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Saturday, August 29, 2009

SNMR 7.3: "Definitely, Maybe"


Maya Hayes (Abigail Breslin) is not happy that her parents are getting divorced. She wants her father, Will (Ryan Reynolds) to tell her the story of how he met her mother. He keeps resisting, saying it's too complicated. Finally he relents but tells her that he's going to change the names and some of the facts and see if she can't figure out who her mother is. There are three choices: Emily (Elizabeth Banks), Summer Hartley (Rachel Weisz) and April Hoffman (Isla Fisher). Who is it? I'm not going to tell you.

This is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen recently. The cast is absolutely wonderful. Ryan Reynolds has come a long way since the semi successful television series "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" which ran from 1998-2001, and is actually a fine actor. Abigail Breslin, even at such a young age, gets it. It's going to be fun watching her grow up through the movies she does. Lets just hope she doesn't become one of those child actor turned tragedy stories. I compare her now to a very young Drew Barrymore, who also 'got it' at a very young age.

As for the three actresses who form the core of the story, they are so different yet mesh well together. I'm really not familiar with Elizabeth Banks and don't recall noticing her in movies I've seen, but she has been in some, like the "Spider-Man" films. Rachel Weisz is usually pretty good in her movies, notably "The Runaway Jury" and two of "The Mummy" films. Isla Fisher is absolutely adorable in this film. Makes me want to rent "Confessions of a Shopaholic." Too bad she's engaged to such a putz. Kevin Kline is superb as the alcoholic voice of moral conscience Hampton Roth.

The script is well written and ably directed by Adam Brooks and has a good pace to it. The run time of 112 minutes is perfect. Not too short, so we don't feel like we're missing out on anything, nor too long so we don't get bored.

The DVD has some short but informative extras.

If romantic comedies is your thing, then I think you'll like this one. I can definitely, maybe see adding this DVD to my collection at some point. (And indeed I now have done just that.)

****½ out of *****

Definitely, Maybe (2008, PG-13, 112 minutes) starrng Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks and Kevin Kline. The film was written and directed by Adam Brooks.



At 01 September, 2009 00:10, Blogger Kelly's Ideas said...

I enjoyed the movie too. Looking forward to more reviews..


At 01 September, 2009 08:56, Blogger green said...

KI: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. New commenters are always welcome and appreciated.

If you want more reviews, this column is weekly and now has over 180 reviews. Just check the sidebar and there you'll see index page links for all of my reviews, Each index page has links for 30 reviews I've done.

Also I have a separate movie review blog that I write with another blogger called "Scribe and Green on the BIG SCREEN" where we've reviewed over 60 more movies. You can also find this link on the sidebar.

At 02 September, 2009 07:44, Blogger Stephanie Faris said...

I enjoyed that one...especially the concept of seeing how one man interacts differently with different women. It was sort of the inspiration for one of my books...The Four Month Man...about a man who can't get past month four in a relationship.

At 02 September, 2009 11:39, Blogger green said...


yes, I though his interaction with the three women was an interesting look at relationships over time and who one is attracted to.

At 12 September, 2009 20:24, Blogger green said...

I actually now have seen "Confessions of a Shopaholic" - my library had it as a three day rental. It will be an upcoming review right here in this column.


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