Picks and Pans Review: He's Just Not That into You

updated 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jennifer Aniston, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore | PG-13 |

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COMEDY
Talk about lines that linger. Here's a film spawned from a single wisp of dialogue, "He's just not that into you," spoken on a 2003 Sex and the City TV episode. It inspired a 2004 bestselling advice book, which led to this lightweight romantic comedy about several women and the men they fail to understand. Overlapping story lines center on coworkers at a Baltimore spice company: single Gigi (Goodwin), who's frantic to connect; married Janine (Connelly), who's unaware that her hubby (Bradley Cooper) has eyes for another (Johansson); and Beth (Aniston), who longs to wed her longtime live-in (Ben Affleck). This may be chick lit at 24 frames a second, but Into You manages moments that ring true emotionally and exhibits a winning sardonic streak. Of the ensemble cast, Aniston is the standout, injecting subtle bittersweet notes, while Barrymore, as an ad sales rep on a losing dating streak, is left hanging with no real part to play.

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