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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.
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
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.