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How Do You Know (2010)

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After being cut from the U.S.A. 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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James L. Brooks

Writer:

James L. Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Lisa
Paul Rudd ... George
Owen Wilson ... Matty
Jack Nicholson ... Charles
Kathryn Hahn ... Annie
Mark Linn-Baker ... Ron
Lenny Venito ... Al
Molly Price ... Coach Sally
Ron McLarty ... George's Lawyer
Shelley Conn ... Terry
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Bullpen Pitcher
John Tormey ... Doorman
Teyonah Parris ... Riva
Tony Shalhoub ... Psychiatrist
Dean Norris ... Softball Coach
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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everything You've Got See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,484,696, 19 December 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,212,620, 23 January 2011
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd were voice actress and actor in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and their characters were love interests as well. See more »

Goofs

When Lisa was in front of the mirror, brushing, after she knew that she wasn't a part of the lineup of the players for the 2011 Team USA, there were no post-it written in a white index card saying "Where there is no struggle, there is no strength" but on the next scene, there is that white index card. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: What sort of trouble are you in George?
George: Ah, well ah... simply put... ah, I'm currently unemployed, my girlfriend recently broke up with me, er, I will soon run out of money and, er, I'm the target of a federal investigation.
Lisa: Wow, you are a real chick magnet, aren't you.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.58 (2010) See more »

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Beneath The Bleeding
Written by Jack Angel, Ros Savory, Timothy Kassner and Radek Kowalczyk
Performed by Inhumane
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Underrated
26 March 2011 | by xcharxcharxSee 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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