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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Product Details

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
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paper Doll on 4 May 2013
Format: DVD
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 between two different guys and wants to know how you know what love is. That probably explains the bad reviews because that's not what this film is at all!

Within minutes of the film beginning, we get a first glimpse of Reese Witherspoon, our heroine, and it was this glimpse more than anything else that made me realise this film was going to be a bit different. Why? Because she's a professional athelete! Immediately I knew she would be an interesting heroine, not one who would wait around for the hero to come along and moan to her friends in the meantime about how hard life is, but the kind of girl who sees what she wants and grabs it.

How Do You Know isn't your average romcom. For starters, you WILL need to pay attention or you'll miss some really interesting moments and conversations, it's the kind of film you need to focus on 100%. It's a James L Brooks film and if you've ever seen any of the other films he's written or directed (Spanglish is a personal favourite but you're more likely to be familiar with As Good As It Gets, also the same guy who writes The Simpsons), you'll know he doesn't make shallow, meaningless movies. They touch on real issues without glossing over them, usually with quirky characters, and yet it will still pull you in for the romance and the comedy.

One thing I love about this writer/director is that he gives a chance for actors to really shine. In Spanglish it was Adam Sandler, and here you'll see a whole new side to all four leads, but most especially Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd.
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6 of 7 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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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).
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Reading the premise alone, i wasnt quite sure what i would be getting from this movie, but the cast was certainly upto scratch in terms of quality, so perhaps my expectations were too high?. Basically the film follows Lisa (Reese Witherspoon- Legally Blonde) & George (Paul Rudd -Role Models) who are both going through tough times in they're own sepearte lives. And are brought togher by chance through a phone call, and they meet up now & again offering each other optimism about they're futures. As we then watch them trying to get their lives back on track.

With such a strong cast that also includes Owen Wilson(Starsky and Hutch), Jack Nicholson(As Good As It Gets), Kathryn Hahn(Crossing Jordan) & an odd brief (blink & you'll miss it) Cameo appearance from Tony Shalhoub (Monk), who's scene seemed rushed & wasted for such an acomplished actor. And the fact it's all directed & written by James L. Brooks the guy behind the Simpsons, it couldnt fail....could it ?

Overall, guess what?
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