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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

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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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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

Gross USA:

$30,212,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,668,907
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally rated R by the MPAA before being reduced to a PG-13 rating on appeal, somewhat commonplace for a James L. Brooks film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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References Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »

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What Is It This Time?
Written by Jamie Lidell (as Jamie Lidderdale) and Mocky (as Dominic Salole)
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Mediocre romantic comedy...
12 March 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

As for a romantic comedy, then "How Do You Know" was fairly slow and lacked some of that special ingredient to make it stand out from the many, many others in the same genre.

Sure the movie had an impressive list of cast, and there was some good chemistry between Reese Witherspoon (playing Lisa) and Paul Rudd (playing George). And they worked well together on the screen. Also Owen Wilson (playing Matty) was well cast for that particular role. Most impressively was seeing Jack Nicholson (playing Charles) in this movie, he truly is a diverse actor.

The story in "How Do You Know" is basically right out of the romantic comedy cookbook; two people meet and eventually get to find love, and of course need to get through the obstacles along the way. Pretty textbook material there, so don't expect any major new-thinking in the movie. But still, the story was enjoyable, though at times very slow moving.

There are other romantic comedies that have more meat on it, so to speak. But for fans of Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd or Owen Wilson, then this movie is a good addition. I didn't mention Jack Nicholson here, because he is better in other types of movies.

I was entertained throughout the movie, despite the long patches of endless dragging on. However, I can't say that I will be putting the movie on a second time. For me, it just doesn't have that much appeal.


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