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:: He’s Just Not That Into You

A film based on a self-help book doesn’t really sound very enticing, but if you take the chance and see ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ you will be pleasantly pleased. This romantic-comedy (that borders on drama) uses its ensemble cast well and becomes the best film in this genre since ‘Love Actually’.

‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ takes the main points of the self-help book of the same name and injects them into the lives of the often-rejected and neurotic; Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), the unusual friendship/relationship of Conor (Kevin Connolly) and Anna (Scarlett Johansson), the happy-on-the-outside-but-strained-underneath marriage of Janine (Jennifer Connolly) and Ben (Bradley Cooper), the long-term-relationship-without-a-ring between Neil (Ben Affleck) and Beth (Jennifer Aniston), the relationship expert; Alex (Justin Long) and the technology-obsessed single life of Mary (Drew Barrymore). Through a series of events and relationships their lives become entwined as some desperately try to find love, some try something different and others fall out of love.

Screenwriters, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein need to be congratulated for creating not only memorable characters but also a storyline that manages to link all the main characters’ lives without leaving its audience lost or using weak links that barely work. The one thing that does standout about ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’s’ script is the fact at times the film steers away from its romantic-comedy roots and heads nicely into the drama territory.

This is also a film that can be enjoyed by both males and females as it doesn’t take the ‘all men are pricks’ stance and instead points out the mistakes that both sexes make, so well that you just know it will spark topics of discussion for weeks to come.

‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ sees several actors take the opportunity to show there is more to there acting range than many would care to admit. While Ben Affleck and Drew Barrymore find themselves in safe roles, Entourage’s Kevin Connolly takes the next step up and becomes a romantic lead while Scarlett Johansson seems to shine in a role different to what we have come to expect her; and to her credit she pulls off the-girl-next-door role very well. But the stars that really shine here are Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays a truly notable character, and Jennifer Aniston who backs up ‘Marley & Me’ with another good performance.

This is a film that speaks to both males and females and surprisingly works really well. With a good cast and great storyline, “He’s Just Not That Into You’ is set to become a favourite with those that enjoy a good romantic tale.