Screen Junkies » How Do You Know http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:08:41 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: How Do You Know http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-how-do-you-know/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-how-do-you-know/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:33:59 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12687 James L. Brooks lost most people after Spanglish so they probably won’t like How Do You Know either, but I appreciate a romantic comedy where people talk about what’s actually going on.

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I still like James L. Brooks movies. He lost most people after Spanglish so they probably won’t like How Do You Know either, but I appreciate a romantic comedy where people talk about what’s actually going on. To me that’s smart.

Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is a star baseball player cut from the USA team. She moves in with Matty (Owen Wilson), a womanizing MLB player. George (Paul Rudd) is a businessman getting in trouble with the government (they explained all the details and it’s as convoluted as real business, so it’s probably accurate). His father Charles (Jack Nicholson), who put George in charge, tries to manage the scandal in his “Jack” kind of way.

Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, because it’s just a movie about people relating to each other. Lisa and George just meet each other at bad moments in their lives and that makes the time spent interesting. There’s no constructed encounter where polar opposites have to work together.

Lisa is definitely a woman written by a man. She’s so in touch with her feelings, she articulates exactly where she is in a given moment to make good decisions. She even tells herself to be honest with herself while making mistakes so at least she gets a takeaway from the experience. Brooks forgot to take away reason and accountability this time.

George and Lisa ordering drinks reveals each characters’ perspective. She doesn’t need the crutch and her frustration totally stops his neurosis. Just don’t indulge it. George still does indulge and keeps announcing he has a thought throughout the movie. Thankfully, this is a movie where empty words don’t work. He’s got to get to a real place.

Other than George, it feels like people are talking to try to communicate, not just to announce how they’re feeling. After sex with Matty, Lisa is actually evaluating where she stands with him. She asks him to be more specific, because he’s just being generally positive. When she discovers his stash of new toothbrushes and womens’ sweat suits in all sizes (sweet move, by the way), she realizes Matty is a player. However, he makes a good point. If he’d put out one and hid the rest, would that make him a great guy? (Still no. He shouldn’t expect women of any size to stay over. That’s the wrong kind of thoughtful.)

The dialogue is still heightened where everyone is just a bit more clever and articulate than we actually are. Lisa tells Matty, “You have all the signs of a handful.” It’s a lot of sports metaphors, but those work. Lisa’s Coach Sally (Molly Price) advises her, “You fight low self-esteem, don’t give it the wheel.” Dramatic, but good advice.

It’s still ironic and sarcastic too. One of Matty’s teammates says, “I think I’m in love when I wear a condom with the other girls.” George toasts “to people who make toasts” and reveals, “I was a bartender when I was working my way through bartending.” During a fight, Matty says, “I’m not going to ask where you’ve been, but I get points for that, right?” Well, Matty, if you don’t get points with Lisa, you still get points with me.

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Reese Witherspoon http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/reese-witherspoon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/reese-witherspoon/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:34:25 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=12291 Now well into her real-life career as a gorgeous pop culture icon, How Do You Know actress Reese Witherspoon has since strayed from the naïve blonde bit.

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We first fell for her when she played a peppy but strangely brilliant would-be lawyer bent on proving her intellectual capacity within the upper echelons of academia. Now well into her real-life career as a gorgeous pop culture icon, How Do You Know actress Reese Witherspoon has since strayed from the naïve blonde bit, instead favoring a bit of drama (Walk the Line), a smidgen of political statement-making (Rendition), and a slew of characters that fall solidly within the rom-com category (pretty much everything else).

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How Do You Know http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/how-do-you-know-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/how-do-you-know-2/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 18:05:40 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12027 Director: James L. Brooks Cast: Owen Wilson Paul Rudd, Reese Withersoon Synopsis: Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson finds herself in the middle of...

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Director: James L. Brooks

Cast: Owen Wilson Paul Rudd, Reese Withersoon

Synopsis: Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with Lisa’s current, baseball-playing beau.

Release Date: December 17, 2010

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‘How Do You Know’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/how-do-you-know-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/how-do-you-know-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Don't EVER sit next to Jack Nicholson. James L. Brooks is back with another dramedy. This time he's got Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon in his bullpen for a good ol' fashioned sports-centric love triangle. Businessman Rudd goes up against baseball player Wilson for the hand and pointy chin of Witherspoon, who as luck would have it just got out of a long-term relationship. Sounds like conflict! Jack Nicholson also stars as what seems like Rudd's deliverer of bad news. Hey, if you gotta hear bad news, who better to tell you than Jack Nicholson? ...If Gary Busey is stuck in a tree.  Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think. Is it more As Good As It Gets or more Spanglish?

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Don’t EVER sit next to Jack Nicholson.

James L. Brooks is back with another dramedy. This time he’s got Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon in his bullpen for a good ol’ fashioned sports-centric love triangle. Businessman Rudd goes up against baseball player Wilson for the hand and pointy chin of Witherspoon, who as luck would have it just got out of a long-term relationship. Sounds like conflict! Jack Nicholson also stars as what seems like Rudd’s deliverer of bad news. Hey, if you gotta hear bad news, who better to tell you than Jack Nicholson? …If Gary Busey is stuck in a tree. 

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think. Is it more As Good As It Gets or more Spanglish?


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