“Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up. If a guy punches you, he likes you. Never try to trim your own bangs, and someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending.”
Ah, the chick-flick. While some people are afraid to admit their undying devotion to the romantic comedy genre, I myself am willing to shout it from the rooftops. I am a chick-flick lover. Say Anything is pretty much my favorite of all time, and if that isn’t the essence of a chick-flick in its prime, I don’t know what is. I was able to add to my ever-growing list of romantic comedy faves this past weekend when I saw He’s Just Not That Into You. Not only was it entertaining, it managed to provide some serious insight in 129 minutes.
The film opens with Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a cute and spunky young woman who, after getting set up on a date, spends the entire week thereafter obsessively waiting for the guy to call. When he doesn’t, she changes her obsession with him to an obsession with herself—mainly with what she did wrong. Her infatuation leads her to the place where he hangs out after work, and while Gigi doesn’t find her guy there, she manages to run into his buddy. Alex (Justin Long) ends up giving her some pretty intuitive advice about men and how their minds (or lack thereof) work.
There are several other plotlines involving a slew of characters whose lives are all intertwined in one way or another.
Beth (Jennifer Aniston) and her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck) have been together for seven happy years, and while she wants an engagement ring, Neil is anti-marriage. When Beth’s younger sister walks down the isle, she presses the issue even more, causing a strain on her relationship with Neil.
Ben (Bradley Cooper, a.k.a. my future husband. Seriously, check your mailbox soon for your invite to our wedding…) feels like he was forced into marriage with wife Janine (Jennifer Connelly). When he meets temptress Anna (Scarlett Johansson) at a grocery store, he seriously begins to question his happiness. (And that’s putting it nicely, because Ben is pretty much a tool).
Kevin Connolly and Drew Barrymore round out the cast, although Barrymore deserved more screen time than she got.
Before I go on, let me just fill you in on something about myself. I am a movie lover in general, but I am a sucker for movies like this one. I am also the kind of person who, when I latch on to a new movie, I seriously latch on. I might see it multiple times before it comes out on DVD, I buy the soundtrack, the book, and hell, if there’s an action figure, I just might buy that too. Ok, not so much the last one, but you get what I’m saying.
In my opinion, the best scenes in this movie are the ones in which Gigi and Alex interact. I’m not going to spoil anything for you in case you haven’t seen it, but I do want to share a few gems with you. Among Alex’s words of wisdom are:
“If he treats you like he doesn’t give a shit, it’s because he doesn’t give a shit.”
“An excuse is a polite rejection. Men are not afraid of “ruining the friendship.”
“Don’t get tricked into asking him out. If he likes you, he’ll do the asking.”
““Hey, let’s meet at so-and-so’s party/any bar/friend’s house” is not a date.”
(NOTE: I am hereby reemphasizing what I said earlier about the workings of the male mind…)
So while I might be getting a little bit behind on my political philosophy readings in the near future due to the fact that I will be occupying my time reading the novel He’s Just Not That Into You, I am strangely okay with it. It’s the price I pay for being a movie/chick-flick/romance freak.
In closing, I will leave you with some parting words from Gigi herself:
“Maybe the happy ending is this, knowing that after all the unreturned phone calls, broken hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and embarrassment, you never gave up hope.”