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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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Adorable as usual, Abigail Breslin plays his daughter, Maya, and as typical of other Breslin performances, her character is precocious, but lovable. The movie starts with Will picking her up at school where a ruckus ensues after some controversial sex-ed lessons have taken place. Although progressive, Will has difficultly hearing his daughter talk so explicitly about sex as they arrive home. Yet all this leads up to a discussion about her origins.
The rest of movie has Will telling her the story of how he met her mother. For her this is an important point about her indirectly stated desire to be loved and not thought as a fluke or an accident. Starting back from 1988 when as a student in Madison, WI he campaigned hard for Dukakis's victory for President and Vice President George H.W. Bush's defeat, he also marks his romantic journey. In Madison he falls in love with Emily (Elizabeth Banks) who shares his passion for the campaign and romance.
Ambition, however, delivers an unsteady hand as he fast-forwards to 1992 when Will sets his sites on New York City and his hopes on Bill Clinton. Starting at the bottom, he's known as "The T.P. Guy," at campaign headquarters, replenishing supplies and getting coffee and bagels. Experience, however, gets him to do more and soon he is calling for donations. It also gives him a chance to meet other women. April Hoffman (Isla Fisher) is the copy girl who is independent romantically as she is politically. Then, there's Summer Hartley (Rachel Weisz) who's romantically attached to Hampton Roth, a professor providing a spring-autumn live in relationship where Summer is closer to spring. In the mix are diaries and an intimate note in a copy of 'Jane Eyre' that try to bind all these romances together.
I found myself liking the characters in 'Definitely, Maybe'. I could also appreciate the real life importance of the proceedings. Just as we know it, Will is ready and available when his loved one isn't, and when he's on the mend, she isn't and vice versa. Ambiguity is well documented, and commitments are difficult to keep at best. The movie's not only bookmarked by exchanged books, but the music as well. R.E.M.'s "Stand" heralds 1988; "Come as You Are," pinpoints 1992 with Nirvana, etc. In love and politics, the players get what they put into it. Clinton and Lacredo aren't permanent or perfect and neither are the lovers in one`s everyday life. I enjoyed the characters, the humor, and the developments, but sometimes I thought 'Definitely, Maybe' was slight at times and could have delivered more. Well, did I like the movie? Maybe and maybe not...
a) We learn that the girl's mother slept with the father's best friend as well as with one of his other girlfriends, the latter also happens to be having an affair with a guy in his sixties (Kevin Kline in one of his most indifferent performances ever).
b) The girl learns, among other things, about threesomes & several applications of the word "sleuth", with the backdrop of the Clinton campaign and administration, complete with detailed Geniffer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky's references.
If this is your idea of warm & fuzzy, don't miss this DVD. Personally, I wish the trailer had shown the true nature of this piece of crap so I could have avoided it.
After his daughter Maya gets a wildly inappropriate and very detailed talk on sex education at school, Will Hayes (Reynolds) is forced to explain the facts of his relationship with her mother to Maya, and the bulk of this movie is told in flashback format, during the 1992 Clinton Presidential Campaign.
Performances are okay - nothing standout, good or bad - Kevin Kline phones in a caricatured, hammy turn as Hampton Roth, Rachel Weisz is reasonable, Reynolds is okay... ...but sadly, all the cast walk around as though completely removed from the heart of the story. Similarly, there's very little structure or strength to the first half of this movie - nothing happens we haven't seen before and no-one is particularly affected by the goings-on of the perfunctory plot.
Direction is similarly pedestrian, there's nothing exciting or charming or visually engaging about "Definitely Maybe", and nothing too awful, either... ...but really, what's the point of that? As polished and glossy and faux-reassuring as the actors and the production are, there's a horrible hollow feeling to this movie, which comes into its own when you realise that you're not being entertained - you're simply being led by the hand through an incredibly blasé script by an emotional gourd of a movie - it seems big on the outside, but there's actually nothing beneath.
It's not even a particularly good bit of escapist fluff - at its heart, "Definitely Maybe" is a half-baked and overblown soap opera - and only has enough real content for one forty-minute episode, at that. Not recommended at all, even for the romantic die-hards out there - go rent your favourite romantic movie instead: "Definitely Maybe" does nothing new, and at least with your favourite movies, you know you'll have fun.