Let me start right up top by saying this ain’t my kind of movie. My kind of movie — since you asked — usually features at least one, but preferably all three of the following things: 1) Explosions, 2) Lasers, 3) Gratuitous nudity. I’m a simple man, I like simple pleasures. (When my good PopWatch buddy Wook Kim expressed shock at the fact that I watched every episode of Sex and the City, I explained to him that, aside from being a well-written show, Kim Catrall could be counted on to drop her haute trou at least four times a season. Which was enough for me.)
So, imagine my shock at discovering, after watching the following trailer, that I’d probably go see this fall’s He’s Just Not That Into You.
Maybe it’s Big Love‘s Ginnifer Goodwin — who looks like a darling cross between Cameron Diaz and Cindy Williams — that’s giving me hope. There’s an optimism in her face, a lack of having been beaten down by other crappier romantic comedies (yes, we’re talking to you, Kate Hudson). And the rest of the cast looks stellar: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Connelly, her brother Kevin (okay, I know he’s not her brother, their last names are spelled differently… duh), Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Aniston.
But I think it’s the way the trailer relaxes into itself. It’s not a hard sell. There are no pratfalls, no slapstick; the jokes are smart but not aggressively so. It feels like there’s substance to He’s Just Not That Into You. Which is refreshing, especially for a rom-com. What about you? Are you into He’s Just Not That Into You?