How Do You Know (12A)

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Romantic comedy

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Tue Jan 25 2011

James L Brooks was working on ‘The Simpsons’ around the time of the 1993 episode ‘Bart’s Inner Child’, in which Springfield falls prey to self-help svengali Brad Goodman. His condescending rhetoric (‘You’re not a human “being”, you’re a human “doing”!’) satirised psychobabble. This new film from Brooks (‘As Good as It Gets’) sees a script constructed of the same doublespeak, only with its meanings taken seriously. Paul Rudd is George, a kind everyman accused of a corporate crime and saddled with a dilemma: should he shop his slippery father, Charles (Jack Nicholson), to the Feds so he can get with retired baseball champ Lisa (Reese Witherspoon – miscast), who’s in an awkward romance with dim-brained ’ball star Matty (Owen Wilson)? Contrived, mawkish and mirthless, this feels like it was made by people who haven’t had any meaningful human contact for years.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jan 28, 2011

Duration:

121 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd

Director:

James L Brooks

Screenwriter:

James L Brooks

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scrumpyjack

Saw this last week but forgot to comment. How will you know if you have seen pleasant un-annoying fluff? You'll forget about it by the time your bum has left the seat. 5/10