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Ken Kwapis
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore
Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

A Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs that deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.

Box Office:
$40 million.
Opening Weekend:
$27,785,487 on 3175 screens.
Domestic Gross:

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 129 min.
Price: $14.98
Release Date: 6/2/2009

• Additional Scenes with Optional Commentary
• “Baltimore Blade” Featurettes
• “Six Words That Make Up a Film” Featurette
• “The Director Stages a Scene” Featurette


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He's Just Not That Into You [Blu-Ray] (2008)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 14, 2021)

When Hollywood adapts a best-selling book, usually it takes on fiction or historical material. It seems odd to bring a self-help book to the big screen, but that’s what we get with 2008’s He’s Just Not That Into You, an adaptation of the work done by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.

While I normally like to offer my own plot synopses, Into You features so many characters that it’s most effective to take the overview from the press release: “Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) wants a man who says he’ll call – and does – while Alex (Justin Long) advises her to stop sitting by the phone.”

“Beth (Jennifer Aniston) wonders if she should call it off after years of committed singlehood with her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck), but he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with their unmarried life. Janine’s (Jennifer Connelly) not sure if she can trust her husband Ben (Bradley Cooper) who can’t quite trust himself around Anna (Scarlett Johansson).”

“Anna can’t decide between the sexy married guy or her straightforward, no-sparks standby, Conor (Kevin Connolly), who can’t get over the fact that he can’t have her. And Mary (Drew Barrymore), who’s found an entire network of loving, supportive men, just needs to find one who’s straight.”

That’s an awfully complex set of stories and characters for what appears to be a simple romantic dramedy – and it might be too complicated for something in this genre. Never having read the book, I don’t know how much of the on-screen material connects to its advice.

The Alex character partially exists to spell out the various lessons, and a few awkwardly placed interstitials from “real women” also illustrate the different mistakes women make.

Otherwise, however, the movie works through it characters. I suppose they represent the archetypes found in the book, but again, it’s impossible for me to say since I didn’t read it.

I would guess that the screenwriters wanted to fit as many of those themes/issues into the film as possible, and that’s why we end up with 547 lead characters. The presence of so many prominent participants actually ends up as both a positive and a negative.

On the bad side, we barely get to know any of them. Sure, the movie favors some over others – Conor and Mary barely register – but it doesn’t draw them as complete characters.

Essentially they remain the self-help book archetypes they are, and that’s probably inevitable. Even though the movie runs more than two hours – really long for a flick in this genre – it just doesn’t have enough room to give us full flesh and blood portrayals of all those characters.

On the good side, however, at least the abundance of personalities makes it more difficult to get bored. Whenever one thread threatens to become tedious, the film leaps to something else.

Do any of them work particularly well? No, but they pacing remains brisk enough to keep us moderately involved in the tale.

Granted, this also means we never develop any real investment in the characters. I won’t spell out how they all conclude, so you can probably figure out the various endings on your own, though some may offer minor surprises. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to indicate that most of the characters end up happily, as that’s a given in this genre.

What’s more of a surprise is how little we care about those happy endings. Because we barely know the characters, we never invest in them and develop a stake in their futures.

We care for them in a generic way, much of which attaches to our feelings about the various actors. Indeed, I challenge most viewers to identify the characters by their names.

Inevitably, you’ll just think of them as “Jennifer Aniston” or “Ben Affleck”, not “Beth” or… damn, I had to look at my synopsis to remember that Affleck plays “Neil”!

I do think that the star-studded cast really helps Into You. Yeah, we may only identify the characters via their actors, but the flick includes a lot of talent, and they allow us to think we know the roles better than we do. They give us something of a shorthand, so we better buy into the film than we would’ve with a cast of lesser known performers.

Into You is unquestionably a serious “chick flick”. It nods in the vague direction of the mind games women play on men but doesn’t delve into them seriously.

The Conor character is the prime recipient of that side of the equation, but as I noted, he doesn’t get much screentime, so don’t expect the film to go down the logical She’s Just Not That Into You path.

Although Into You clearly shoots for the XX-chromosome demographic, that doesn’t make it unpleasant for male viewers. Again, it moves quickly and it maintains a light enough tone to make it palatable.

It occasionally threatens to veer into melodrama, but that’s where the plethora of characters helps. When we think we’re stuck with the mopier stuff, we know the movie will soon change course. Ultimately Into You is insubstantial but acceptably entertaining.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B-/ Bonus C

He’s Just Not That Into You appears in both an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an appealing presentation.

Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed.

No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.

Like most films of this sort, Into You gave us an amber-tinted palette. Some teal appeared as well, but the golden feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive.

Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.

In regard to the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of Into You, I couldn’t find much to praise. I expected that, though, since I wouldn’t anticipate a wild experience from this sort of romantic comedy.

The soundfield focused relentlessly on the front spectrum, and music presented the most prominent element. The score showed good stereo imaging, and we got some minor ambience, but that was about it.

When the surrounds played a part, I barely noticed them, as they added some mild reinforcement and nothing else. This was a very low-key experience.

Audio quality was fine. Speech sounded distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.

Effects didn’t have much to do, but they were acceptable for what they offered. Music appeared reasonably full and rich. There wasn’t enough here to merit a grad above a “B-“, though, so don’t expect a memorable soundtrack.

How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The BD’s lossless audio added some warmth to the mix, though the subdued nature of the track limited growth.

On the other hand, the BD offered significantly superior visuals. The DVD packed both 2.35:1 and 1.33:1 versions onto one disc, which meant it compressed the heck out of the movie to fit.

Without those limitations, the picture could show its potential. This meant the BD looked much better defined and smoother than the blah DVD counterpart.

As noted, the DVD packed two versions of the film, so that meant only one extra on it: five Deleted Scenes that repeat here. These run a total of 13 minutes, 45 seconds.

The major additions involve Theresa Russell as Anna’s mother. Not only does she appear in “Anna Visits Her Mom”, but she’s also the focus of “Birthday Party/Walk Home”.

These are interesting to see, as they add to the Anna character. They would’ve made an already long movie too extended, but they would’ve fit fine in the final flick.

“Anna’s Song” just shows a performance from Anna. It also connects to the first two cut scenes, but it’s not as compelling and it would’ve made the film drag.

“Gigi’s Date With Bill” spells out the dullness of the Bill character. The movie works better without it, as the theatrical cut allows us to see Bill as a viable possibility for Gigi’s heart, while “Date” shows us he’s a dud.

Finally, “Gay Pride Parade” shows an alternate introduction for Mary and Conor. It’s considerably weirder and less effective than the version in the final cut.

We can watch these with or without commentary from director Ken Kwapis. He offers some thoughts about the various scenes and also lets us know why he deleted them. Kwapis proves informative and engaging, so it’s too bad he didn’t do a full movie commentary.

Three other extras are exclusive to the BD, and Baltimore Blade: The Relationship Issue offers an interactive piece that lets us see what happened to the movie’s characters after the film’s conclusion. It spreads into six featurettes that fill a total of 18 minutes, 33 seconds.

The movie’s end credits offer small snippets of this footage, so some of the material repeats. I like our ability to view the longer clips, though.

Six Words That Make Up a Film runs 11 minutes, four seconds and brings info from Kwapis, co-author Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt, producer Nancy Juvonen, screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, and actors Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Connolly.

“Words” looks at the source book and how it moved into cinematic form as well as related areas. “Words” turns into a pretty decent “making of” piece.

Finally, The Director Stages a Scene: Duet for Telephones goes for four minutes, two seconds and offers comments from Kwapis as he dissects a scene between Gigi and Alex. Kwapis offers solid analysis of his cinematic choices.

While not a great – or even very good – movie, He’s Just Not That Into You provides more entertainment than I expected. The film boasts an excellent cast and moves at a brisk enough pace to ensure that we never become too bored. The Blu-ray offers very good visuals along with mediocre audio and a few bonus materials. This is a fair “date night” rental but not more than that.

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