New on DVD: He’s Just Not That Into You

New on DVD: He’s Just Not That Into You

After a chance meeting or first date, when he or she doesn’t call back it feels almost necessary to rationalize a reason why – she’s busy or on a business trip or someone died or he was hit by a bus – because otherwise it means it might have been something about you. Then these […]


After a chance meeting or first date, when he or she doesn’t call back it feels almost necessary to rationalize a reason why – she’s busy or on a business trip or someone died or he was hit by a bus – because otherwise it means it might have been something about you. Then these words revolutionized the dating scene: “S/he’s just not that into you.”

The film, based on the bestselling book, follows a group of loosely connected 20- and 30-somethings who are fumbling through dating and relationships. Anna (Scarlett Johansson) won’t sleep with Conor (Kevin Connolly) anymore but she’s seeing a married man (Bradley Cooper) who thinks he’s in love with two women. Meanwhile, Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is desperately trying to get that second date until she meets Alex (Justin Long), who begins to tutor her on how to recognize when a guy won’t call.

The scenarios are funny but realistic – almost everyone has been or knows someone who’s been in a similar situation. The part that really makes you think (yes, it actually is thought- provoking) presents itself in the very beginning: women’s confusion began when adults told little girls boys picked on them because they liked them. From that day forward, the ladies were doomed when it came to interpreting guys’ actions.

The movie gives you this moment of clarity and follows it up with another revelation: the ‘friend of your friend that went on a date but didn’t hear back from the guy for two weeks because he had to go out of town suddenly and forgot her number at home but he thought of her the whole time’ is the exception not the rule; so don’t hold your breath when you don’t hear from your date within two or three days.

Then they take it all back by giving almost everyone a happy ending except for the guy who must endure his punishment of loneliness. It really had me until the last act started to become a neat little package. Nevertheless, the performances from the all-star cast are adequate but not special; except for Goodwin who presents a good blend of sweet and desperate.

The DVD special feature is five deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Ken Kwapis, but upon viewing it’s clear they were all appropriately cut from the feature.