By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
There’s little doubt about who Reese Witherspoon’s character ends up with at the end of “How Do You Know.”
But that kind of predictability hasn’t hurt other romantic comedies.
Witherspoon turns on the charm as Lisa, a softball player who gets cut from the U.S. Olympic team.
While she’s dealing with that major disappointment in her life, she’s also juggling a pair of potential suitors.
Matty (Owen Wilson) seems to have the inside track. He’s funny and thoughtful in his own way, and he makes $14 million a year as a baseball pitcher.
George (Paul Rudd) is a different story. He’s at the center of a corporate fraud case, so his world is falling down around him. He’s clearly not at his best during his first date with Lisa.
To top it off, Jack Nicholson plays George’s dad (Charles). He’s a liar and a manipulator, but he goes about it in such a pleasant way.
There’s got to be some love for his son, right? But it’s hard to tell if Charles is looking out for George’s best interest.
All four of the lead actors have fine comic timing and the script by director James L. Brooks delivers occasional laugh-out-loud moments. Some of the scenes work very well, while others come off as heavy handed or forgettable.
At times, it’s difficult to understand why any person would act the way these characters act. Surely, Brooks’ understanding of the human condition is more varied than mine, but still …
“How Do You Know” isn’t a horrible movie. It has a lot of quality elements going for it, but they just don’t mesh together.
I give “How Do You Know” a C plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Roadkill Bill with Wizard 106.7 gives “How Do You Know” a B. “It’s predictable but funny. I think the guys will enjoy it, too.”