As Anna Pickard writes in the Guardian today, an off-the-cuff remark in a TV show became a self-help book, and that self-help book became a movie, at that movie stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly and, um, Kris Kristofferson. The flick is, of, course, He's Just Not That Into You, and it might make you want to stick a fork in your eye.This is just judging from the trailer, embedded after the jump. In it, you'll see Goodwin playing a desperado woman who cluelessly pesters a man in a bar since he says "Look forward to hearing from you" even though she gave him her card; and Jennifer Aniston whine, "You don't ever feel like we're going against nature by not getting married?" to a grossed-out Ben Affleck. Take a moment to vomit. So, Goodwin's character is way too naive and Aniston's character doesn't want the same things as her man. Weak women, how fun! And there's more: Drew Barrymore's three (gay?) guy friends gather around to hear her voicemail from a dude, only to find out that he left the exact same voicemail for some other chick. Wow, does she look dumb. The trailer uses "Friday I'm In Love" by The Cure try to trick you into thinking that this is a feel-good comedy, but it's clearly just a complete and utter evisceration and mockery of the female psyche. Men aren't jerks; women are IDIOTS. The film opens in February 2009, but based on the trailer it should be opening later this month, as a horror film.
I realize any respect I've earned is about to be lost but here goes: This book really helped me get over someone I was pathetically, one-sidedly in love with. I mean, I was full of explanations for all his less than perfect behavior until the book pointed out that I was deluding myself. Yes, it has its flaws, probably compounded by the making of a film, but the book does have some good messages buried in there. At least I thought it did. Anyone else not a hater (of the book)?