At The Theater #48: How Do You Know

To end Super Tuesday, I caught a 7 PM screening of How Do You Know at the AMC on 19th and Broadway with some friends. The final movie of Super Tuesday was also the most disappointing. Oddly, it was also the only movie where I felt no regrets before the movie started. Don’t worry, those came afterwards.

Lesson learned from How Do You Know: Just because I find Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson adorable does not mean the combination of the three of them guarantees a good movie. The three of them were adorable in the movie, but they all played adorable but annoyingly dumb characters.

Reese Witherspoon is a cute as How Do You Know is annoying.

How Do You Know is also about a half hour too long. There was no reason for this film to be two hours. I’m still trying to figure out what the plot of the movie was.

That’s the look of an actress who regrets saying yes to a movie role.

Watching How Do You Know felt like watching the filmed version of a first draft of a screenplay. Who greenlit this movie? A friend told me the rumored budget of How Do You Know was $120 million, roughly the same price as Terminator 3. How does he know? I didn’t ask. Big name actors carry big number price tags. Unfortunately they didn’t spend money on a good script. Or was this a case where a movie was rewritten so many times that it ended up a complete mess. Who knows?  How do they know?

“Why are we in this terrible movie?!?”

So that’s it for Super Tuesday. I went from 44 movies at the theater to 48 in one day! I’m feeling good heading into the last week of the year. I’m currently trying to figure out what movies I’d like to see to finish things out. I really want to see True Grit and Somewhere. I said in the past that 2010 in a bad year for movies, but with the exception of How Do You Know, December is really redeeming it.