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Frat Pack Tribute Movie Review: He's Just Not That Into You

Review by Kevin Crossman

He's Just Not That Into You is an ensemble dramedy filled with angst-filled singles and couples with relationships on the rocks. Director Ken Kwapis (License to Wed, He Said, She Said, The Office) keeps things moving along and brings the movie down for a satisfactory ending. The film features an all-star cast including Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, and Bradley Cooper and does feature a considerable amount of "male point of view" to make it worthwhile for husbands and boyfriends to actually enjoy being dragged to the theatre. Though the film hardly breaks new ground, it's also a good time at the movies if this sort of thing is, well, your thing.

This is one of those RomCom's that features a large cast with slightly overlapping relationships. Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is the central, neurotic character, constantly overanalyzing her relationships. The movie opens with her date with real estate agent Connor (Kevin Connolly) and she soon bumps into Connor's buddy and restauranteur Alex (Justin Long). The best parts of the movie are the scenes of Long explaining how guys tick to Gigi who obviously has no clue. This is the major storyline in the film and both Long and Goodwin are cute but not too cute to make this really enjoyable.

Connor has a thing for sometime girlfriend Anna (Scarlet Johansson) who has the hots for married Ben (Bradley Cooper). Ben's wife Janine (Jennifer Connoly) works with Gigi and also with Beth (Jennifer Aniston) who cannot convince her boyfriend of ten years (Ben Affleck) to pop the question. These storylines are more drama than comedy, especially Aniston's. But that doesn't make it any less interesting or enjoyable.

Rounding out the principal cast is Mary (Drew Barrymore) is friends with Anna and ends the film dating one of the other characters (see how this whole thing connects?). Despite being a producer of the film, Barrymore is mostly on hand for comic relief.

With acting talent like this, problems with the movie are not with the acting. Aniston, Long, and Goodwin hold up the film for the most part, and I must say that Johansson hasn't been this good in years (though she's still not an overall asset to the film). The problem is that it feels that we've seen this film before, just with different actors. Is it a remake or just familiar writing? And while the multiple storylines are interesting, you don't quite have that traditional RomCom emotional uplift in act three when the couple you're rooting for finally gets together.

Frat Pack fans could do worse on date night than this film that features so many familiar faces. Bradley Cooper leaves behind Sack from Wedding Crashers and has a good mix of comedy and drama in his role. It's a shame that Aniston and Long do not share screen time, since they had good chemistry in The Break-Up. But both are wonderful here and remind us why they've been so consistently great in the past few years. Long graduates from geeky earnestness and moves into a great role as a confident lothario. Aniston has some supremely touching scenes but also gets to deliver the film's sole PG-13 f-bomb.

So, this guy says that He's Just Not That Into You is something that I kind of got into.