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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.

Director:

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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One of the lesser known "big box-office bombs of all time"; the budget spiraled up to one hundred twenty million dollars due to high salary demands of its principle cast and director, as well as a costly re-shoot for the beginning and the ending. Coupled with marketing costs, the movie lost an estimated one hundred five million dollars. See more »

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When Lisa is speaking to Matty on her phone while taking up a garbage bag, she knocks over the bin and it falls on its flat side, remaining stationary. The scene cuts to Matty who speaks for only a second before cutting back to Lisa. This time the bin is on its round side and is rolling back and forth, though Lisa doesn't seem to have moved and had practically no time to flip the trash bin. See more »

Quotes

Al: I gotta say something to you, I don't want you to think that the reason we're not married is because I think anything of anyone else. It's because I'm 40 years old and I'm a failure, Annie. The reason that I never talked marriage to you is because I couldn't stand to see you, the princess of worry, weighed down by me and my limited prospects. Because I get you worrying, Annie. I know that a lot of people think that's a bad thing about you, but I know that it's because you have a great big heart...
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References Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »

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Perfectly Wrong
Written by Michael Demeter, Fernando Rodriguez and William Rowe
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of Music Dealers
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Enjoyable fluff
17 January 2011 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

I am very critical of slow pacing but did not find this comedy the least bit slow. As one who works on Wall Street, I can tell you that people like George actually do exist (promoted to a position of authority due to nepotism, but set up for a fall because he actually has ethics). I thought the way they set things up with the phone call by Reba, the pragmatic selfishness of his current girlfriend, and the non-date date worked well together and was plausible enough within context to be enjoyable. I also thought the relationship between jock-player (Wilson) and over-the-hill jock Witherspoon was sweet and funny in its own way.

However, Kathryn Hahn steals every scene she's in as Rudd's personal assistant who hates what's going on and is also a single mom-to-be. And her scene in the hospital alone was worth the price of admission to me. The ending was also well handled. This is the best Paul Rudd performance I have seen since The Shape of Things after many bad ones in-between. Witherspoon was fine even though she didn't seem to have sizzling chemistry with Rudd - she was wonderful with Wilson. The cameo by Shalhoub as a psychiatrist was hilarious. And Mark-Linn Baker was appropriately cowering as the corporate lawyer. Nicholson was fine - he felt the part even though he could have played it in his sleep. Not one of his best, but more than adequate.

So, is this an original and ground-breaking film? No. Is it a highly enjoyable romantic comedy with good supporting performances and funny scenes? Yes!


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