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How Do You Know

May 1, 2011

Lisa: Never drink to feel better; drink to feel even better.

How Do You Know is the story of Lisa (played wonderfully by the beautiful Reese Witherspoon) who got cut from her professional softball team and confused about her relationship with major league pitcher Matty (played by Owen Wilson in his usual knuckle-head and awkward role) and doesn’t quite know what she’s doing with her life. Enter corporate executive George (played by Paul Rudd in a surprisingly real and astounding performance), who is being investigated for something along with his father Charles (amazingly played by the legendary Jack Nicholson in another pitch-perfect role). The real scene stealer is Kathryn Hahn, who plays George’s loyal, pregnant, and honest secretary Annie in her most hilarious role since 2008’s hit comedy Step Brothers, where she played John C. Reily’s love interest. Put all of this together, and we now have ourselves a James L. Brooks movie.

How Do You Know was hated by audiences and critics alike. This disgusts me! This is an amazing film, quite possibly the best film of the year. I guess it’s a bad thing that the characters in this movie have real wants and needs and take the time to make real life decisions. But what do I know, I’m just a simple movie goer. Audiences have been complaining that this film has no real plot, but thats just bull. This film has a wonderful plot that kept me interested for the whole two hours. This isn’t no The Social Network or The Fighter, but it’s something different and refreshing, that a bunch of people like. Aside from the outstanding performances, the film boasts a stellar soundtrack and great writing and directing from legendary director James L. Brooks. The story is human and very realistic and it was surprisingly funny in a quirky sort of way. Nowadays, films aren’t very thought provoking, but after seeing How Do You Know, it really made me think about life. How do I know when everything is going downhill? How do I know when I’m in love? This is a great reason why this film is thought provoking, because it actually speaks to the audience in a relatable way. Aside from all of that, How Do You Know is a perfect example of great cinema and I’ll admit that it’s not for everyone, but if you enjoy light-hearted romantic comedies, then this is the film for you.

Matty: I went nuts when you left; I broke a lamp!
Lisa: Okay, read me the thing.
Matty: That was the thing!

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