Do you know someone who has the right skills and attitude, yet underachieved a whole lot? Think of How Do You Know as the film version of that person.
With a top notch cast (Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson), the film underwhelms big time. I felt the movie didn't have a clear direction one-thirds into the story, and it doesn't help that the film's running time is almost two hours. In fairness, the first forty minutes was spent building up the story, but that is just one long runway.
Reese Witherspoon takes on a more neurotic-type of role as a washed up athlete, but I've never seen her so our of her game. She had little chemistry with her co-stars and I struggled to grasp what her character's motivations are. Perhaps, the film wants us to be as confused as the lead character in her quandaries.
After watching How Do You Know, I only had a little idea what the film was really about. Yes, it's a rom-com, but the its short on mush and high on WTH. I reckon even Reese Witherspoon fans will cheer hher on in this underachieving film.