Review: ‘How Do You Know’Written by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you know when you are in love? Is it love at first sight or is it a gradual falling head over heels?
“How Do You Know,” out now in theaters nationwide, attempts to highlight the search for love.
The latest rom-com by James L. Brooks, the Academy Award-winning director of “Terms of Endearment,” perfectly portrays the serendipity of love and entropy of life.
The film opens by following athlete Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) from a childhood love of softball to a career made out of it. At 31, Lisa begins the next phase of her life. Here enters George (Paul Rudd), who finds himself in financial crisis and under investigation by the federal government. Both protagonists soon find themselves in a love triangle with Lisa’s current rich athlete beau Matty (Owen Wilson).
In the dénouement, Lisa must decide between sweet and quirky George and self-centered ladies man Matty. The end decision may be important for some audience members, but the journey to that moment is the best part.
There are quiet moments throughout the movie where Rudd and Witherspoon shine. Whether they’re looking into each other’s eyes or talking on the phone, the chemistry is nearly tangible. Rudd’s character quirks are also endearing.
Jack Nicholson’s role as George’s father is a well-written complex relationship between father and son. Tony Shalhoub’s quick cameo as a psychiatrist is well-played and enjoyable.
The film is beautifully shot and edited. “How Do You Know” is great for a date or a matinee.
“How Do You Know” is rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language.