How Do You Know Reviews
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
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.
« 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.