Pin It
Favourite

How Do You Know is so-so 

Physical comedy and cute dialogue shed light on a dim plot.

James L. Brooks has a knack for crafting lines of dialogue that are simultaneously funny and touching, the kind that make you wish you could distill your own thoughts so economically. Reese Witherspoon plays a softball star who, reeling after getting cut from the US Olympic team, takes up with Owen Wilson’s dimwitted major leaguer. This leaves Paul Rudd’s sincere corporate suit in a prison of unrequited love at the same time as he and his father (Jack Nicholson) face real prison time for securities fraud. Rudd delivers some brilliant physical comedy---his drunken steak-grilling is a genius moment---and tiny Witherspoon’s surprisingly believable as a tough ex-athlete. Brooks’ bon mots are the real attraction, propping up a movie that fails almost completely in the plot department.
How Do You Know
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 116 min. · 2010
Official Site: www.howdoyouknow-movie.com
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Cast: Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Andrew Wilson, Molly Price, Yuki Matsuzaki, Domenick Lombardozzi and Shelley Conn

Now Playing

How Do You Know is not showing in any theaters in the area.

What others are saying

  • Support The Coast

    At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

    Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

    Pin It
    Favourite

    Comments

    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

    More by Matt Semansky

    Get more Halifax

    Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

    Coast Top Ten

    © 2021 Coast Publishing Ltd.