He’s Just Not That Into You – DVD Review

He'sJustNotThatIntoYou DVD Cover

Remember the 2003 romantic-comedy, Love Actually? It’s kind of like that. The main issue here is that He’s Just Not That Into You moves at such a slow pace that it’s hard to get into the film.

The film stars a small army of celebs that are either household names or known by sight. These include: Jennifer Aniston (Friends, Marley & Me), Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, Dogma), Drew Barrymore (Ever After, 50 First Dates), Justin Long (Drag Me to Hell, the Mac commercials), Scarlett Johansson (The Nanny Diaries, Vicky Christina Barcelona), and Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, The Day the Earth Stood Still).

All are solid actors in their own right, but the sheer amount of stars in the film leads to diminished returns. They all can’t be on-screen at once, so each storyline takes away from everyone else. Even at a staggering 120 minutes (and for a rom-com that’s a long time) it never seems like we really get to know any of the characters in a way that makes us care about them. They become stock characters, dating and relationship stereotypes that never seem to move beyond mediocrity.

As for the special features? You get both the widescreen and full screen versions of the film. And you also get a host of deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Ken Kwapis (License to Wed, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).

While this isn’t a film for someone like me, I can recommend it to anyone who either likes romantic movies or is a fan of any number of the stars present in the film. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. If you have seen it and liked it, you’ll probably have no problem buying He’s Just Not That Into You.

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