How Do You Know (2010) Review

Lisa (Witherspoon) lives for Softball, but when she is cut from the US team she then has to deal with how to move on with her life. This involves her boyfriend baseball player Matty (Wilson) and blind date George (Rudd). George has his own problems being investigated by the government and receiving advice from his father Charles (Nicholson).

I have to start by stating how much I love James L. Brooks films, those being As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment and Say Anything. So I was therefore looking forward to this film too. Maybe that ended up creating a problem as I left the cinema more disappointed than anything else, and I still don’t know, how you know . . .

I wanted to love this film, really I did. But I struggled to really care about the characters. I had glimpses of being able to slightly understand Lisa a couple of times. Like sport being her life and struggling to see if she was cut out for the normal plan everyone is supposed to have. That was kinda it though, as I could not understand or see the attraction to Matty or George. Neither really struck me to have much about them and just didn’t get me to care how she ended up with or what happened to them.

Obviously in the totally biased nature towards Jack Nicholson I really did enjoy his very brief appearances. Especially creating the funniest scene, the hospital scene for those of you who have seen the film. But not enough Nicholson for me, he couldn’t really save this film for me.

The whole  “How Do You Know” theme mainly being around when you’re in love . . . well the film does not answer its title. We aren’t really giving any insight, unless it’s the good old answer “you just know”.

This film just didn’t work for me, we didn’t care enough about the main characters and I feel they lacked the likability factor leading us not to care. It’s such a shame for a film that looked so promising. I guess it’s true that comedy films are the hardest to make into a success.

6 thoughts on “How Do You Know (2010) Review

  1. I find James L. Brooks a bit hit an miss to be honest -not necessarily film to film but actually within the film.

    I have trouble articulating it, but I know what I mean 🙂

    Anyhow, I think I’ll give this one a miss.


    • I don’t blame you if you give this film a miss, as you really would not be missing much.

      I get what you mean Brooks does seem to be very hit miss.


  2. two main points: first of all, the total absence of chemistry between the actors. Second: very poor dialogues, written by a 70-years-old man for a thirty years’ generation. The third paragraph (“I wanted to love this film…”) resumes my feelings: I could tell it louder, but not better. A deception.


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