He’s Just Not That Into You lands in theaters February 6 and with its cast of Hollywood’s hottest, the film is a surefire hit. Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck and Drew Barrymore headline the film version of Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo’s best-selling book.
Sex and the City
Carrie Bradshaw wrote the book, literally, on the minefields of modern relationships. As He’s Just Not That Into You began its movie journey as a book, so did Candice Bushnell’s Sex and the City have its origins on the written page. Sex and the City is also the perfect movie match for He’s Just Not That Into You as it not only perfected the art of television to film brilliance, it set the standard for taking the written word and making it soar on screen.
At its heart, Wedding Crashers is a lesson in love. Both Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s characters go through personal transitions in the course of one of the funniest films in years. Isla Fisher, in particular, embodies the modern woman who sees what she wants in a man and goes after it — regardless of his intentions.
Just Friends is the most charming of romantic comedies with Ryan Reynolds flexing his funny muscles. Reynolds is enraptured with Amy Smart and has spent his years from a pudgy high school crush to ripped man continually believing she is the woman for him. Just Friends is a movie match for He’s Just Not That Into You in a refreshingly different manner. This time, the guy is the one whose affections are unanswered.
The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore spun movie gold with their tribute to â€˜80s wedding singers and the girls who adore them. Beyond the typical Sandler comedy, The Wedding Singer has heart and manages to transfer an audience to another time where Members Only jackets set fashion standards while love can grow from the most unlikely of sources.
We’re feeling the Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz northern lights-set film about a friend who arrives at his buddy’s wedding only to sweep the bride (Diaz) off her feet. When it comes to who’s not into whom, Feeling Minnesota is another example of the woman, Diaz’s character, being not too into her man — in this case, her fiancee.
Bed of Roses
Christian Slater is in his mid-â€˜90s best in Bed of Roses. Heartbreaking and honest, Bed of Roses will stay with viewers long after viewing.
The Anniversary Party
Parker Posey has anchored what seems like a dozen indie romantic comedies, but none resonates as The Anniversary Party manages.
Living Out Loud
Living Out Loud is one of Holly Hunter’s most enjoyable films. Watching her go through her character transformation is a study in both an actress losing herself in a role and how women everywhere should respond to heartbreak.
The Upside of Anger
Kevin Costner’s casting alone would rank it among the films that illustrate the romantic struggles between men and women. Watching him in The Upside of Anger, in particular, is a blissful joy. Pairing with fellow Oscar-winner Joan Allen, Costner plays a romantic interest and father figure that is one that potential step-dads everywhere should witness and emulate.
Breaking down the battle of the sexes, He’s Just Not That Into You defines an era. On film, Pleasantville captures the relationships between men and women that existed in a long-ago time. Reese Witherspoon and Tobey McGuire star as siblings who wind up sucked into a classic â€˜50s black and white sitcom where amorous affections between man and woman illuminate the screen in colors real and emotional.
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