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The Writer’s Perspective : HJNTIY OK!

The Writer’s Perspective : HJNTIY OK!

The beauty of taking over the Writer’s Perspective column is that I no longer feel compelled to write “Reviews” – I’ll be honest with you – it drives me absolutely mental, and makes me want to hammer a pencil into my forehead. Don’t get me wrong – I love talking about movies – put me in a room with a couple of people who have the same passion, and I’ll see you in about a week.

I also love writing – just spilling out some bullshit on the page is great for me, because I don’t tend to revisit what I’ve just written, Clint “Hollywood Movie Star” Morris has quite often had to correct my work for horrendous spelling mistakes – but the rigid structure of a typical review drives me nuts – I always feel as though I have to explain the premise of the film; who’s in it; who’s good; who’s bad – so I’m chucking that in.

What I’m going to do is assume that you’ve heard of the film – that you know a little bit about it (or at least enough to be curious about reading my take on it) – and just get to the guts of it.

So with that firmly front of mind – today, while I listen to “Pinkerton” by Weezer, I’m talking about a film that makes no attempts to disguise that it is insanely aimed at the ladies – “He’s Just Not That Into You”.

Still here? OK – here’s my take:

Get ready for it…………..

It’s not bad.

Phew! I made it through – I’ll catch you next time.


OK – a little more – to reaffirm, “HJNTIY” is 100% woman material – but it is not a date movie – any guy in a relationship or in the early part of a marriage – I urge you strongly not to take your special lady friend with you because you will get evaluated afterwards, trust me – there is some stuff in here that can make the average guy sweat, and the last thing you want to have happen is your partner silently judging you as to whether or not you believe Bradley Cooper’s character is really just an OK misunderstood guy – because if you get caught with that wistful look on your face while you’re staring at Scarlett Johannson, you’ll be lucky if you’re ever allowed to leave the house again without a chaperone.

Now aside from that – the two stars of this are undeniably Justin Long & Ginnifer Goodwin, I didn’t carry a stopwatch with me, but I dare say that they have the majority of the time on screen, and they carry it well – Long is a guy I was never really keen on as an actor – he always seemed to pop up in the same kind of roles, but since “Live Free Or Die Hard” (yes – I liked it, dammit), I’ve really liked the guy – his cameo in “Zack & Miri” was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time – and Ginnifer Goodwin, who is awesome in “Big Love” – is all the good stuff – cute; sexy; – actually cute/sexy sums it up well, but she’s great throughout.

So anyhow – go and watch the trailer if you haven’t yet, and make up your own mind as to whether you go and see it or not – I enjoyed it a lot – it had a lot of funny moments, more than a few sad ones as well – but overall, it was one of those flicks that gives you the “warm fuzzies” at the end of it – stick through the first half of the credits as well – there’s some good bookends in there.

But that’s it – for real this time.


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