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How Do You Know (2010)

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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)


$30,212,620 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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Did You Know?


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. See more »


The scene from the "Nationals'" bullpen where one of the Nats relief pitchers throws a note to a female fan in the stands was actually filmed in the visitors' bullpen at Nationals Park. The visitors' bullpen (in left-center field) is more open and sunny (scene was filmed in the morning) while the real Nationals bullpen (in right field) is shaded by the stands above it. See more »


Lisa: George, this is my boyfriend Matty
George: Nice to meet you
Matty: Who is he?
Lisa: You didn't even say hello!
Matty: Yeah I think you ought to check with me before you invite some guy over so I'm a little bit too pissed off to say hello!
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Referenced in Ren yue li hun hou (2011) See more »


Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'
Written by Mayer Hawthorne (as Andrew Cohen)
Performed by Mayer Hawthorne
Courtesy of Stones Throw Records, LLC
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User Reviews

26 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From looking at the casting, you would immediately think this to be a romantic comedy, and I guess that's where it starts going wrong.. from people going in to see this movie, expecting a chick flick and being disappointed.

I believe the reason for the poor reviews of this movie are due to the fact that is has been advertised and delivered as a romantic comedy.

True, it is fit for the romance genre, comedy.. not so much. But as far as romantic drama's go, this is an excellent picture for the modernized crowd.

That's because it is so much more. It is ideal for viewing of a well- intended inspiring somewhat-romantic movie. Humour is few and far between for a comedy-seeking crowd, however for those who connect to the characters, the humour is purely intended for those devised from caring for the characters.

Reese Witherspoon has perfected the role of Lisa, this is the movie that I would beg girlfriends to watch, due to her total delivery of the character throughout the entire picture, which is something most girls and women can relate to (whether they've reached that hurdle yet or not).

Which is where I feel the script originated from, life lessons. The script of the movie is all relatable in one aspect or other. It's moving to view a capture of these 'life lessons' within a movie, and I think if a movie can deliver that, then they have succeeded in making a good movie. Although the writing could have been sharper, better presented and wittier, it was decent enough for one to be indulged in the plot.

Paul Rudd, I thought, was a fantastic casting. Again, writing could of been better for a few of his lines where comedy was intended and some of his reactions.. but still I found him to be excellent and I enjoyed watching him.

Nice to see Jack Nicholson again, (huge fan of One flew over the cuckoo's nest!), his part was suitable if not a little long winded. I felt (again) wittier writing would have improved his character and performance hugely, however he delivered his part.

And Luke Wilson.. okay so we all know what kind of movie's he's known for now, and fair enough, he was a good casting for the part. My only itch is I'd like to see him doing more roles similar to Hutch, ala Starsky&, dry detective types.

Moving on, as said above, this is not a movie to make you lol or rofl, merely a movie to be enjoyed from watching these character's journey of self-revelation's throughout.

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