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How Do You Know (2010)

Comedy | 121 minutes
2,41 427 votes

Genre: Comedy / Drama

Duration: 121 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson

IMDb score: 5,4 (54.729)

Releasedate: 17 December 2010

How Do You Know plot

"How do you know it's love?"

How do you know you've found the right one? That's what this story is about. We follow Lisa (Reese Witherspoon), a professional softball player, Manny (Owen Wilson), a major league baseball player, and George (Paul Rudd), a CEO who is about to lose everything, and their love triangle. Charles (Jack Nicholson), George's father, is on hand with well-intentioned advice.

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avatar van scorsese


  • 11910 messages
  • 10268 votes

Mediocre film in which a love triangle develops when two men fall in love with the same woman. The film has some nice dialogues and certainly has its moments. But in the end it is a bit too monotonous and there are too many uninteresting side-plots. Reese Witherspoon plays a nice role, and is actually the greatest asset of the film.

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avatar van rcuppen79


  • 714 messages
  • 1618 votes

Expensive (cost: 120 million dollars) romantic comedy, which at the time failed miserably in the cinemas. The costs are mainly in the actors. Reese Witherspoon was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood at the time and Jack Nicholson and Owen Wilson also received an 8-figure sum for their contribution to this film. However, the expensive cast can't hide the fact that this has become a pretty standard romantic comedy, with a 13-in-1 dozen story.

Reese Witherspoon is on autopilot and has delivered better acting in the past. As usual, Owen Wilson is very annoying (never understood what the American public thinks so great about him) and Jack Nicholson can do better too. The only bright spot is Paul Rudd, who plays his role with great enthusiasm, and who is also the only one who provides the comic relief. Because hopefully this comedy falls short in that area too. There is far too little to laugh about.

A failed rom-com by James L. Brooks, who has done a better job in the past as creator of The Simpsons and films like As Good As It Gets and Terms Of Endearment.

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avatar van tommykonijn


  • 4969 messages
  • 2225 votes

Foreign. I expected a bit more with this cast and James L. Brooks at the helm. How Do You Know is neither meat nor fish: here and there there are moments that make for a smile and the dialogues are sometimes remarkably well written, but at the same time there are also a lot of tough moments. By that I mean that there are scenes in it that seem to be purely time-consuming and that also seem unable to achieve any intended effect. Even the supporting role of Jack Nicholson, who here also plays the last role of his career, is a bit pale. I found Owen Wilson downright annoying. The film is saved by the chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and the uneasy Paul Rudd. The two would have deserved a little more screen time together, but the moments when they share the screen, there seemed to be a small spark. All in all, it's fine to review this film, but both the director and cast have better work to their credit.


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