He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
In the world of He's Just Not That Into You, people seem to spend twenty-four hours a day concerned about relationships and dating (and occasionally interior design). They're remarkably good at finding attractive prospects, but incredibly bad at knowing how to handle them. The writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (1999's Never Been Kissed) are obviously fascinated by having beautiful 30-somethings run around like awkward 18-year-olds, looking for love and supposedly educating us. The idea isn't particularly bright or groundbreaking, but by throwing in a heap of stars and keep insisting that it's all very cute and funny, director Ken Kwapis does manage to create a useful semi-romantic comedy for young couples and desperate single girls. The performances are solid, especially from those in the ensemble who refrain from being too manic. Ben Affleck demonstrates that learning from your kid brother can sometimes be a clever move, and Justin Long takes another step towards superstardom in a well-balanced part.