The title question posed by the fumbled romantic comedy How Do You Know is open to more readings than writer-director James L. Brooks probably had in mind. The simplest interpretation is, how do you know when you're really in love? That's the dilemma faced by Lisa (Reese Witherspoon), a 31-year-old professional athlete at the end of her softball career, who bounces between two men. Should this compact, upbeat go-getter give her heart to Matty (Owen Wilson), a rich and famous major league baseball player whose vanity is offset by his sunny guilelessness and who offers great sex and good times? Or is she better off with George (Paul Rudd), a sweet but anxious businessguy who, as the naïve target of a federal investigation into business shenanigans, is watching his life fall apart? Consider the character types, consider the familiar personas of the actors who play them — Wilson the loopy blond operator, Rudd the cute brunet everyshlub — and you've got your answer even before you buy a ticket.
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