Definitely Maybe (Full Screen)
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From the makers of Notting Hill and Love Actually comes the charming and irresistibly funny romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe. When Will (Ryan Reynolds) decides to tell his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met her mother, he discovers that a second look at the past might also give him a second chance at the future. Co-starring Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher, it's the heartwarming story that makes you realize it's definitely never too late to go back…and maybe find a happy ending.
A romantic comedy that begins with a discussion about sex education and ends with a bit of an unexpected twist, Definitely, Maybe focuses on an engaging father and his 10-year-old daughter. She is curious about the women her dad loved prior to marrying (and separating from) her mother. Instead of telling her, "None of your business," he decides to tell her about them... Sort of. Will is played by Ryan Reynolds and his precocious daughter Maya is adroitly portrayed by Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). Will figures out a way to tell Maya about his most meaningful relationships in a PG manner that also is interactive for her (Or as she describes it, "a love story mystery!"). Changing a few of their characteristics and disguising their names, Will tells her about three exceptional women and Maya tries to deduce which one became her mom. Was it Emily (Elizabeth Banks), the wholesome Midwestern girl afraid of the big city; Summer (Rachel Weisz), the exotic journalist; or April (Isla Fisher), the rebel with a cause? Hearing about all these women, Maya asks, "What's the boy word for slut?" Spanning 15 years, back to when Will was an idealistic young man with the hopes of one day becoming president of the United States, the film has a nice light touch and deals with father-daughter bonding issues in a unique, if not completely realistic manner. Reynolds is a genial but bland leading man, but the women--including young Breslin--more than hold their own in this fun film. --Jae-Ha Kim
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This is not your typical romance story by a long shot. The boy doesn't get the girl and the girl doesn't get the boy--at least not yet. It isn't even your typical fairytale formula and I like that. I'm a big fan of fairytale endings. I like to see the good guys win and since life is already complicated and messy and happy endings don't always prevail, I kind of like to see them in my movies--it's a great escape! But you won't get that here. What you'll get is a bit of realism. In fact, there were moments when I thought I just might be watching a documentary play out.
Maya, an 10 year old child, is given a rather explicit sex education course at school and it has left her with a multitude of questions, including how her newly divorced parents could have ever been in love in the first place. In the past, whenever she'd bring up subjects here father didn't want to deal with he'd say, "It's complicated" then promise to fill her in on the details, at a later date. But Maya is tired of hearing "it's complicated" and needs answers, now.
Maybe it's the fact that he's just signed his divorce papers, or perhaps it's his need to undo the damage done during her sex education class (one in which he knew absolutely nothing about) but Will decides to cave. However, instead of simply giving his daughter the fairytale she'd been hoping for, Will decides to give her a story that is, by all accounts, complicated. For you see, Will has not had one true love in his lifetime, but three. And the three have not only left him broken-hearted but left him questioning love altogether.
To make the story more interesting, and to get his daughter thinking for herself, Will changes the names of two of the girls--one being Maya's mother--though he tells her that all three names have been changed. In true mystery fashion, Maya must pay attention to the subtle clues given within the story if she wants to figure out which girl (or woman) is her mother.
But something surprising happens as the story unfolds, Maya's innocent insight into the relationships helps Will discover why his marriage failed and where true love lies.
Definitely, Maybe was billed as a romantic comedy but I disagree. While there were moments of laughter and it was more light-hearted than necessary, it definitely wasn't a romantic comedy in my book. As for those moments of laughter, the best lines come from Maya. They alone are worth a second viewing in my book!
I rented this thinking it was just going to be another romantic comedy like every other one I had seen in the past... I was wrong.
I love this movie, it has so much drama and so much character and plenty of sharp witted jokes that Ryan Reynolds plays off so well.
This movie some moments that are unexpected as well and the ending wasn't what I expected either BUT I LOVED THE ENDING
I rented this movie on amazon... But I will be changing that "Rent" status to "OWN"... my movie collection is limited to about 2 shelves and only contains movies that I love and movies that bring real emotions out of me besides just laughing and I will be happy to put it on my shelf.
ryan reynolds is at his best as an idealistic college grad who moves to new york to work for bill clinton during his first presidential campaign. there he meets 3 women who will have significant impact on his life. abigail breslin is ideal as his daughter who doesn't understand that love and relationships are complicated and divorce is never simple.
who the mother is is less significant than would be expeted and the ending is both surprising and optimistic about life and love.
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