What the hell happened to James L. Brooks? The man’s oeuvre, on TV and film, is filled with classics. Forgive the vitriol, but when Brooks is on, he’s the king of broadly appealing human comedy, able to deftly combine witty dialogue and painfully recognizable moments of embarrassment with genuine pathos. No one is better at doing comedy about failure, which is why How Do You Know is so frustrating—it somehow fails at failing.

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