How Do You Know

How Do You Know

James L Brooks (2010)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director James L Brooks (As Good as It Gets) has assembled an impressive cast for this romantic comedy drama - Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson and Owen Wilson - but sadly this tantalising line-up doesn't deliver. Witherspoon plays a professional softball player whose career has come to an end just as she's struggling to coax dyed-in-the-wool bachelor Wilson into a steady relationship. The third ingredient of this burgeoning love triangle is Rudd, who works for his father (Nicholson) and is made a scapegoat for financial irregularities at the company. Wilson does have some very funny moments as a self-aware commitment-phobe, but Nicholson is on autopilot, and Brooks doesn't give the characters the full three dimensions to complement the script's undeniably witty lines. And like his last film, Spanglish, an excess of subplots kills the pace. As a result, it's difficult to engage with the characters' efforts at soul-searching.


A softball player finds herself facing an uncertain future when she is dropped from the national team. She begins a relationship with a self-centred baseball star, but is drawn towards an honest businessman who has become falsely embroiled in a case of corporate crime. Romantic comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.

Cast & Crew

Lisa Reese Witherspoon
George Paul Rudd
Matty Owen Wilson
Charles Jack Nicholson
Annie Kathryn Hahn
Ron Mark Linn-Baker
Al Lenny Venito
Coach Sally Molly Price
Director James L Brooks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Jan 2011
Drama Comedy