Short Review

Rated 2.0

Years ago, a friend of mine had a particularly cruel boyfriend. We held an intervention, including the gifting of a little book called He’s Just Not That Into You. It wasn’t rocket science, but damn, the book made sense. And it was empowering. So naturally I had high hopes for the movie of the same name. About 20 minutes in, I was ready to throw in the towel. The film’s writers (Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein) apparently missed the point and made the main character, the single Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), psycho. Even her friends roll their eyes and beg her, “Please, do not cyberstalk him.” And then there’s Anna (Scarlett Johansson), the other “bad girl,” who vies for the attention of a married man. I’d like to meet her friend (Drew Barrymore), who eggs her on, saying “you never know, he could leave his wife for you,” and slap her. Or just bypass her and slap the writers for giving into stereotypes rather than exploring real women and real relationships. Feather River Cinemas and Tinseltown. Rated PG-13