're looking for actual entertainment, I'd seriously give this a miss.

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                      07.04.2010 16:00
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                      Love, relationships, self-help agenda!

                      Whenever a movie is packed with very famous actors and actresses I get the feeling that the story is thin, and they are compensating for this by hiring an A-rated Hollywood cast. I also suspected this when purchasing this movie from www.play.com.

                      But for the first time in a very long time I was caught by surprise. This movie is actually worth seeing! Hurray!

                      Basic storyline: a bunch of people struggling with love and relationships.
                      Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Gigi, a young woman attempting to understand the mixed signals she gets from the men she's dating. She gets advice from a bar owner (Justin Long) who prides himself on understanding the ins and outs of the dating scene. Gigi's co-worker Janine (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself involved in a major redecorating project with her husband, Ben (Bradley Cooper). Unbeknownst to Janine, Ben contemplates an affair with Anna (Scarlett Johansson), an attractive woman trying to make a career as a singer. Another of Gigi's friends at work, Beth (Jennifer Aniston), enjoys a successful, healthy relationship with Neil (Ben Affleck), but storm clouds hover over them as he has no interest in getting married.

                      The stories are intertwined, and for a while you get confused as the film becomes a bit staccato when jumping from one couple to the next person to another couple to the unfaithful guy with the single girl... Nevertheless, the film improves as it goes, and half way trough the movie I admit to myself that this is the feel good romantic comedy I had hoped it would be.

                      ENDING:
                      For the most part it has a happy ending, but I guess there is a moral to the story as well - as some actions have consequences...

                      Runtime: 129 minutes

                      Cast:
                      Drew Barrymore
                      Jennifer Connelly
                      Jennifer Aniston
                      Kevin Connolly
                      Scarlett Johansson
                      Bradley Cooper
                      Justin Long
                      Ben Affleck
                      Ginnifer Goodwin

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                        Hmmm, Not That Good!

                        This is another of my film only reviews as I watched this film on the plane coming back from Honeymoon so I have not got the DVD or have watched any extras. I watched this film as I love a good easy going film to watch every now and again. This was not one of those films as nothing much happened and I cannot say I enjoyed it all that much. I was tempted to give up half way through but I didn't and here is what I thought of the film.

                        The story of the film is quite disjointed but you expect that from reading any synopsis. It tells the stories of quite a few people who are looking for love or fed up of love or just generally loving love. Gigi is a lady who really wants to find love, Janine and Ben are a happy couple or are they as Ben meets the very alluring Anna. Then you have Mary who works in advertising but is on the look out for love at all times and has the whole office helping her out and also waiting for the gossip at all times.

                        Ok so I like films where they have lots of stories which at some point do seem to interlock and this film had just that which I thought would be great. Each story was interesting in its own right and should of worked but my issue is that the script seems to be very weak indeed and this had an impact on the story.

                        The issue with the story is that it doesn't keep your attention because it seems to be so wishy washy. The characters are weak and the script is nothing to write home about and this means that you get a little bit fed up of everything that is going on. The stories are interesting if they are in one film but they flick between so often that when you are getting into one it goes and you don't see it again from a while. Then you have the fact that the actors don't seem to get into their roles at all and this is what I will discuss next.

                        So lets go through the characters in turn. Gigi was one I liked but found immensely annoying. I understand having a needy character but you go into the realm of too needy and if you don't make it humorous you just get fed up of watching it. I do however like the actress Ginnifer Goodwin as she at least seemed to get into her role but its a shame that her story was interesting but the script was just all wrong in my opinion.

                        Then you have Janine and Ben who are played by Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper. Jennifer is playing her title role again which I like sometimes but she really needs to branch out a bit more. I think she did a lot for this role but again the story let her down. Ben I liked as his story was the most intriguing one but I did find myself going this is so predictable and Bradley just did not seem to get into the role. I have recently watched the Hangover and it was like watching a completely different actor as he really got into his role so I wished he had done it in this film.

                        Justin Long plays Alex who is a match maker for Gigi as he tries to give her some advice on men. I actually liked his character and his acting so I couldn't wait for his scenes to come on the screen. Unfortunately though a lot of them are with Gigi who is annoying so you just cant win with this film. Justin is always fab though!

                        Then the 2 people who I have missed out might as well have not been in the film as the characters were uninteresting and very flat and didn't light up the screen at all. Anna played by Scarlet Johansson is a good character and is in the most interesting storyline of the film but Scarlet seems uninterested by the role. Then Drew Barrymore plays Mary who I love usually but again she doesn't get into the role which does not make for good viewing.

                        The film lasts for about 2 hours which is way too long for a film of this kind. Maybe if it was 90 minutes it would have been a lot better but the film has you waiting for the end and then when it comes you think thank you.

                        In conclusion I do not think this film is very good. I think the story is great and the idea is fantastic but a poor execution on the screen is to blame. None of the characters are memorable and they do not light up the screen at all. The problem is none of the characters you can identify with so I lose interest in them. I did not enjoy this film but I did keep watching until the end and I can see that the ideas they had was ok.

                        This film gets 2 stars form me and that is purely because of the Ben storyline which was interesting. Its a shame as this film could have been great and it just fails to impress.

                        Thanks for reading.

                        xxx

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                          19.10.2009 11:24
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                          A romantic movie with some funny moments

                          If dating was easy then Gigi Phillips would have nothing to obsess about while she's meant to be working, relaxing and generally enjoying life. She's determined to find true love but seems to get stuck with a string of guys who don't call her after the first date. Then whilst trying to track down Connor the latest in this list of men she meets Alex who lets her in on a little secret, that if a guy doesn't call it means that really he's just not that into you. Along the way we see the influences her actions have on her friends and family and see just how smooth love really is.

                          This is another one of those films that Jen came home with that as soon as she mentioned watching it my eyes rolled into the back of my head. If the last few films we've watched could be considered comedy chick flicks there was no doubt that this one was going straight into the romantic chick flick genre. There are a host of stars in the cast for this film but I'm afraid that this is really a film for the girls and despite the presence of Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston won't be enough to keep most blokes interested.

                          Of course looking back at director Ken Kwapis's previous work its little surprise that this is a slushy love story type of movie. Couple that with the writers being the brains behind Sex and the City and from a male perspective you've got a real recipe for disaster. If however a romantic movie is exactly what you're looking for then this does deliver what it says on the tin. The storyline is very slushy with a rather stark and at times interesting insight into male and female relations. The direction seems to work to suit the style of the movie and while at 2 hours and 10 minutes long there was perhaps only 10 minutes where you felt it was dragging a little bit.

                          While this is as far from the type of film I'd personally want to watch it is a reasonable film. There are the slushy lovey moments you would expect and a few little twists and turns that keep the film moving forward. There are some rather pointless segways in the movie where they interview "regular" members of the public about certain dating meanings and I felt that was a complete waste of time and disrupted the flow of the film. While I can honestly say this is my idea of movie hell the script was reasonable and the direction did exactly what you would want in this type of movie.

                          The cast is packed full of stars including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson all making appearances. The real star of the film is Ginnefer Goodwin an actress who looks very familiar but whose face you just can't place. In the role as the obsessive Gigi you really buy her performance as she goes from being compulsive about one relationship to another. The other star for me has to be Justin Long playing Alex as he gives out his advice to Gigi he portrays the role of Alex very well and you can tell beneath his icy exterior that he's not perhaps the person he's pretending to be.

                          I felt that the film really lent itself to having the two stars, however with a list of famous faces providing the roles of Gigi's friends and family there are some good human nature performances from the likes of Johansson. The supporting roles take on the family and friends well and display the characters in the way you can imagine they were written in the first place. There is only one performance and character that seemed out of place and that was Jennifer Connelly as Gigi's sister, her character was far too over the top and really has to be the weakest character in the film.

                          Whilst this really isn't a film for me it was reasonably enjoyable and if you're looking for a romantic feel good type of film then chances are you will enjoy this. Of course it has its moments where you expect something a bit more but from my point of view while it was enjoyable enough there really wasn't anything special about the film that would make me consider watching it again. It does do what it says on the tin though and will leave you with a slightly warmer outlook on relationships but to say anymore would probably ruin the film. Not one for me but fans of romantic movies will love it.

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                            11.10.2009 15:51
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                            I'd give it a miss unless you like a million characters doing each other.

                            You know this must be the one of the most confusing films to write a review on because I'm even managing to confuse myself.

                            I recently won a free subscription to Blockbuster for a month plus a load of vouchers to spend in store so I've been renting movie after movie. This is one of the unfortunate chick flicks I picked and I won't be watching it again.

                            ~~ Plot ~~

                            The storyline follows different men and women through their relationships and sees the main couple Beth and Neil argue over marriage and let it ultimately decide their future. The web of relationships spin together through Gigi, Beth and Janine who are best friends working for the same company. The same can be said for Anna and Mary who are both looking for Mr Right but have run into some hitches on the way.

                            Alex, Ben, Connor and Neil are the men in this story and some seem to be getting more than others.

                            So who falls for who? Which women leave their men behind and who comes out with the perfect relationship?

                            ~~ My Opinion ~~

                            Confusing is not the word to describe this film as it goes far past that. The men all seem to look alike and there were times when I wondered if I was watching a different film at the end to the start. When writing this review I tried to look at the different characters to describe them but most of the time I probably wouldn't be able to tell you who was who. But here goes.

                            Beth found her Mr Right Neil years ago but he isn't prepared to give her the marriage she so wants and Beth takes this as a sign that Neil just isn't that into her and asks him to leave. This is how the story starts and straight away I could see the end before it happened. Very predictable, very click flick and usually something I don't mind. For some reason, I did with this film and got a bit bored after a whole 5 minutes.

                            Janine is married and living with Ben but Ben just isn't that into her and actually married his college sweetheart after she issued him an ultimatum. Their sex life is extremely lacking so what does a man do when he doesn't get what he wants? He finds it in Anna. Anna has a sort of safe relationship with Connor but she finds him boring and comfortable rather than sexy and exciting. Along comes Ben and Anna is into Ben big time but the small hitch - he's married to Janine. This could probably be a good storyline but it too becomes a predictable shambles. The acting is great so don't get me wrong but the storyline is far too weak for me and by this point you wonder who is with who and do they all just do each other?

                            Gigi is the lonely desperate woman that every female group seems to have. She meets Alex at a bar and through him finds out the harsh truth about men and relationships and learns there are rules but there can be exceptions.

                            Gigi and Beth were the only characters I could actually warm to. Beth had her perfect man and perfect relationship but she couldn't get over that barrier of wanting marriage with a man that was happy how they were. Lots of men have commitment fears and Beth forced Neil into a position where he had to do some serious thinking and risk losing the woman he's into for good. I think this part was a good storyline bar the fact it was all way too predictable. At the same time, Beth is forced with the prospect of her sisters wedding and in turn learns some valuable lessons about marriage.

                            Gigi is the woman that everyone tries to avoid being. Noone wants to end up lonely, desperate and alone but unfortunately someone has to. She falls into the all predictable traps of men saying they'll call but never do and men saying I love yuo on the first date just to get what they want. She even falls for the I'll be out of town for the next couple of weeks but we still have tonight routine. You feel heartily sorry for her and actually appreciate Alex helping her along the way.

                            The storyline was far too jumpy for me and myself and my poor partner who i'd forced to watch it were completely lost on more than one occasion. Next time, if you're going to cast so many characters try to make them look a bit different so you know who is who!!

                            ~~ Overall ~~

                            I think you'll see by now we didn't really enjoy the film. My review is probably really confusing but that's only because I found the film so confusing. Jumping scenes and too many main characters were definitely too much for my brain to cope with and despite the good names and nice acting skills, it gets a huge thumbs down for me.

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                            27.09.2009 21:25
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                            A quick summary and review of "He's Just Not That Into you"

                            'He's Just Not That Into You' makes single ladies everywhere ask themselves -

                            "Are you the exception... or are you the rule?"


                            The movie follows the love-lives of several ladies and gents in the Baltimore area, who are all somehow connected. Each of them journey through trials and tribulations regarding the opposite sex. Secret Affairs. Ruined Marriages. Dates. Rejection. Mixed Signals. No More Sex. And that question we all want answering.. Why Hasn't He Called? The main feature of the film tends to focuss on typical player Alex, who believes there is a no-fail system in the way men think and act, whilst filling in Gigi on the rules, an unexpected romance blossoms.
                            Here we have a typical all round Chick flick. According to my man sources, it's not one for the guys. It is a very laid back and light hearted film where you don't really need to think about what's going on. Whilst sitting in the cinema watching this film with my friends, all I could hear around me were girls cringing and saying "Oh my god thats soo like me!" or "My ex was just like that." There are definitely plenty of stereotypes to relate to, and so a good opportunity to have a giggle, while you reminisce on all the crazy things you've done to try and find that perfect someone. Whist there are a number of Bridget-Jones-esque moments for comedy value, there are also a few tear-jerking moments to give a good balance. It features an amazing cast including Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck. Although I did enjoy watching this as a one off, for me its not one I could watch time after time and I'd say it drags a little bit towards the end. I would definitely recommend giving it a go, as long as you're willing to take it for what it is - a typical chick flick, and don't expect too much else!

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