February 9, 2009

2. He s Just Not That Into You – $22.3M

Filed under: Box Office Stats — movie_critic @ 3:06 am

Boasting enough marquee names for three films, HEÂ’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is a star-studded comedy about love and relationships. Director Ken Kwapis (LICENSE TO WED) reigns over an impressive cast: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connelly, producer Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly, and Scarlett Johansson. Each of the nine major characters has his or her own plot–a woman desperate to get married after seven years of dating, a man tempted to cheat on his wife, a young woman who just wants her date to call her, etc.–but everyone is connected through work, marriage, or friendship, drawing the characters and their stories together. <br><br>Goodwin might be flanked by much larger stars–especially Aniston, Affleck, Barrymore, Connelly, and Johansson–but the adorable actress is the highlight of this film. Though her characterÂ’s borderline obsessive efforts at love invite squirms and cringes from the audience, GoodwinÂ’s fine portrayal also earns the viewersÂ’ sympathy, especially since many people can identify with her struggles. In fact, HEÂ’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is based on a popular self-help book that many women bought–and bought into–and the book itself grew out of an episode of SEX AND THE CITY. With its portrayals of numerous relationship issues, this romantic comedy is sure to appeal to the fans of Carrie & Co.

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