How Do You Know
Release year: 2010
Director: James L. Brooks
Screenwriter: James L. Brooks
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Mark Linn-Baker, Lenny Venito, Molly Price
After being cut from the USA softball team, Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) enters a life crisis, wondering what to do with the rest of her life while finding herself in the middle of a love triangle. There is current, baseball-playing boyfriend Matty (Owen Wilson) whose rich and self-absorbed and then there is corporate guy George (Paul Rudd), who is in deep trouble and amidst making bi life decisions himself.
Oscar-winning director Brooks (he won for Terms of Endearment in 1983) is probably mostly known for being the man who developed the insanely popular animated TV series The Simpsons together with Matt Groening and Sam Simon. With only six director credits, How Do You Know is the latest from the director. The cast is stellar with Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, 2001), one of the leading rom-com ladies of last decade and Rudd (Ant-Man, 2015) in the lead and strong support from veteran actor Nicholson, who Brooks directed to an Oscar in both Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets (1997) and the delightful Hahn (How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days, 2003). But despite the obviously talented cast the movie feels flat and considering how charming both Witherspoon, Wilson and Rudd is, it is incredibly how hard it is to care for them. The movie does have its sweet moments and it is doubtful whether Nicholson can anything but deliver, however, considering the former quality work from Brooks, this is a miss.
Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton, who wrote disparagingly of several bullpen coaches in his best-selling memoir “Ball Four” (1970), has a brief cameo as a bullpen coach.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures