How Do You Know

How Do You Know
How Do You Know
  • PG-13
  • 2h 1m
  • 2010
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From legendary director/writer James L. Brooks comes a humorous and romantic look at the “How Do You Know” question. When everything she’s ever known is suddenly taken from her, Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) begins a fling with Matty (Owen Wilson), a major league baseball player and self-centered ladies man. Before their relationship takes off, Lisa meets up with George (Paul Rudd) a straight-arrow businessman facing his own serious issues, both with his father (Jack Nicholson) and the law. Just when everything seems to be falling apart it doesn't.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten32%
Critics Consensus: How Do You Know boasts a quartet of likeable leads -- and they deserve better than this glib, overlong misfire from writer/director James L. Brooks.
Reviews
Arizona Republic
Bill Goodykoontz
Fresh

Some of the bits are funny, every now and then they're sweet, the performances are OK and really,...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Philip French
Rotten

Though neither mindless nor insensitive, this interminable movie falls far short of Brooks's best...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

A fatuous and depressing parade of nothingness...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Complex romcom is sweet, if not a home run.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sweet (if not amazing) romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson centers on characters in the grip of identity crises -- a topic that may be a little too thorny for young teens to enjoy or really identify with. Nevertheless, it has an appealing message about allowing yourself to be flawed and confused and being kind to yourself so that you can figure out a way out of your dilemmas. There’s a bit of swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), some characters drink to excess, and there are a few fairly sexy scenes (implied sex, some moans and groans, discussion of playing the field, cleavage, etc.). The movie was initially rated R but received a PG-13 on appeal.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 17, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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