|He's Just Not That Into You
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, and Scarlett Johansson
Even without its underlying message that when it comes to relationships, men are always wrong no matter what they think, say, or do, He's Just Not That Into You doesn't distinguish itself as having anything new to offer in the romantic comedy genre. It is a well-hammered belief that men don't like romcoms, which is not entirely true. Men just hate the overwhelming majority of them, because the overwhelming majority of them aren't very good. But give us Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally, and we can handle it. So why are most romantic comedies not up to snuff? Primarily, it's because they're all written with one goal in mind: "And they lived happily ever after." And the only way to avoid being exactly like every other movie with the same finish line is to change the runners in the race, pairing people up who should never be together so that their journey to Happily Ever After isn't based in any kind of reality. Before we dig much deeper into that, however, let's introduce you to the small city that populates this film. There's Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), who bounds from first date to first date, investing herself completely into every word a prospective suitor says to her, and tying herself up in knots when he inevitably never calls. He doesn't call, of course, because she's a lunatic, and the film makes no bones about it. You wouldn't want to date her. We've also got Beth (Jennifer Aniston), who has been living with Neil (Ben Affleck) for seven years. He doesn't want to get married, but since marriage is, apparently, the only thing in the world women care about, Neil's the bad guy. We have two options: They'll break up or he'll come around, realizing how wrong he was to have his own opinion.
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