DVD: How Do You Know (12)

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What have they done to Reese Witherspoon? What's happened to the smart, sassy star of Election and Best Laid Plans?

She is plain awful in this laugh-free romcom. She plays Lisa, a driven, uptight softball player whose playing time is up. Reese, bafflingly, seems to be mimicking Frances McDormand. Why? Who knows. Who cares? Her two suitors are Owen Wilson's hollow baseball star, and Paul Rudd's sensitive (Rudd always plays sensitive) financial exec. Who do you reckon Lisa picks? Jack Nicholson is also wasted here as a corporate drone, but you feel most sorry for Wilson, who wrote the exquisite Rushmore. His weary, sad eyes say it all. Avoid.