How Do You Know

Theatrical Release: December 17, 2010
How Do You Know
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Synopsis

Lisa’s athletic ability is the defining passion of her life, having been her focus since early childhood. When she is cut from her team, everything she has ever known is suddenly taken from her. George is a straight-arrow businessman who is accused of a financial crime, even though he’s done nothing wrong. Although he may be headed to jail, George’s honesty, integrity, and unceasing optimism may be his only path to keeping his sanity. George and Lisa meet on the worst day of each of their lives: she has just been cut, and he has just been served. When everything else seems to be falling apart, they will discover what it means to have something wonderful happen.

Dove Review

A romantic story with a triangle is the main premise of this film. George (Paul Rudd) meets Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) on the worst day of each of their lives. George’s business is being investigated for illegal procedures and George’s reputation is on the line as well as his relationship with his father, played by the irrepressible Jack Nicholson. Lisa has just learned she did not make the final cut of the National Softball team and she is crushed. They somehow, in an unusual way, make each other feel better and soon it becomes obvious that Lisa will have to make a choice between two men, millionaire MLB pitcher Matty (Owen Wilson) whose sense of humor has charmed her, or George, whose off-the-wall candor and devotion to her and belief in her might be what she needs more than anything. In one scene, after George admits he’s currently unemployed and his business is being investigated in addition to having just broken up with his girlfriend, Lisa says, “You’re a real chick magnet, aren’t you?”

Despite some humorous moments in the movie, the content of the film includes very strong language and sex between an unmarried couple and we therefore cannot award our Dove Seal to the movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Sex between an unmarried couple; the sounds of a couple having sex; a man has his hand on a woman's breast at a party as they are making out and when his friend removes it the woman angrily places it back; a woman is pregnant from her boyfriend but he does propose to her in the course of the film.
Language: A lot of language including the F word and the Lord's name is taken in vain several times.
Violence: A man is almost hit by a car.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes; a couple of characters get drunk; a comment that one should not drink to feel better but only to feel even better.
Nudity: Cleavage; a shirtless man.
Other: A man is hoping an innocent man will take the blame for a crime he committed.

Info

Company: Unknown
Director: James L. Brooks
Producer: Julie Ansell
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 116 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter