‘He’s Just Not That Into You’: Big Screen

By Sami Godowsky
February 19, 2009

If he is not calling you, if he is not marrying you or if he is not sleeping with you, then maybe he is just not that into you.

Women of all ages flocked to movie theaters across the country to see the premiere of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” The movie is based off of the best-selling book about the questions and answers of relationships.

The cast featured a group of A-list of celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Connolly and Drew Barrymore. Barrymore produced the film as well.

The romantic comedy premiered just in time for Valentine’s Day and debuted at the top of the box office in its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $27.5 million.

Despite good reviews in the box office, not everyone was as impressed with the movie.

“Well I thought it was cute, though it was not anything special. I thought that the concept of the movie was fun and the actors were good, especially Scarlett Johansson and Justin Long, but in general it was too long and dragged out and it did not stand out,” junior political science and history major Marta Skuza said.

The movie was played on approximately 3,700 screens and at 3,175 theaters. According to a study done by Warner Bros, 80 percent of the audience was female.

“I went to see ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ the night it came out with a bunch of girls from Cabrini. It was so cute. The entire audience was women and like three gay guys. It was the perfect girl’s-night-out movie,” sophomore psychology and biology major Lauren Mechmann said.

But was the movie primarily just enjoyable for women?

“There were some parts that were more for girls, but in general the movie was good for guys and girls. It was funny and well-balanced between issues men have with women, as well as women with men,” senior English and communication major Jack Jonas said.

The movie also showed a lot of situations dealing with men having relationship issues with women as well. For example, “Entourage’s” Kevin Connolly’s character Conor struggles with getting his crush Anna, played by Scarlett Johansson to settle down into a committed relationship with him.

So how did viewers respond to the movie compared to the book?

“I really enjoyed the movie, but it was definitely not as good as the book,” junior elementary and early childhood major Mary Rita said.

Other fans of the book disagree.

“I liked how the humor in the movie was similar to humor in the book. And I definitely think it’s a good movie for women to see to understand how to maintain better relationships,” senior English and communication major Marcella Di Sandro said.

So are you the exception or are you the rule? The movie discussed how every girl is either the exception, meaning the 1 percent of women who actually get their fairytale romance, or the rule. However, the rule is the majority of women waste their time dating losers who will never change.

Whether you are looking for comedy or romance, “He’s Just Not That Into You” offers a combination of both.

“Not only is it a good movie, but Jennifer Aniston looks rocking for just turning 40,” Jonas said.

Sami Godowsky

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