Movie Review: How Do You Know (2010)

Posted: November 26, 2011 in Comedy

how do you know


Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is a gold medal winning softball player, who only dates jocks.  On the advice of a friend, Lisa goes out on a blind date with George.  (Paul Rudd) The date goes badly.  George is under investigation in a stock fraud case involving George’s dad, Charles, (Jack Nicholson)who George works for. George’s girlfriend has left him as soon as she found out that he’s being investigated, so he doesn’t have many prospects, unless he considers his pregnant secretary Annie (Katherine Hahn) who cooks for him, and seems to dote on him.

Lisa’s not having the best week either, she just got cut from the Olympic team, and since she had a horrendous date with George, she reverts to form and starts dating a baseball player, a pitcher named Matty.  (Owen Wilson)  Matty is a relentless womanizer, who treats Lisa like another notch in his bedpost, but he has a fun-loving nature, and is sincerely trying to change his ways.  Lisa moves in with Matty, but she can’t seem to get George  out of her mind?  There is no future with an accountant about to be indicted on stock manipulation, or is there?

I don’t know why I liked this movie, it had formulaic romantic comedy written all over it, but I liked it.  I did.  I liked it primarily because of Paul Rudd.  Rudd is getting really good at playing the everyman, the put-upon friend that everyone dumps on.  I liked his character.  I also liked Owen Wilson in this movie, he’s such a shameless womanizer, but he’s so nice about it, and explains his motives down to the last detail.  I couldn’t help but like the guy.  Reese Withspoon looks as good as she has in any movie, and that’s reason enough to watch this movie.  It doesn’t say anything profound about romance, it doesn’t have to, it’s just a pleasant movie, and that will suffice sometimes.  The only thing that held this back from being a great movie was the total lack of chemistry between Rudd and Witherspoon,  even their kiss was awkward, and I don’t think it was meant to be.  Witherspoon had more chemistry with Wilson. How Do You Know is still a nice enough movie with a good amount of laughs.  Just enjoy it.

How Do You Know?   I know I liked it.  I don’t know why.


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