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February 07, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You

Hr_Hes_Just_Not_That_Into_You_33 More of a romantic train wreck than a comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" is like a moderated game of heartbreak musical chairs. Screenwriting duo Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein turned Greg Behrendt's and Liz Tuccillo's self-help book into whiny little movie about a group of interconnected spoiled brat Baltimore twentysomethings who either don't know what they want, don't know how to get what they want, or haven't a clue about how to keep what they already have. Destined to be called the "Jennifer movie" because it stars Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, and Ginnifer Goodwin, the story grinds gears between a series of bumpy subplots rather than fully developed  set-pieces. From its lack of comic timing and romantic suspense it's clear that none of the filmmakers has ever seen a Woody Allen movie. Cheating, trying to get laid, and attempting to wrangle the opposite sex into marriage or something quite like it, never seemed so dull.

Rated PG-13, 129 mins. (C-) (Two Stars out of five--no halves)

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