We've all heard it, and some of us have said it: "I'm so glad I'm not out there anymore." It's the kind of statement that is made after observing the elaborately convoluted nature of the modern mating ritual. He's Just Not That Into You, a humorous and heartfelt take on the sometimes excruciating and frequently exhilarating nature of love, will evoke that sentiment in spades.

Witty and clever, the film offers observations about the awkwardness of first dates, anxiety-ridden days spent waiting for the telephone to ring, the obsession with achieving the perfect marriage, and the temptations that arise to violate the sanctity of that commitment. He's Just Not is like an American version of Love Actually, a tragicomedy that doles out romantic success and failure in equal measure.

The plot is episodic, structurally linked by When Harry Met Sally–style interludes in which characters who aren't part of the narrative relay funny anecdotes before a title card announces the start of a new chapter: ("He's just not that into you if he's not calling you," or "… if he's sleeping with someone else," or "… if he's not marrying you," etc.)

See if you can keep this all straight. Ben (Bradley Cooper) is married to Janine (Jennifer Connelly), but is considering having an affair with Anna (Scarlett Johansson), whom Conor (Kevin Connolly) is also pining for when he's not fending off Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), who only went out with him once but thinks she may have met her soul mate (but she always thinks that), despite the fact that Conor's friend Alex (Justin Long) has been advising her to stop sitting next to the phone and wise up. OK, now stop and catch your breath here.

Meanwhile, Neil (Ben Affleck) and Beth (Jennifer Anniston) ...

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He's Just Not That Into You
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3 Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for sexual content and brief strong language)
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Directed By
Ken Kwapis
Run Time
2 hours 9 minutes
Cast
Morgan Lily, Trenton Rogers, Michelle Carmichael, Jasmine Woods
Theatre Release
February 06, 2009
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