Friday, July 11, 2008

Definitely, Maybe

DVD review from The Movie Snob

Definitely, Maybe (B-). It's tough to come up with an original plot for a romantic comedy, but this one makes a game run at it. Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds, Just Friends) is a thirtysomething guy in NYC. He's going through a divorce, and one day its his turn to pick up his 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) from school. The school is in pandemonium because parents have just found out that their kids have just been taught some pretty graphic stuff in sex-ed. (A big minus is how much sexual dialogue they foist on cute little Abigail.) Anyway, when Will puts Maya to bed that night, she wants to know how Will and her mom met, so maybe they can see what went wrong and fix it. So the bulk of the movie is a flashback as Will tells Maya about the three serious girlfriends he had in his single days, and she has to guess which one eventually became her mom. There's his college sweetheart Emily (Elizabeth Banks, The 40-Year Old Virgin), the quirky April (Isla Fisher, Wedding Crashers) that Will meets while working for the Bill Clinton campaign, and the free-spirited journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz, The Mummy). It's not a bad flick, and it's a hoot to see true-believer Will have to deal with Bill Clinton's foibles as they come to light in his flashbacks over the years.


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