He's Just Not That Into You

Chick Flick Alert! What a fun Romantic, Romantic, Romantic Comedy (I didn't keep track of all the romances this movie touches on, so I'll make do with three).

Based on the terrific best seller by the same name written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, this wise, clever and insightful film runs a highly capable, star-studded cast through its considerable paces. We are tossed into Baltimore's young adult scene: single, married, living together, gay, straight, happy, sad, desperate. Every familiar come-on is used at least once and tonight's audience audibly recognized and howled at each and every one! We are treated to a hilarious montage that illustrates the universality of the battle of the sexes.

We start with some of the men who are exploiting some of the women, deceiving them for one-night stands with never a backward glance. The women are, by turns, bewildered, frustrated, confused and aggrieved. We see one couple, married but not happy, and another couple, happy but not married. We watch some couples uncouple and others drift in and out of each other's lives.

I refuse to tell you any of this witty story, so I'll just list some of the actors you will enjoy:
  • Ginnifer Goodwin ("Walk the Line") sweet, hopeful and ingenuous.
  • Scarlett Johansson ("Match Point") sexy, slutty and fun.
  • Bradley Cooper ("Yes Man") NEVER more appealing...YUM!
  • Drew Barrymore ("Lucky You") gets her dating advice from her gay co-workers.
  • Ben Affleck ("Hollywoodland") the exception that proves the rule.
  • Jennifer Aniston ("Marley and Me") thinks nothing but the ring will do.
  • Jennifer Connelly ("The Hulk") full of advice for everyone else.
  • Justin Long ("Just Add Water") the phone chum.

There are many more familiar faces throughout, and every performer is given his or her moment to shine. There are dramatic scenes, sexy scenes and funny scenes. We all cringed at some of the more blatant situations, knowing the outcome long before it came out, but there were poignant moments as well.

This thing is too rich for me to divulge any of the plot. Just go see it, okay?