Excerpt: I find it somewhat ironic that the title of this movie is “How Do You Know” when I would have liked to have known how utterly bad this was before I invested two hours of my time in it. Please pardon the run-on sentence. Now before I continue with my tirade, let’s examine some of the facts, shall we?
Excerpt: How do you know when you’re in the midst of a bad movie? When you’re watching How Do You Know . How do you know when a rounded cast is completely wasted? When you’re watching How Do You Know . How do you know the ending of this complex love triangle only 20-minutes into the movie?
Excerpt: Writer-director James L. Brooks' has quite a resume and I guess every now and then even the best of writers will release a stinker, and this certainly qualifies. The love triangle storyline had possibilities between Rudd, Wilson, and Witherspoon, but there are too many loose ends with Rudd's...
Conclusion: James L. Brooks has directed some funny, appealing, emotional, and perceptive films, but sadly, the anemic 'How Do You Know' isn't one of them. This rambling, passionless romantic comedy is only mildly amusing and intermittently warm, and though the talented cast tries its best, the actors fail to...
Excerpt: The Film How do you know you just lost an evening? You'll realize it pretty soon after watching How Do You Know , a movie that puts Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson in a love triangle. Lisa (Witherspoon)'s life is in flux when she's dropped from the women's USA baseball team.
Conclusion: How Do You Know isn't a bad movie, really; it's just an exercise in missed potential. All the ingredients are here for a superior film -- good characters, a great cast, a decent enough story -- but Writer/Director James L. Brooks, unfortunately, misses the mark with this one.
Excerpt: The problem with making a romantic comedy as good as Broadcast News is that, even after your career continues for another 20 years, every movie you make will be compared, probably unfavorably, to Broadcast News . Writer-director James L.
Excerpt: "How Do You Know" is a James L. Brooks film that plays like a parody of a James L. Brooks film. It's an overly mannered, emotionally void romantic comedy, ideal for viewers who aren't on the hunt for common sense when it comes to the oily mechanics of love on the silver screen.