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Review: He's Just Not That Into You

Reduces both men and women to shrill stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 4, 2009
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VIDEO: The trailer for He's Just Not That Into You

And why isn't he? Could it be because you're needy, nagging, and possibly psychotic? And why are you into him, if he's insensitive and deceitful and has unpleasant red fur growing on his pasty legs?

And why will women be flocking to a film that reduces both men and women to shrill stereotypes designed to turn us all into consumers of the items paraded in the film's product placement? Ken Kwapis adapts the book that was inspired by a line in a TV series into a movie that runs 132 minutes. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Connelly play a couple who are married but not happy.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston play a couple who are happy but not married. Single women played by Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, and Drew Barrymore suffer from varying degrees of clinginess; Justin Long and Kevin Connolly play variations on macho shitheads. Moral: boorish men are punished, crazy women are rewarded, and happiness is a diamond ring.

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