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How Do You Know (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 2010 (USA)
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After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George's Lawyer
Bullpen Pitcher
Softball Coach


Star softball player, Lisa, has just been cut from the national team; Scholarly business man, George, has just been indicted from his father's company. With everything that they know in their lives taken from them, Lisa and George attempt to find romance. Lisa's potential boyfriend, Matty, however, is as clueless and perpetually single as they come, and George's girlfriend just dumped him. A chance hook-up through mutual friends, Lisa and George may be able to form a friendship, or more, that can help them climb out of the piles of lemons that life has handed to them. Written by napierslogs

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language (on appeal/re-edit) | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Everything You've Got  »

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Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,484,696 (USA) (17 December 2010)


£734,791 (UK) (4 February 2011)

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When Lisa was staying in George's apartment, after being so angry with Matty (due to what he said) that made her packed her things & left Matty's apartment, and waiting for George to make his own drink, she was drinking Guiness. When the scene showed the glass of Guiness on the box, she seemed to have taken it with her right hand. But right in the next scene, she took it with her left hand. See more »


George: We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work.
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References Bambi (1942) See more »


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Written by Mayer Hawthorne (as Andrew Cohen)
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Nice and unusual for big Hollywood movie
9 March 2011 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

I can't believe the low rating of this movie. I guess it's because it does not give you usual polished Hollywood story of romance: boy meets girl, girl has a boyfriend/fiancé who at first seems perfect but then turns out to be douche bag and/or evil and there steps in this new perfect guy, they kiss and live happily ever after, the end.

Here, both guys trying to get the girl are screwed up in some way or another. Boyfriend (Owen Wilson) is not a bad guy. He is not too sensitive, he sleeps around, but the point is he doesn't try to hide it. He is honest about himself. And throughout the relationship he tries to better himself and the relationship with his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). On the other hand the "new guy" (Paul Rudd) is depressed, has no job or money and is facing prison time. And at the beginning the girl he's chasing considers him weird. His slime-ball/businessman father (Jack Nicholson) I think just adds likability to Rudds character.

Also, what I like is there is no perfect ending. There is sort of a feel-good ending but it's not perfect. Although, for that you'll have to see the movie.

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Don't get the criticism... anyone else like it? toontock
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