How Do You Know 2010

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A white collar executive must fight for the affections of a young woman with a professional baseball player.

Starring:
Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson
Runtime:
1 hour 55 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director James L. Brooks
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson
Supporting actors Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Mcveigh on 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 By Mr Blonde on 12 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
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 By Glam reader on 5 April 2011
Format: DVD
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 By H. Jones on 3 April 2011
Format: DVD
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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