He’s Just Not That Into You is movie that has no real identity. Is it a comedy? Or is it a Drama? One thing it has going for itself, is it’s not that entertaining. You’d think with all the talent involved, this would be a fantastic film. But what transpires is a waste of two hours.
Into You is film boasting an impressive roster of actors, without an interesting story to tell. The film follows numerous characters as they navigate their way through love and relationships. Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a girl looking for love in all the wrong places. She goes on a blind date with Conner (Eric Connolly) and when he doesn’t return her calls, she becomes frantic. Virtually stalking Conner, she arrives at one of his hang out spots, and begins to seek relationship advice from his playboy roommate, Alex (Justin Long). Meanwhile, Conner is hung up on a friend with benefits, Anna (Scarlett Johansson) who is having men issues herself. She recently met, and fell for, Ben (Bradley Cooper) who can’t get out of his miserable marriage with Janine (Jennifer Connelly). As their marriage falls apart, another fails to get off the ground. Neil (Ben Affleck) and Beth (Jennifer Aniston) have been together for seven years and Neil maintains he doesn’t believe in marriage. This pushes Beth away, and she departs from the relationship. Somewhere in all this Mary (Drew Barrymore), is a woman who can’t figure out how technology and relationships mix. All this sound confusing? Well, it’s really not, as the movie just runs circles around itself into standard characters and situations. Nothing is surprising, and the funny moments are few and far between. Same can be said for the romantic moments, so how this is considered a “romantic comedy,” I’m not really sure.
The cast has little to play with as the script by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed) seems too formulaic and in search for real direction. Directed by Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) the movie never really finds itself, and can’t figure out what it wants to be. For example, Gigi comes off as an annoying stalker, then they try to make her a great girl who can’t catch a break. How am I suppose to sympathize with this girl, after she is shown virtually stalking a guy she just met? Maybe some books shouldn’t be adapted, since this was from the self help book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The book may have helped people, but this movie surely won’t. Behrendt wrote the book after the line “he’s just not that into you,” became popular when uttered on the TV series Sex and the City. Whether the series or the movie, City is levels above Into You.
I’m usually a fan of ensemble movies about relationships. Love Actually and Sidewalks of New York are two films that show how it’s done. While both of those films, are in the middle of comedy and drama, they both have an emotional center that is easy to connect with. You care about the characters in those films. As for the characters in He’s Just Not That Into You, I’m just not that into them.