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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 4, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Not that into “He’s Just Not That Into You”?

I’m a little worried about “He’s Just Not That Into You,” and not just because nearly everyone in the cast seems to be named Jennifer (or, in a creative twist, Ginnifer). It’s possible, though rare, for a good movie to spring from a TV show, but can a good movie spring from one line on a TV show? I just combed fruitlessly through YouTube looking for the “Sex and the City” episode where Berger tells Miranda, regarding a man who cut short their date because he had to get up early in the morning, “He’s just not that into you.” Later, Miranda repeats it to a few women chatting about a guy who’s totally going to call. It’s an OK line, as six-word lines go, and it later became the title of a bestselling self-help book, but is it a movie? Can it break the long, sad dry spell that Hollywood romantic comedies have become? Will it at least be better than “New in Town”?
Here’s the trailer. Maybe the women in the movie are smarter than they seem here. Maybe the movie will be cute and funny and won’t turn all its female characters into marriage-obsessed ninnies. Maybe Ginnifer Goodwin’s cute pink phone is available at Target. Hope springs eternal.

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