How Do You Know (2010)

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Critic Consensus: How Do You Know boasts a quartet of likeable leads -- and they deserve better than this glib, overlong misfire from writer/director James L. Brooks.


Movie Info

Director James L. Brooks returns to the helm for this ensemble comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, which centers on the story of a passionate athlete who finds herself romantically torn between a narcissistic baseball star and a straight-laced businessman. As far back as Lisa (Witherspoon) can remember, her life has been defined by sports. Then, in the blink of an eye, she's cut from the team. With her identity in crisis as she attempts to regain her … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and some strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James L. Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2011
Box Office: $30.2M
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as George

as Coach Sally

as George's Lawyer

as Bullpen Pitcher

as Doorman

as Psychiatrist

as Softball Coach

as Annie's Mom

as Annie's Dad

as Matty's Teammate

as Matty's Teammate

as Matty's Teammate

as Matty's Teammate

as Maitre d'

as Bullpen Coach

as Subpoena Woman

as Other Female Coach

as Player's Wife

as Player's Wife

as Player's Wife

as Groped Girl

as Cocky Agent

as Matty's Teammate
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Critic Reviews for How Do You Know

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (44)

Some of the bits are funny, every now and then they're sweet, the performances are OK and really, with this much talent involved, it's hard not to be disappointed in that.

Full Review… | August 12, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

I'm not sure the movie will end up earning back its stars' huge salaries, but you definitely can't argue they didn't earn them.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

It's not enough to merely swoon over Witherspoon. The movie's entirely too long and leaden to get by on that alone.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Movie Nation

"How Do You Know" is a complete misfire from famed writer/director James L. Brooks.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
Examiner.com

What happened to James L. Brooks?

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Cinema Writer

It's all a bit of a slog and, in the end, you don't know much more than you did at the start.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for How Do You Know

Rom com with a good cast. Lisa finds herself without a job, moves in with her boyfriend then realises she is attracted someone else.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Hmm, well, based on the talent involved, this had the possibility of being amazing. Considering the reception this film got, I was a little befuddled, but was hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Well, I've seen it now, and....the film is not terrible, just terribly mediocre. The main issues are that the script is just dull, the characters aren't really all that interesting, and everyone just looks bored and uninspired...especially Jack, who pretty much just phones it in and plays himself, but goes by the name of Charles. Also, this film, like many of Brooks's, goes on far too long, but here it's not worth it because the film isn't all that interesting.

It's not a complete loss though. Reese and Rudd are actually decent, and I kind of liked their characters, but I couldn't stand Wilson here. He's just too frustrating and a little of his character goes a long way. Plus, there are a few good scenes, but overall, this film just seems all over the place, messy, and in need of some revisions.

If you feel you need to see this, then see it, but catch it on tv or something. There are far worse films that are just as sweet and well-meaning, but this one was just really came off all the worse because there's some great people involved.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Lisa: Never drink to feel better; drink to feel even better.

How Do You Know is the story of Lisa (played wonderfully by the beautiful Reese Witherspoon) who got cut from her professional softball team and confused about her relationship with major league pitcher Matty (played by Owen Wilson in his usual knuckle-head and awkward role) and doesn't quite know what she's doing with her life. Enter corporate executive George (played by Paul Rudd in a surprisingly real and astounding performance), who is being investigated for something along with his father Charles (amazingly played by the legendary Jack Nicholson in another pitch-perfect role). The real scene stealer is Kathryn Hahn, who plays George's loyal, pregnant, and honest secretary Annie in her most hilarious role since 2008's hit comedy Step Brothers, where she played John C. Reily's love interest. Put all of this together, and we now have ourselves a James L. Brooks movie.

Read the full review at www.CreedsDelight.com

CreedsDelight
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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