ReviewWriter: Lai Swee WeiWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects:
NACinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"Love Actually", "Sex And The City"
The focus here is the one simple truth that women all around the world can't seem to face - he's just not that into you! Brilliant.
The opening scenes couldn't be better expressed or done, showcasing a variety of excuses women say to their girlfriends to reason out why guys never call back when they said they will. Seemingly comparable to "Love Actually", this serves as an eye-opening chick flick for all women (and men) to enjoy as it touches on four issues; 'if she's not sleeping with you', 'if he's not calling you', 'if he's not marrying you' and 'if he's sleeping with someone else' - all evidently leading to the movie title as the answer. Every man's actions and words uttered are interpreted to reveal the truth behind their secret meanings.
Throughout the two hours, the pacing of the film never gets dull as it shifts in and out of the different love situations. Beth (Jennifer Aniston) and Neil (Ben Affleck) who have been together for seven years runs into trouble when Neil doesn't seem to want to get married because he doesn't believe in it. Ben (Bradley Cooper) faces difficulty in staying faithful to his wife Janine (Jennifer Connelly). Meanwhile, Conor (Kevin Connelly) continues to be attracted to Anna, who's been stringing him along, and the ultra-paranoid Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) stalks Conor after an ambiguously promising first date. Gigi soon gets a straight-talking relationship lecture from Conor's roomie Alex (Justin Long) that has opened up the truth about men and their actions. And then there's Mary (Drew Barrymore), driven crazy by men who always seem to be communicating in another medium.
However, throughout the talks about dating rules and their exceptions, it sends out a central message to not give up hope on love regardless of failed past relationships. To some, it might serve as a sort of self-empowerment flick or even just a plain comedy to blow off steam. Nonetheless, it'll be an interesting watch to see how these characters end up.Cinema Online, 07 April 2009