How Do You Know

Synopsis: Star softball player, Lisa, has just been cut from the national team; Scholarly business man, George, has just been indicted from his father's company. With everything that they know in their lives taken from them, Lisa and George attempt to find romance. Lisa's potential boyfriend, Matty, however, is as clueless and perpetually single as they come, and George's girlfriend just dumped him. A chance hook-up through mutual friends, Lisa and George may be able to form a friendship, or more, that can help them climb out of the piles of lemons that life has handed to them.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): James L. Brooks
Production: Columbia Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

- Run for it!

- Come on, Lisa! Go, go, go!

Go for second!

It's gonna be close.

Yeah, Lisa!

United States wins gold!

You did it!

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

Yeah, Lisa!

So basically we're down to

three choices for the last slot.

Lisa's here to see you.

I'm glad you're meeting with her...

...because when it comes to this girl,

the intangibles are everything.

She's been the heartbeat

of this program.

Just let me think for a second.

She did the Olympics and

two championships without an error.

- She practices, what?

- Three hours every day.

She makes everyone better. Coach?

I have the benefit of being new here.

Lisa is 31.

She's 0.3 seconds slower

moving towards first.

I'm tired of justifying myself because

you're hung up on her as a role model.

Nobody's gonna change his mind.

It's over.

- What's that?

- It's your call.

Hooray! Thank you. Thank you.

At least let her know today.

She'll have to redirect her life.

Everyone finds out when

I post it online. No exceptions.

Because we field women athletes...

...doesn't mean we get girly

when someone's time is up.

Holy crap.

I beg your pardon?

I'm sorry.

Oh, my Lord.

What is to become of me?

I've lost my ability

to smile at bastards.

Still got it.

Can we...?

- I can't see her. Tell her I'm too busy.

- How's it going?

Three, three, three!

Let's go, people!

- Faster!

- Good stretch, Smalls!

- Go, baby! Attaway!

- Right here!


- Hey, whose phone?

- Al right, look up.

Oh, man.

- Smalls, are you okay?

- Yeah.

This better be worth it.

- You gotta watch out.

- Yeah.

- Hello?

- Hi.

This is George Madison.

I think you might know that Riva

gave me your phone number.


She thought it might be a good idea

if we had dinner.

I'll call her.

When did you have in mind?

No, I wasn't calling to set a time.

She didn't know that

I was seeing someone.

Well, she didn't know

that it had escalated a bit.

At least on my part.

It just added up for me suddenly.

So you're calling me to break up?

- You can't just walk in there.

- No, I just didn't think....

George Madison.

I'm sorry. I got distracted.

What was I saying?

You were saying

you just didn't think.

Right, right. Thank you.

- Thank you.

- Welcome.

Thank you for holding.

I just didn't think it was right

not to phone you...

...once I took your number, in case you

had talked and were expecting my call.

Okay. Well, it was nice of you to call,

in a way, I guess.


Sorry for interrupting your day.

- Yeah.

- Goodbye.


Weirdo. I'm gonna kill Riva. Let's go.

All right, ladies, let's go!

Oh, my God.

- So you gave my number to a guy?

- Yeah.

I hardly know him, but he went

to business school with my brother.

So why did you give him

my number?

You don't remember

Wednesday night?

You said you had never dated

a non-athlete.

"I should date a non-athlete,

right, Riva?"

That's what you said.

Don't listen to me when

I'm drinking Guinness.

It's the only time you really say stuff.

I hope that's not true.

This exercise is for next time, okay?

Thank you.


Didn't I say I was crashing

on my book?

Yeah, you did. I'm not gonna stay.

Maybe that's better for tonight.

Look, if you're concerned about us

now that we've intensified...

...we're okay. I am busy... I can't demonstrate to you

we're okay in the little ways... paying attention to you...

...but if you could take my word for it

until work lets up, that would help me.

And us.

I think I like that word better.


T-- Today I....

It was nice just to see your face

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James L. Brooks

James Lawrence "Jim" Brooks is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. more…

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