He's Just Not That into You (2009) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 129 minutes - $35.99 || June 2, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-06-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Ken Kwapis
Writer(s): Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (novel); Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (written by)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long


Theatrical Release Date: February 6, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barry and Jennifer Connelly lead an ensemble romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of male-female relationships in He’s Just Not That into You, based on the bestselling novel.

As with any ensemble film, everyone is connected to everybody and since the plot is simple enough and I’m pretty much bored after watching this film, I shall try and connect the dots so if you are interested in the film and don’t want to be spoiled, might want to close your eyes...

** Plot Spoilers **
Ok, so Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a woman who knows nothing about men and how to know whether they really like her not. Gigi works with Janine (Jennifer Connelly), a gal whose lovely marriage isn’t all that lovely, and she also works with Beth (Jennifer Aniston) who is in a 7-year relationship with her partner, Neil (Ben Affleck), but Neil does not believe in marriage which is what Beth wants. Now, Gigi is on a blind date with Conor (Kevin Connolly) who is friends with Alex (Justin Long) who in turn gives Gigi some friendly advice about men.

Meanwhile, married man Ben (Bradley Cooper), who is friends with Neil (Affleck), begins an affair with sultry and sexy wannabe singer Anna (Scarlett Johansson). Anna is best friends with Mary (Drew Barrymore) who works at a gay newspaper and puts up an ad for Conor (Connolly) a real estate agent who is in turn is infatuated with Anna (Johansson). *Phew*
** End Spoilers **

He’s Just Not That into You (or How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Dull Screenplay) never quite found its footing from an opening monologue about why boys tease girls and how such an idea carries on into adulthood as some women, no matter how harshly they are treated, will still go back to that man (or something along those lines).

Put it simply, I found the movie to be at best mildly entertaining and at worst dreadful, especially when it came to the screenplay and characters that no matter how good they look onscreen, just never clicked through its overlong 129-minute running time. The film does have a main character through the ensemble with Ginnifer Goodwin and although her woeful persona can get old, I still found her character to be the most interesting of the bunch and probably could’ve had the film for her own.

But when it comes to the others who each probably get equal amount of screen time, none of them made much of an impact. Ben Affleck as the marriage-frightened male seems to phone in his performance and held little chemistry opposite Aniston while Drew Barrymore (who served executive producer) basically just fills holes in an already stretched and uninteresting story.

Obviously He’s Just Not That into You was a cash grab piggybacking on the book’s success, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but can you at least put together a half-interesting film? It doesn’t really cover new ground on the topic of male/female relationships and none of the characters are fascinating enough to push through the two-hour plus running time.

The movie was written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silvertein (Never Been Kissed) and was directed by Ken Kwapis (“The Office”, License to Wed) based upon the bestselling book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (consultants on “Sex and the City”).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Blu-ray actually comes with a few more features over its DVD counterpart... Also, all descriptions come from the BD menu.

Baltimore Blade: The Relationship Issue (18:33; HD) – Discover how the lives if the characters from He’s Just Not that into You changed since the conclusion of the film. These are split into six sections and feature what probably are outtakes from the end of the film showing us the characters current lives. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Six Words that Make Up a Film (11:04; HD) – Hear about the genesis of the phrase “He’s Just Not that into You” and learn the challenges Director Ken Kwapis faced in designing the visual and narrative style of a film with only six simple words as the inspiration. The featurette goes over how the project got started from how the book came to be to adapting it for a movie. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

The Director Stages a Scene: Duet for Telephones (4:02; HD) – By dissecting a scene from the film, Director Ken Kwapis explains how simple techniques can dramatically enhance the emotional and visual punch of a scene. This features storyboards of how some of the phone conversations were filmed. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

There are 5 deleted scenes (13:45; HD) with optional commentary with Kwapis. As if this film needed even more padding...

And last and certainly least, is a link for Warner’s BD-Live site and a digital copy, both of which are ** Blu-ray Exclusives **



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in its original 2.40 aspect ratio, HJNTIY is an OK looking 1080p high-def transfer but frankly nothing really pops out. Colors look pretty good and detail level on characters’ faces is fine, just nothing at any point in the movie makes you go wow. As far as I can tell, the picture is in pristine order with no noticeable amounts of dust or scratches.

For once the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is the default setting, though I have heard it may switch back and forth on start-up from TrueHD to Dolby Digital 5.1, so keep that in mind before you watch the movie. In any case, the TrueHD track is pretty much acceptable and not much else. Dialogue levels are pretty good but even Cliff Eidelman’s mundane score fails to impress even though it does make use of all 5 channels.



.::OVERALL::.

All in all, He’s Just Not That into You is on the one hand a typical ensemble flick where characters go around complaining about relationships and the like, but with no one really to love, outside Ginnifer Goodwin perhaps, what’s the point? Sure, I will grant that the movie will connect with most people with the situations, but maybe you’d be better off reading the book instead.