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How Do You Know [DVD] [2011]

Reese Witherspoon , Paul Rudd , James L. Brooks    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: James L. Brooks
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Catalan, English, Hindi, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, Italian, Catalan
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY22E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Compared to previous James L. Brooks dramedies, like As Good As It Gets, How Do You Know feels slight, but it still marks an improvement over the ill-conceived Spanglish. The setup begins with a newly minted couple and a brand-new single. Lisa (Reese Witherspoon), a pro softball player, dates Matty (Owen Wilson), a major-league pitcher, who lives in the same Washington, D.C., high rise as financial exec Charles (Jack Nicholson, looking ill at ease), whose son and employee, George (Paul Rudd), gets the boot from his girlfriend after he loses his job. When George meets Lisa, who didn't make the team, sparks fly, but she's unavailable, so they get on with their lives. Hardly the brightest bulb, Matty raises Lisa's spirits with his goofy antics, so she moves in with him. Then George finds out he faces charges for tax fraud, even though he broke no laws. While his pregnant assistant, Annie (Crossing Jordan's Kathryn Hahn), supports him through the crisis, he can't stop thinking about the blonde from the elevator, so he tries to get to know Lisa better. Throughout the rest of this glossy entertainment, their friendship verges on romance, but Lisa stays with Matty, until Annie helps her to see George clearly for the first time. As love triangles go, Brooks isn't reinventing the wheel, making this underwritten affair one of his less inspired creations, but Witherspoon, Rudd, and Wilson are good company--even if the latter is essentially reprising his vacuous Zoolander character (just substitute baseball for modeling). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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How Do You Know [DVD] [2011] [DVD] (2011) Reese Witherspoon; Paul Rudd

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unexpected delight 28 Jun 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I rented this film and watched it with my wife. I wasn't expecting too much (it's a rom-com and I'm not too big on those)...

I found the movie funny, refreshing and insightful. In fact, I found it so enjoyable I will definitely buy it after watching it twice. It's odd - I've subsequently read all the other reviews (nearly uniformly poor), I've seen the terrible ratings on the movie review sites. Perhaps this is because this movie doesn't fit the mould of a a standard romantic comedy; this is different, more real and edgier with a fairly unusual central character who isn't soppy in the least. and the male leads are unusual and a bit "left of field". It is very quirky and for the first 10 minutes or so I felt lost. However, I soon "got it" and settled in...

Basically, this concerns a 30 year old female olympian softballer (witherspoon) who has come to the end of her athletic career in a terribly insensitive way. She has casually hooked up with a narcissistic, but fun male professional baseballer (wilson). At around the same time, she meets the CEO of a company (Rudd) who has been indicted on securities fraud and has been cast into the pit by his manipulating father (Nicholson). Wilson represents Witherspoon's optimistic, athletic side, the other represents her resilience despite setbacks. One is her "before", the other is her "after".

I found the dialog and unusual reactions incredibly interesting and often funny. The movie isn't melodramatic or overly romantic, but the core is sweet - how do you know whether someone is right for you or not? I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikable characters who think they are great 12 July 2013
This Romantic Comedy has a lot of problems. One of the problems is that the characters aren't that nice. Owen Wilson's character is a self centered, egocentric, scum bag. Jack Nicholson's is a cruel and selfish character. Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd aren't so bad but all four of them suffer from one massive flaw: they are all filthy rich. This wouldn't be a problem if they didn't draw attention to it so much. They do this by showing the gorgeous apartments they live in and the expensive restaurants, watches and clothing. They show it in that Witherspoon loses her job as a baseball player so decides to just go off to get a degree. This film was made in 2010 during a massive financial collapse in the West. When people lost their jobs in 2010 it was a massive life changing event. In this they just move from one expensive apartment to another. We are meant to feel sorry for Nicholson because he may go to prison for unethical business practices but because of him hundreds of people in his company will become unemployed. There is no problem having such unlikable characters in a movie but the problem lies in that the film tries to say that they are good people. When Witherspoon breaks up with Wilson she says it is not his fault as she thinks he is perfect when clearly the audience knows it is because his character is pure scum. I think the film knows this and tries to offset it by having numerous scenes of them getting the bus. These characters would never in a million years take the bus as they are clearly so rich they would be chauffeured everywhere.
There are one or two funny scenes but the film is 30 minutes too long and very unappealing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money 7 Jun 2013
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I saw this movie a while back and I have to say I was not impressed. I believe it was Reese Witherspoon's first film where she played a serious role and to be honest I think she should stick to playing the 'stupid blonde girls', it's much more her style. By that, I do not mean that she is a stupid blonde girl, but I think those roles are more suited to her because she's just so good at playing them. Even though it was quite late at night when I saw this movie, I don't think it was the lack of sleep or the supreme comfiness of the seat that was making me drowsy. I did not see the point of this movie, there was a lot of moving backwards and forwards but I didn't feel like the story was actually progressing or going anywhere. I was quite suprised because with four notable actors I expected a really good film. Essentially the story is about a young woman who is dropped from her soft-ball team and is facing a mid-life crisis whilst in the middle of a love-triangle. This movie does have it's ups though, Owen Wilson's character's ignorance is probably the most amusing thing about this movie and there are some cute, typical rom-com scenes between Witherspoon and Rudd. If you've nothing better to do on a rainy day then sure, go ahead and watch this, but if I'm perfectly honest, I wouldn't waste your money.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 5 April 2011
Seeing the trailer I was really excited to see this film. But i was very disappointed. The 4 main actors are great (nicholson, witherspoon, owen and rudd), the settings is nice but the story was boring and slow. The trailer was better than the movie. It's too bad because this film had great potential but it's too slow at time. I won't be buying it on dvd.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloody awful 3 April 2011
I really liked all the actors in this film and just assumed it would be at least watchable if not better. However after a hour into the film it still felt like it had not gotten started, it was not funny, the characters are not likeable and I did not care what happened. The whole court case bit never really got resolved and it was utterly boring. If you really want to see it rent it or something but save your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 1 month ago by rosie pomfret
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
Dvd arrived promptly. And well packaged. Good for the price. Enjoy watching the dvd with the girls. Good lauch with a glass or twp of wine
Published 2 months ago by deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
the how do you know dvd was brillant to watch, and i love the actors in it, i would recomend it
Published 3 months ago by Heather clark
2.0 out of 5 stars how do you know
couldnt get in to this dvd at all it was just a mix up.i really like the cast but it was a disappointment.
Published 6 months ago by appo 6
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD IF UNREMARKABLE
Published 6 months ago by B. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A RomCom with a bit of depth to it
A intelligent comedy. A RomCom with a bit of depth to it. The acting is perfect ... AND, whole family enjoyed it, even my husband.
Published 10 months ago by mosses farmhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
This was a first-class romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon in great form -a really good buy thank you very much
Published 11 months ago by Joyce Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!
I bought this film simply because I love Jack Nicholson and have nearly all of his films, and I heard recently that this would probably be his last film due to his difficulty in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jojo9
4.0 out of 5 stars Good dvd
Grandson loved it although I haven't watched it myself I believe it is worth watching. It is a very funny dvd
Published 14 months ago by jm
4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky, thoughtful approach to romance
I've been putting off watching this film for a while. The trailer looked boring and gave me the impression that this would be your average romcom, about a girl who can't choose... Read more
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