Excerpt: 30-something Olympic-level softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) has reached a crossroads in her life after being retired from her team, as has George Madison (Paul Rudd), a businessman who has been indicted for financial crimes he didn't commit but that his boss/father (Jack Nicholson) seems to know more about than he's letting on.
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? On paper, the movie looks good. James L.
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? Well, you get the point. This one comes from the mind of James L. Brooks, only his sixth directorial feature, and probably the worst thing he’s ever done.
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 neurotic secretary (Katheryn Hahn) and his father (Jack Nicholson) that could have been excluded to quicken the pace and make the film more interesting.
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 infuse the movie with the energy and chemistry it craves. Even good video and audio and a slew of supplements can't heighten my enthusiasm for this lackluster misfire.
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. While unsure, she jumps into a relationship with Matty (Wilson) while flirting with George (Rudd).
Summary: We're all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work. How Do You Know proves to be a very sweet and charming litte movie...in the last 15 minutes. The rest of the film is about one third character development (primarily, it seems, built around characters detachedly chatting away on cell phones), one third plot advancement, and one third too long. Director James L.
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. Brooks has never topped his 1987 classic, and he hasn't done it with How Do You Know , a perfectly enjoyable if flabby romantic comedy that's still more mature, thoughtful and sincere than most of what passes in the genre lately.
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. Straining to coast on charm, the picture instead belly flops immediately, massively overestimating the appeal of the cast and the tender overtones of the script.