The movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” came out on DVD on June 2, 2009, and I finally got around to renting it. If you like “Love Actually”, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this movie, too, because it features vignettes of love stories and intertwined characters. However, unlike “Love Actually” which has a whole cast of great English actors, “He’s Just Not That Into You” has a whole cast of American actors, including Justin Long (the Mac commercial guy), Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, and Bradley Cooper (the guy from Alias who was Jennifer Garner’s friend).
The movie explores relationship issues, such as trust, dating do’s and don’ts, commitment, marriage, and even how technology affects dating (Drew Barrymore gives a great monologue about it).
After you watch the movie on the DVD, watch the deleted scenes. There are a couple of scenes where Scarlett’s character confides in her mom about two guys, one that she’s not that into (because he’s too clingy and needy), and another to whom she’s really attracted to, but married (Brad Cooper’s character). Her mom also longs for all the famous musicians she knew, but mentions that life with Scarlett’s dad was real, whereas being with any of those famous musicians is a dream. For Scarlett, going after a married man is a dream. That’s when I drew a parallel with Hikaru Ichijo’s choice in Macross: Hikaru chooses Misa because she’s more like him (they’re both in the military), she’s more mature, and she proved she can make a good home (remember the scene on the Protoculture city where Hikaru and Misa pretended to be enjoying a meal?). On the other hand, being with Minmay is a dream. She’s a pop star with many fans, but she doesn’t have time for staying at home because of her packed schedule. Minmay is selfish (remember what she told Hikaru when the SDF-1’s entire crew’s lives were at stake, and all Minmay wanted was to be alone with Hikaru), and somewhat immature.
If you were Hikaru and you had to choose between Minmay and Misa, who would you choose, and why?