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"How Do You Know" Trailer a Wee Bland



    The trailer for "How Do You Know," the latest romcom from TV legend James L. Brooks, has arrived and frankly there's not a lot of meat in that sandwich.

    Reese Witherspoon is a professional softball player -- though you wouldn't know it from the trailer, Owen Wilson a pitcher for the Washington Nationals and Paul Rudd is a failing businessman facing a possible indictment. And of course, as in most of Brooks' films, Jack Nicholson is in the mix, as Rudd's father.

    If you somehow haven't guessed yet, they're the three corners of a love triangle with Witherspoon engaged in some serious self-doubt and navel gazing. Would you believe that she comes to realize that ... no, wait, we don't want to ruin it for you.

    In addition to being one of the greatest forces in television history, having helped create "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Simpsons" and "Taxi," Brooks has won three Oscars and earned eight nominations during his intermittent film-making career.

    "How Do You Know" marks his first film since the disappointing "Spanglish," starring Adam Sandler, and it doesn't appear to represent a great improvement. But the man is a legend and deserves our respect, so we're hoping we're dead wrong about this one.

    "How Do You Know" arrives Dec. 17.