Johansson (left) and Barrymore wonder why no one’s into them. Yeah, right.
HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (Ken Kwapis). 129 minutes. Opens Friday (February 6). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
How do you make a chick flick appeal to guys? Do like the producers of He's Just Not That Into You and cast Scarlett Johansson. Problem is, she's hot but she's not funny.
You want fun gloss, the kind Jennifer Aniston delivers with such ease playing Beth, who's waiting for Neil (Ben Affleck) to pop the question. Near-stalker girl Ginnifer Goodwin has it, too. Jennifer Connelly doesn't, but that's all right - she's got the thankless nagging-wife role.
Johansson, on the other hand, has an unnerving sexual energy and overall intensity that overwhelm (not in a good way) lightweight suitors Kevin Connolly and Bradley Cooper.
That certainly doesn't wreck this date movie based on the bestselling book that urges women, among other things, not to overanalyze a guy's failure to follow up on a first date. Sure, it's way too white-bread - especially given that it's set in Baltimore - but the writing's smart and the situations real, making it great for post-screening conversations. Hilarious direct-to-camera testimonials by what are meant to look like people on the street reinforce the reality factor.
Note to producers: Looking for hot and funny? Get Cameron Diaz. Drew Barrymore, who also appears (and delivers a terrific monologue bemoaning how she can now be rejected via seven separate technologies), exec-produces here and should have figured that out.