He's Just Not That Into You DVD Review
While most movies about men and the challenges they deal with in life, have to do with really big stuff like beating up alien invaders or saving the planet, all that women usually get to face is fretting about those men just not paying some romantic attention to them. And He's Just Not That Into You is hardly an exception, continuing that dreary old school Hollywood habit when it comes to female urges, of putting on the back burner any notions of women making a difference in the world.
Based on the co-gender authored bestseller of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who also penned Sex And The City together, He's Just Not That Into You boasts a star-studded cast that paradoxically lifts the mediocre material above its mostly ho-hum origins, while calling into suspension-of-disbelief question how or why these glamorous celebs could be such unrequited rejects, even fictionally speaking. In any case, why does the world have to be such a small space for women in movies, that rarely extends beyond their sex lives.
Not surprisingly, even if it is a comedy, the opener squarely collars you-know-who when fingering the perpetrator of universal female woes, zooming in on the mommy blame game. It was, after all, Mom who consoled you when a bratty schoolboy punched you or would ridicule you in the playground for smelling like dog poop, that it's just because he has a really big crush on you. Enter the female masochist mystique.
The funniest revelation in this generally unenlightening how-to happy ending training manual for aspiring female objects of desire, may be Drew's character discovering that the new digital communication technologies might not be in her favor because 'my voice doesn't match my face.' But while at least three of these women share the same workplace, we never learn much about why they care about being there, or what they actually do, so preoccupied is this story with woman-as-her-own worst-enemy, self-incriminating personal pastimes. And more in line with maudlin teen screen romance.
Warner Home Video
2 1/2 stars
DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; Audio Commentary; Optional Commentary by Director Ken Kwapis; Featurettes: Birthday Party / Walk Home; Anna Visits Her Mom; Annas Song; Gigis Date with Bill; Gay Pride Parade; DVD-ROM Features: Digital Copy Online.
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