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October 15, 2014
This was all over the place, back and forth, going nowhere and ultimately without an ending. I don't really know what this movie was trying to achieve. It started out alright, different than I was expecting anyways, with a fun ensemble cast and a storyline that wasn't the usual rom-com crap. And while I'm not usually a fan of Reece Witherspoon I didn't mind her here, she looked beautiful and her storyline surrounding being cut from the National softball team because she was past her prime was at least interesting. I also enjoyed Owen Wilson in his playboy pitcher role, he had some funny lines. It was nice to see Jack Nicholson again too -where the hell has he been lately?

As the movie progressed though it just seemed to stall out, with Reece sporting a perpetually confused expression as she evaluates her life, moving in with 'Matty" moving out again, then entering into a love triangle of sorts with 'George' a cooperate guy in turmoil who she has zero chemistry with, plus he's acting like a lunatic. There were also many scenes involving catching the bus, why was everyone on the bus? And then the movie just ends without resolving any of the storylines. The credits roll you go huh?? And then think to yourself, what a waste of time.10/13/14
½ October 2, 2014
Dull, shallow and is a very bad interpretation of what so-called love. And Owen Wilson let me down, as always
½ September 21, 2014
Unemotional, not exactly funny, not very romantic either. In short: dull and boring.
½ July 29, 2014
Although I really did not have positive expectations for the film, as it featured a performance from Jack Nicholson and was directed by James L. Brooks who had previously collaborated on the Academy Award winning Terms of Endearment decades earlier.

How Do You Know is not a film worth writing a review about because it was just so purely dreadful that it is unbelievable. It is a collaboration between the team who won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor in 1983 at a new low point. It isn't precisely Jack Nicholson's worst film because it still stands out as slightly better than Man Trouble, but it is a film that is essentially impossible for me to recommend to anyone.
How Do You Know is said to be a romantic comedy, but it is completely lacking in both romance and comedy. From the start of the film the plot seems really stupid, and as it unfolds this just becomes more and more obvious from that point on. The entire film unfolds at a terribly slow pace over the course of its 116 minute running time which means that it quickly establishes being a slow film and drags that on for an extensively long amount of time. It is hard to sit through the first quarter of How Do You Know, so the challenge of sitting through the entire film would have to be harder than actually making such an awful film. The premise of the film starts off derivative and ridiculous and just stays that way for the entirety of the running time. It never has any surprises whatsoever, but rather it just numbs the audience to death with its boringness. There are no attributes to the film that I really would call positive, mainly the fact that it was so weak that there was not one point in the movie that I laughed and the fact that the romantic concept in it was so painfully familiar and unoriginal that it was doomed from the start.
How Do You Know is a film notable for its terrible production, and it is visible in the film because rarely would a film that had good communication or a strong production crew come out this bad, especially when the budget of this feature is a whopping $120 million. It is inconceivable how the film actually cost that much because the screenplay in the film is so piss weak that it could not have cost anything to keep up with, and the cast do not put efforts in which would justify being paid that much. It is clear that James L. Brooks has lost the plot as a film director and that the production on this film must have been seriously meticulous because the quality of it comes up way too short. The characters are egotistical and so annoying that it is difficult to feel sympathy for them, and the actors do not really seem interested in putting any meaning into the effort. How Do You Know is essentially just an overly long and ridiculously expensive star vehicle for a talented list of actors, but even they fail to take the opportunity seriously because there is not a moment in the film that I found myself laughing at anything that one of them did.
Reese Witherspoon really does nothing to justify being cast as the lead in How Do You Know. She has given charming and likable performances in other romantic comedies in the past, but How Do You Know is clearly not one of them because she is stuck with the leading role in a lacklustre film bereft of any good script lines or sense of humour whatsoever. She is a genial presence simply because of the fact that she is Reese Witherspoon and she is a likable actress, but her character is a cheap rendition of romantic comedy stereotypes who is more focused on cheap melodrama than on making audiences laugh. Reese Witherspoon doesn't have much energy in the role, but the script really does nothing for her and presents no opportunities for her to expand her horizon as an actress.
Jack Nicholson was the main cast member that I had expected something from. Unfortunately, his effort was so routine and lacking in any basic charisma whatsoever. It does not seem like he is trying at all in How Do You Know and that he was just doing it as a favour to James L. Brook and so that he could walk away with a paycheck of $12 million. Despite being considered one of the best male actors of all time, How Do You Know is his most recent example of a low point, and to add further evidence to the idea that he doesn't care about acting anymore, he has not made a film since How Do You Know.
The script does nothing for Owen Wilson or Paul Rudd either. It isn't as disappointing to see them in generic roles because they have been in so many comedies which have proven to be hit and miss in the past decades that it is better never to get your hopes up too high about them. I wasn't happy with their performances, but I didn't blame them because my expectations for them were lesser and so when they ended up stuck with weak characters it was not much of a disappointment. The both of them at least tried harder to put their comedic personas into the film and put energy into their roles, so their characters are a little more likable than the leading two. The two of them at least interact with the rest of the cast better.

So despite the presence of talented actors, the performances in How Do You Know are so thin and they match up to the quality of the terrible script and its lack of comedy all to go with James L. Brooks' senseless direction on this laugh-free attempt at a generic romantic comedy which somehow ended up costing $120 million.
July 25, 2014
Expected a much better movie from this team of cast...Reese Witherspoon seems uneasy in her role, almost as if she realizes during the filming that she made a mistake it taking the role. Paul Rudd was extremely chaotic, and Owen Wilson well, he was himself. The story had potential, but it was not executed as well as it should have been.....
½ July 23, 2014
Boring. Reese Witherspoon is lame, Jack Nicholson does his best Lewis Black impression, and Paul Rudd is likable as all hell, as usual, but that can't stop this snooze fest. Owen Wilson too, unremarkable. It feels like some old people tried to write a young person's romantic comedy, but forgot what romance and comedy was. Rudd introduced me to a hilariously awful Teddy Pendergrass song in this movie, so at least that was good.
½ July 23, 2014
Not funny, moderately romantic and quite boring.
½ July 18, 2014
"How Do You Know", simply put, is about nothing. How they got it to go just over two hours is perplexing.
½ June 30, 2014
A touch too long but the heart is strong from beginning to end.
June 8, 2014
Lisa, sportive talentueuse, n'a pas été reprise dans son équipe de softball car son entraineuse la trouvait trop âgée. La voici qui se retrouve avec plein de temps pour ruminer sa vie et se rendre compte du désert sentimental qui l'habite. Alors qu'elle semble être parvenue à un accord sur sa relation avec son petit ami Matty, joueur de baseball coureur de jupons, elle rencontre George, un gentil businessman en pleine galère amoureuse et professionnelle.
« How do you know when you're in love ? » "When you wear a condom with all the other girls". C'est avec cette conversation ô combien romantique que Matty (Owen Wilson) nous dévoile son côté amoureux alors que son quotidien se résume à profiter au maximum, tout en élégance, de chaque demoiselle qui voudra bien l'accompagner sous ses draps. Son personnage est attachant malgré sa goujaterie refoulée, et son envie de bien faire est réelle : quand il a une garde-robe remplie de vêtements féminins de diverses tailles pour ne pas laisser repartir sa dernière conquête dans la même tenue que la veille, il fait cela avec de bonnes intentions.
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) est une jeune fille pétillante et dynamique, perdue depuis qu'elle a été sortie de son équipe de softball. Même si la vie avec Matty n'est pas ce qu'elle imaginait comme vie de couple, elle prend les choses plutôt bien et avec philosophie, prête à avancer pour construire quelque chose. George (Paul Rudd - délicieusement décalé comme souvent) est un homme gentil, trop gentil et honnête, qui se prend un contrôle financier qui risque de l'amener en prison parce qu'il faisait confiance au patron, son père (parfait Nicholson), en signant ce qu'on lui donnait sans jamais vérifier sa légalité. Sa secrétaire Annie (Kathryn Hahn, adorable), enceinte jusqu'aux yeux et lui étant totalement dévouée, va tenter de l'aider du mieux qu'elle peut. Chaque personnage est paumé à son façon et traverse une période difficile tout en restant eux-mêmes et sans céder au fatalisme.
Ces personnages font toute la richesse du film. Qu'est-ce qui bloque alors ? Malheureusement l'histoire entre Lisa et George. Comme eux, on ne sait pas trop où ça va les mener, et on ne comprend pas ce qui peut attirer Lisa chez ce type un peu bizarre quand même (avec toutefois des scènes bien drôles, comme celle du bus). L'alchimie entre eux n'est pas là. On regarder donc ce film pour profiter des protagonistes, mais on oublie la fin romantique.
May 22, 2014
I wanted to see it until all the crappy reviews
½ April 12, 2014
boring there was no need to make it from beginning
March 16, 2014
It was the first movie that my wife and I saw together and while it wasn't very good, Paul Rudd was entertaining whenever he showed up as well as Jack Nicholson, so it would have been a lot worse without them.
February 23, 2014
Different/A Bit Boring/Not Bad/ Didn't Really Liked...
½ January 28, 2014
Boring and formulaic; How Do You Know completely wastes it's talented cast on a predictable plot and one-dimensional script.
January 21, 2014
I thought this would be better with a strong cast that includes: Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson and Kathryn Hahn. It is an enjoyable sweet story, but the characters are a problem. No matter how great a cast is they cannot cover up poorly written characters. Witherspoon's character is too stern and tough to like. Paul Rudd is a very likable actor, but his melodramatic character is annoying and just too much to deal with. The only enjoyable character is Owen Wilson's professional baseball player. He is lovably stupid and good-natured, but he is also cluelessly selfish. It is an interesting twist on the "other guy" jerk type role. The story takes longer than it should to set in then it should, but eventually it starts to make sense and builds some momentum. There are some nice patches of humor, but it also goes for long boring draughts. Overall, it is not as clever as it wants to be, the storytelling lacks clarity, and these characters never really work.
January 10, 2014
reese witherspoon...beautiful
December 20, 2013
Not little romantic comedy, but not nearly as good as the classic romantic comedies it tries to imitate.
½ December 4, 2013
The story is about Lisa played by Reese Witherspoon who is an athlete and now with her identity in crisis, she begins to regain it by dating Matty played by Owen Wilson who is a baseball player and a womanizer. Meanwhile, George played by Paul Rudd is on the road to financial ruin and in order to clear his name and reconcile his relationship with his father Charles played by Jack Nicholson, George now starts dating Lisa.. As you can see, the plot is very boring because it's a rom-com about another love triangle. Having watched this movie in the year it was released, I barely remember anything from the film. This love triangle cliche was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s but now is getting silly, stupid, dated and there's no reason to exist. Finally, this drama/romance/comedy is so damn forgettable as you can see, everyone would give the outline of a plot but I gave the outline of a outline which makes it worse. How Do You Know? gets a 5/10.
½ November 17, 2013
Nothing surprising in this. PG13 was pushing it, too...pretty uncomfortable to watch it with the 12 year old in the room.
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