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He's Just Not That Into You Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0
    47

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The possibilities of the dating game are endless and the potential for pain is great, yet the permutations of the movie's plot are predictable and repetitive.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    All of this results in way too much relationship chatter and not nearly enough comedy, romance or even dysfunctional relationships. We want to laugh -- but at what?

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    He's Just Not That Into You turns romantic sanity into something so sanitized that it starts to make delusion look good.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie has a few too many story threads, but it also has some very funny lines and offers sharp-eyed commentary on the state of relationships in the era of instant messages and MySpace.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Appealing but unsurprising romcom dispenses familiar wisdom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy, while often charming, reinforces the idea that being in a relationship is the surest way to be happy. Both male and female characters conform to fairly standard romcom "types," and while the movie attempts to shed fresh light on the ups and downs of dating, it all boils down to how men and women long for someone to love. Expect some mild nudity (nothing sensitive shown), swearing, and social drinking. The question of whether or not one character is smoking in secret plays a significant role in the movie. One storyline deals with infidelity, and there are a few heated exchanges between couples.

  • Families can talk about how the film portrays dating and romance. Ask your teens if this is what they think adult relationships are really like.
  • Do the characters in the movie seem realistic, or are they exaggerated"types"? Are men really that unable to communicate? Are they reallythat insensitive? And is it really true that women can't -- or won't --read their signs?
  • Do you think the women in the movie are more or lessstereotyped than the men? Is that typical in Hollywood romanticcomedies?
  • What do you think of the role that cigarettes andsmoking play in the film? What's the impact of seeing smoking in movies?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Ultimately the movie reinforces the idea that being in a relationship is the key to happiness -- an iffy message at best. Many different types of relationships are portrayed, with different levels of happiness.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Both male and female characters are somewhat stereotypical -- many ofthe men are portrayed as especially callow -- and both genders areshown having problems reading the other's signals and sending mixedmessages. One male character is brutally honest in evaluating a woman'slove life, but she ultimately appreciates and learns from his candor. Some characters seem to believe that getting married and/or being in a relationship is the only way to be happy. One character has an affair.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Couples yell in a few scenes; in a fit of rage, a woman throws a mirror on the floor and breaks it.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Couples kiss, make out, and discuss sex. A woman disrobes off-camera and jumps into the water to skinny dip after she propositions a married man, though viewers don't actually see any sensitive body parts. A couple kisses and fondles each other in an office; later, a woman straddles a man in the same office and they presumably make love (but it's not shown).

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes several "s--t"s, a couple of uses of "f--k," "suck," "ass," "bullsh--t," "a--holes," "boobs," "dick," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands/logos for cigarettes (American Spirit is particularly prominent), beer, and a few other products (Crest WhiteStrips) are shown. The movie is based on a popular self-help book by the same name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character lies about smoking in secret; some casual/social drinking and smoking at parties, restaurants, and bars.

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