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Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston

He’s Just Not That Into You is a romantic comedy movie, based on a book, which is based on an episode of Sex and the City.

 

It sees a set of nine Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern relationships. Beth wants commitment from Neil, who sees nothing wrong with the status quo. Gigi is tired of waiting by the phone, while Mary has a slew of supportive male friends - none of whom are straight. Meanwhile, Janine has trust issues with her husband, who can't trust himself around Anna.

 

The title of the 2004 book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo comes from a line in an episode of iconic Sex and the City, in which Carrie’s man of the moment, Berger, bluntly tells Miranda that the guy she’s seeing isn’t sending her mixed messages – he’s just not interested. The rest of the girls are mortified that he could say that, and that he’s wrong. Miranda is fascinated by the male perspective and asks him to expand. He shares that when a guy is interested, he’s coming inside when invited in at the end of a date, whether he has an early meeting the next morning or not; and he’s not leaving without booking the next date.

 

Taking structural hints from Best Picture Oscar winner Crash, He’s Just Not That Into You weaves together the tales of nine apparently unrelated characters and showing their connections – and their shared relationship heartaches.

 

Speaking as one of the film’s producers, Drew Barrymore was quizzed about why she chose one of the film’s smaller roles for herself. “It’s because I identified with that character, and I worked with my partner, Nan[cy Juvonen], who’s the producer, and the writers, and I was in the middle of Grey Gardens and directing this film, Whip It!, and there were so many other great roles,” she said. “There were so many awesome actors and I just wanted to step back. I liked my character, I wanted to make her the one who is dismayed by technology. It was just a perfect fit for me. I really liked her, everything happens organically for a reason. I felt like a ‘Mary’ - my character.

 

Quizzed in a press conference for the film about bad ways of getting dumped, Bradley Cooper shared his experience: “I used to host this trek show for the Discovery Channel called Globetrekker. We were in Peru, and we got there late so I hadn’t acclimatized. You had to keep your feet above your head and I had an oxygen tank on. I was dating this girl at the time, and I had always been like, ‘No no no, once we graduate school we should go our separate ways.’ But I had clarity in Peru, so I called her, which took like 10 minutes to figure out how to reach her in New York to tell her this mid-breath of oxygen and she was just not on the same page. And I was like, ‘Baby, I’m up here and I really think we should do this—‘

And she was not on the same page. She said, ‘You know, that is so interesting.’ We had been apart for, like, 15 days, and she said, ‘I’ve actually really enjoyed myself.’ Talk about getting kicked when you’re down!

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