"He's Just Not That Into You is like reliving your 20s, without any of the fun. " -Mary F. Pols in Time.
It's interesting to me that I am even spending my time writing this, but it's been a completely new experience to me: I went to a movie that was so bad, so hideously annoying, so offensive and so boringly predictable...that I walked out in the middle.
He's Just Not That Into You seemed from TV previews like a cute enough film, kind of a chick flick. I didn't have any plans to see it, but I mentioned to Ken that I had bought 2 tickets to the Movie Tavern (to support a friend's daughter's drill team or something) and we should use them soon. Then I checked to see what was playing there this weekend. Stellar choices: Friday the 13th (part seventy zillion), Taken (um, no), Madea Goes to Jail, and HJNTIY.
When I got home this evening, Ken said he'd seen a preview for HJNTIY and it looked okay, why didn't we go. We arrived, settled in with beers and ordered our food, and the movie started.
OMG, the most annoying people ever, having the most inane and ridiculous conversations. Women were dopes, men were cads, stereotypes were the name of the game. What dullards. I kept wanting to scream, "Get a life!"
I looked over to see if Ken were similarly disgusted; he was peacefully asleep, as he has been in every movie we have ever seen together, from Dr. Doolittle to Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter.
In angst, I finally started snitching the french fries from the plate on his lap. He woke up and I said, "this is the worst movie ever." He watched for a while and agreed. We paid the check and left.
Saved from the fries! And from the rest of the movie, which apparently is over 2 hrs long.
In reading about the film online just now, I find that it was written by the Sex & the City people - sorry V., but that's another show I just can't stand. I should have done my research first.
"The saddest thing about this film, coming on the heels of the deplorable Bride Wars, is it continues the trend of supposed chick flicks that treat women as complete morons. Ladies, you're better than this. Way better." - Tom Long, Detroit News
(Quotes found on RottenTomatoes.com - where, amazingly, some of the national critics quoted seemed to like it.)