New Line Cinema has just recently put out a film about the woes and confusing uncertainty that love presents in a tightly packed romantic comedy including big names like Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer and Kevin Connolly, and Ginnifer Goodwin as a personified desperate love seeker Gigi. The film bases out of the premise that true love is often hard to come by and is usually split amongst two types of people in a relationship relative to the woman: the exception and the rule. Gigi is typically described as the stupid albeit daring woman that follows the path of love wherever it takes her, even if it is to a guy that does not care. She’s the rule according to her run in with Justin Long’s character Adam, a friend of the date that blew Gigi off and explains her the overall deal with guys and how they perceive things. If a guy cares, he calls and he “makes something happen,” if not he’s just not that into you.
The roots of the story are based around the relationship with Gigi to her relationship with Beth (Jennifer Aniston) and Janine (Connolly) as they try and help her find a guy she likes. Through the initial subplot of a story-arch, we follow the story of the other two girls as well with Beth’s “I can’t marry anyone” boyfriend (Affleck) and Janine’s cheating husband (Bradley Cooper) with the very husky and tempting Anna played by a talented Scarlett Johansson. Everything that happens clearly happens with a purpose in the tangled web of love on screen. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein really showed talent in delivering a screenplay that has equal opportunity to be perceived compared to the book. Sadly, the performances were bland and it almost seems like the casting agency chose roles for people that were just not working.
While the film manages to deliver a storyline that cleverly mixes characters together in an almost Crash-eque sort of way, it falls unbearably to the realms of a story plot that is essentially pointless and predictable. We do not need to go over who gets with who in the end, but it is very obvious if you can imagine the shape of this New Line flick in the form of a cookiecutter girlflick. Women, the movie says, can find a hundred ways to deny a simple truth: that if a man does not act interested, it is probably because he’s not interested. Simple enough, but it just feels like a film that wanted to stretch too far into being something that comes about an overall theme that is not predictable but obvious. By doing so, the film is the most obvious stark truth of all: if it reeks of an average plot, they’re just not into you. ‘They’ being the audience.