How Do You Know (2010)

How Do You Know
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Tony Shalhoub, Dean Norris, Teyonah Parris
Seen on: 6.9.2022

Plot:
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is a softball player who lives for the game. But when she is cut from the team, she has to reconfigure her entire life. That also includes deciding about her relationship with Matty (Owen Wilson), a baseball player with certain commitment issues. Her teammate (Teyonah Parris) tries to set her up with George (Paul Rudd), but George is going through a rather tumultuous life phase himself, to put it mildly: under investigation for fraud, he lost his job at his father’s (Jack Nicholson) company. Despite everything, Lisa and George meet for a friendly dinner, and actually have a connection. Now they both have to figure out where their life should be heading.

How Do You Know is okay overall, but it only gets really good at certain points. It’s watchable, but it is not particularly exciting or memorable.

The movie poster showing separate headshots of Lisa (Reese Witherspoon), Matty (Owen Wilson), George (Paul Rudd) and Charles (Jack NIcholson).
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How Do You Know (2010)

How Do You Know
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn

Plot:
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is a professional softball player but she’s just been cut from her team. A little bit at a loss with her life, she starts dating Matty (Owen Wilson) who is sweet and an asshole at the same time. In the meantime, George (Paul Rudd) who works for his father’s (Jack Nicholson) company is informed that he is being investigated for fraud and suddenly his life starts to fall apart – right after he got Lisa’s number from a mutual friend. On the advice of his assistant Annie (Kathryn Hahn) he calls her up but they don’t really hit it off straight away.

This movie is not exactly bad, but it isn’t any good either. There are some nice things about it, but somehow it’s neither fish nor fowl.

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