Movie Review: How Do You Know(2010)

I remember watching as Good As It Gets years ago and thinking of how well written that film was and this day. 1997 was a power packed year of well made films( i.e. Titanic and Good Will Hunting). James Brooks(also known for Taxi and The Simpsons) is at his best witty self in this romantic, drama and comedy.

Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson


Lisa(Reese Witherspoon) is a 31 one year old pro Softball player and receives the hapless news that she has been cut from the team. In the process of rediscovering herself she goes back and forth between two very handsome but different men. George Madison(Paul Rudd) who is a businessman and not an athlete and the 14 million a year baseball player, Matty(Owen Wilson). As time unfolds Lisa discovers which one of these men really love her for her. In the process George is being investigated by the government for fraud and other charges much to the chagrin of his father Charles, who has lied and cheated and put his son at risk. Charles, played by the great Jack Nicholson, is forced to try to do the right thing but seems to not find a way out of his own bad decisions.

In the past few weeks I feel I have seen some of the best films that I have seen in a few years. Starting with the Wallflower movie, Jack Ryan, another movie, and now this film. Here are some memorable moments. This film expresses the uncertainty that men and women face and feel when they are in the process of having feelings for someone. How do you know you are in love? How do you know you have what it takes to be the best for someone else? How do you know if you really don’t like someone and you are just afraid to express yourself to that person. George Madison is a man that tells people how he feels. Matty is a man who is to self-centered and to full of himself to really be able to give back. Lisa doesn’t know if she has what it takes to have the family life. Charles is just corrupted and doesn’t know how to tell the truth. I am sure there are more How do you know’s, those are a few.

Memorable lines and moments:
Lisa’s softball coach says: “Just because we field women athletes doesn’t mean we need to get girly when their time is up.”-

Lisa finds a stash of girl clothes and toothbrushes at Matty’s house which suggest that he has a hard time sticking to one person.

Matty says..whoa someone nuts is coming back to be more nuts!

Charles says,”Cynicism is sanity!” He also says, “Anger can be useful, watch out for the bitterness!”

On Lisa’s mirror is a quote: “Courage is mastery of fear, not absence of fear”

George tells his dad, ‘are you gonna make me literally run away from bad new!’

Lisa says, “My dad taught me never drink to feel better, drink to feel even better!” She tells Matty don’t ask me what is wrong with me and he says that is my preference!”

The therapist says to Lisa, after she asks for some very general advice. He says, “Find out what you want and learn how to ask for it!”

To many moments to capture how selfish Matty is but one is when George is in the house with Lisa and Matty comes home. He gets mad and tells her, “This is my place!”

She tells George, “what do you know except looking at me like you are Bambi!”

And the key line to the whole film is when Lisa says, “I don’t know if I have what it take for everybody’s regular plan, I have never felt that love, to be honest the baby thing..never. I am just good at this one thing..she says I think they are pretending..talking about babies and that stuff..”

She ends up with George in the end and that is a good choice. This film will surely end up in other reviews when talking about relationships. For now, I gotta this film.

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