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At Theaters: 12/17/2010 On Video: 3/22/2011
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 1 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 569921
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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The last thing Lisa wants or needs was a complicated relationship - and things get even more complicated when she's set up on a blind date with George Madison, a man going through several transitions of his own.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - This is a romantic comedy-drama aimed at adults. Fans of the top three stars Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Paul Rudd will have much to enjoy though this film is pitched to an older audience than most of their other work. Jack Nicholson has a fairly small supporting role. Adult subject matter makes the film inappropriate for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Reese Witherspoon MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, FOUR CHRISTMASES, PENELOPE
Owen Wilson MARMADUKE
Paul Rudd DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
Jack Nicholson THE BUCKET LIST, THE DEPARTED
Kathryn Hahn THE GOODS: LIVE HARD, SELL HARD
Dir/Prod/Wri: James L. Brooks SPANGLISH, AS GOOD AS IT GETS
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About The Film
About The Characters
About James L. Brooks
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 4 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Briefly heard sex.
VIOLENCE: A hit, a push, and a fall.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Constant alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Constant comic banter and wisecracks.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average ... it's hard to label How Do You Know as a complete failure. It does some of what it sets out to accomplish and most viewers will depart the theater with at least the beginnings of a warm, fuzzy feeling. These days, it's hard to ask for much more.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average Reese Witherspoon is always immensely cuddly, but it's not Lisa's heart that's involved here, it's her storyline. Nothing heats up. The movie doesn't lead us, it simply stays in step. Jack Nicholson is one of the few actors who always inspires a quiet chuckle of anticipation when he first appears in a movie. This is a rare movie that doesn't give him a chance to deserve it.

USA Today Full Review
Average The movie is dogged by an uneven script, sloppily timed quips and sluggish pacing. Emotional realizations feel contrived or overly sentimental rather than real epiphanies. There's a lot of talk in How Do You Know, but not much worth saying.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 100 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
85%
30+Adults (M)
32
Fairly High
78%
30+Adults (F)
42
Fairly High
86%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 100 moviegoers:
TEENS:About two-thirds loved "How Do You Know." Unfortunately, almost another third only rated it average with the rest rating it below average. It appears you will either love it or feel it's somewhat disappointing.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Approximately half the males and females enjoyed this movie very much, with quite a few loving it. The rest of the males thought it was average but the rest of the females rated it mostly below average.
ADULTS:For both the males and females, these reviews are disappointing. There are a small number of very high reviews (not good) and a pretty large number of mediocre to low reviews (also not good). A large number rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, close to half only rated it average to below average.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Lisa (Witherspoon) is a woman whose athletic ability is the defining passion of her life, having been her focus since early childhood. When she is cut from her team, everything she has ever known is suddenly taken from her. Not knowing what to do, she stumbles toward regular life. In this mode, she begins a fling with Matty (Wilson), a major league baseball pitcher, a self-centered ladies man - a narcissist with a code of honor.

George Madison (Rudd) is a straight-arrow businessman whose complicated relationship with his father, Charles (Nicholson), takes a turn when George is accused of a financial crime, even though he's done nothing wrong. Though he may be headed to jail, George's honesty, integrity, and unceasing optimism may be his only path to keeping his sanity.

Before Lisa's relationship with Matty takes root, she meets George for a first date on the worst evening of each of their lives: she has just been cut, and he has just been served. When everything else seems to be falling apart, they will discover what it means to have something wonderful happen.

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