Self-help book as a movie?

5 02 2010

May 5th, 2008 I read a great book called He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.  It was a humorus self-help book written by two of the writers off of Sex and the City

Now I don’t normally read self help books, but this was loaned to me by a co-worker with the words, “You really need to read this”.  I decided that it couldn’t hurt anything, and the chapters had interesting titles.  “He’s Just Not That Into You if He’s Not Calling You…Having Sex With You…Having Sex With Someone Else…Only Wants to See You When He’s Drunk…Doesn’t Want to Marry You…Married…etc. 

Basically the books is about how women are always making excuses about how men are acting.  They hear stories about a friend’s sister’s hairdresser and her man who was a total flake that finally woke up and manned up.  Women need to quit thinking that this is the rule.  It’s not the rule, it is the exception to the rule. 

Now tonight I watched the movie He’s Just Not That Into You.  It was based off of the book, but where the book was all about women learning that they were the rule and not the exception to the rule they learn instead that they are the exception.  What the…?  A great cast of characters all played around at being the stereotypes from the book and pretty much everyone lived happily ever after.  The girl who obsessed over guys and her guy friend who tried to set her straight ended up together after he turned as obsessive as a female then they lived happily ever after.  The man who didn’t want to get married proposed to his girlfriend of 7 years.  The young singer left a perfectly good man to try to get with the married guy (who really did throw away his marriage). 

To sum it up: I’m disappointed.  A book that had such a great message was reduced to Hollywood drivel. 

Women, we are the rule.  If a guy is acting like a douche, he is a douche.  There are no exceptions.  We need to pretend that those stories about how some guy changed are just more tales of Prince Charming and pure crap.  Don’t fall for it. 

We should also forgo watching movies based on self-help books in the future.




One response

5 02 2010

I just liked the concept that they did make a movie from a self-help book. It wasn’t a bad concept. Yes, i agree with you on the prince charming thing and what-not.

I didn’t really mind the movie. I kind of liked it in a way. It was just different way of putting things to me. They could have done without some stuff but out of 5 stars it was a 2 in my book anyhow. Never did read the book. Don’t read to many self-help books myself.

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