There's always an influx of "chick-flick"/date movies during the month of February due to that holiday in which we go around handing everyone cards and chocolates with the words "be mine" etched across them. Valentine's Day is the time in Hollywood where they decide to give up on slasher flicks and comic book heroes and think about what kind of romance will sell during the Hallmark Holiday. "He's Just Not That Into You" is the first February romantic comedy in a string of them that will be debuting this month, and it really isn't all that bad as romantic comedies go.
"He's Just Not That Into You" is a movie about a bunch of different people all connected in a sort of six-degrees of separation sort of way and about the relationships they're all in. At the center of the movie is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a girl obsessed with the idea that if a boy is mean to you, he likes you. The entire movie is about what people should do in dating. Should you wait until the guy calls you? Or just call him? If I'm married, does that mean I'm not going to find "the one" in another woman? Etc.
The movie is filled to the brim with an all-star cast including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson along with smaller-name TV stars like Goodwin and Kevin Connolly. While it may seem like there are way too many characters to keep track of (they're still introducing people at the 25-minute mark) don't fret. The actors help you remember what's going on with whom and who knows who just because of their charm and their chemistry with each other.
That is actually the saving grace of the film. With a less talented cast, or just a less likable cast, the movie could have been a disaster. But fortunately, people like Drew Barrymore randomly pop up in the movie who make us laugh with predicaments that we know actually happen in real life.
The funniest thing about the movie, is that EVERYTHING is relatable to the audience. The audience is able to laugh at the jokes because they've actually done some of the things in the film.
The movie is rated PG-13 for brief sexual content and brief strong language. The sexual content is prevalent in Scarlett Johansson's storyline and parents should probably keep middle schoolers away from the film for that reason. The language is strong during one scene in particular but is still used so much throughout the film that, again, it might not be appropriate for middle schoolers.
All in all, the movie is a chick-flick. Guys, beware, if you go with your girlfriend to this movie, you might be subject to questioning after the movie to see if half the stuff in this movie is actually true. The movie is also geared toward the 16 and over crowd; younger teens may not enjoy it beyond the obvious laughs.
Joey Polino is a junior at Canisius.
>He's Just Not That Into You
Review: 2 1/2 stars (out of four)