Sunday, 15 February 2009

I'm Just Not That Convinced About He's Just Not That Into You.

The Plot,
The film is based on the adaption of the best selling self help book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.

It’s based on the love lives of several characters. The main character is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman trying to understand the mixed signals she receives from the men she’s dating. She seeks guidance on the dating world according to men, from the bar owner (Justin Long) who is a friend of a previous guy she was dating who “was not that into her”.
Gigi’s co-worker Janine (Jennifer Connelly) is having problems of her own with her husband Ben (Bradley Cooper) when he is acquainted with an attractive woman, who’s trying to make it as a singer Anna (Scarlett Johansson). Gigi’s other co-worker Beth (Jennifer Aniston) has a loving and successful relationship with Neil (Ben Affleck) but there is only one problem with the relationship and that is Neil has no interest in getting married.
Finally there’s Mary (Drew Barrymore) who’s a warm sweet lady trying to find love online but has no luck.

Before going to see the film, I had no expectations. However seeing Gigi’s desperate attempt to track the men down seemed almost cringe worthy. It portrayed her as a desperate maniac wanting love, as opposed to a young woman wanting a relationship. Weather this was a real life analogy of how young women are, or was she characterised in order to make watching the film more worth while I don’t know, but watching it as a 22 year old young lady, I learnt that no wonder a guy would not be “that into me” if I was calling and calling and calling him. However as the film goes on and she doesn’t seem to understand the concept of rejection, she does become quite endearing and you can’t help but want her to find someone, even if he does come around in the end after being an ignorant idiot. But isn’t this the case of all men in life? They realise something when it’s too late, when it comes to matters of the heart.

The sub roles of her colleagues and advisors are interesting, as the situation between Beth and Neil may imply that one doesn’t need marriage in order to be a successful couple, as when reflecting on Janine and Ben’s relationship, marriage doesn’t mean anything if you are not faithful. This was quite irritating as it may imply that all married men cheat, and all men who are not married work better. So one has to question, what is the point in marriage?

I won’t give the whole film away, but go in with an open mind with Gigi’s situation as I felt it implied the desperation of women wanting a man and going to great lengths to do so, and only in the end the men realize that the women are worth fighting for.
Is this a true situation of real life that men realise when it’s too late, or just for our entertainment?
I will leave that for you to decide……………….

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