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PUBLISHED: 13:54 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

SINGLETONS across the country, take heart. You may have been all alone on Valentine s Day but Hollywood is here to help with this convoluted, lukewarm romcom. Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is getting desperate, so desperate in fact that she is scaring away any

SINGLETONS across the country, take heart. You may have been all alone on Valentine's Day but Hollywood is here to help with this convoluted, lukewarm romcom.

Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is getting desperate, so desperate in fact that she is scaring away any would-be suitors with her over-enthusiasm. After being given the flick by Conor (Kevin Connolly), she turns to his bar manager friend Alex (Justin Long), who starts to give her advice on how to interpret her dates.

Gigi's sister Janine (Jennifer Connelly), meanwhile, is having relationship problems of her own. Her husband, Ben (Bradley Cooper), is having an affair with a yoga instructor, Anna (Scarlett Johansson). Complicating things further is Gigi and Janine's co-worker Beth (Jennifer Aniston), who longs for her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck) to propose to her. Rounding out the picture is Anna's friend Mary (Drew Barrymore), who dispenses romantic advice to Anna while looking for a lover online.

The film is based on a dating book of the same name and split into separate chapters, with rather irritating headings such as "If He's Not Calling You" or "If He's Not Marrying You". At times it can feel like you have somehow intruded on the secret dreams of Oprah Winfrey's smug, moustachioed self-help 'guru' Dr Phil as cliché after cliché are mercilessly rolled out.

Save for a couple of halfway decent gags, it is largely thanks to the efforts of the perky cast that the whole thing has any charm whatsoever. To paraphrase the somewhat irksome title, the film isn't awful, it's just not that good.

He's Just Not That into You is out in cinemas now.

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