After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.
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James L. Brooks says it all during the clinic scene when Paul Rudd doesn't manage to film Al's proposal to Annie. How Do You Know is a movie about fake feelings and not a very good one. Already forgotten.
Some really interesting dialogue. But Owen Wilson was the only natural one in it. Reese and Paul seemed very uncomfortable at points and I couldn't tell if it was part of the characters or what. Three stars for its sporadic charming moments.
Perhaps it was because the buzz for this film verged on apocalyptic or perhaps it was my soft-spot for many of the little touches Brooks has mastered so seamlessly, but I found this to be a film of many delightful moments not least of which were the finely tuned work of Rudd and Wilson. To be fair, the script serves them with the best characters, leaving Witherspoon with too many notes to play. Holly Hunter she aint.
Don't focus so much on the credentials of who's starring in it, or the hype you've built up for it yourself. That's nonsense. It's actually a wonderfully-written film, one of my most favorite screenplays, and deserves to be appreciated and recommended. I could watch this over and over again because the comedy is so comfortable, feels very natural, and isn't trying too hard.
Terrible script. It would be so much better if it was a river full of clichés - best funny scenes can possibly be beaten by silly shows like TBBT.
Also made me wonder how fair was it that Wintherspoon got Academy Award for best acting.
James L. Brooks, how do you not know that this bloated, unfocused mess was a terrible idea? When I watched the film, it seemed like I was actually watching not just one but two terrible movies at once. Such a waste of great acting talent.