Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
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Matthew McConaughey stars with Jennifer Garner in this romantic comedyabout committed bachelor who gets a wake-up call from his late ,legendary, hard-partying Uncle Wayne and his own Ghosts of GirlfriendsPast.Connor Mead (McConaughey--We Are Marshall) loves loves freedom, funand women ... in that order. But on the eve of his brother's wedding,with a houseful of well-wishers, wedding guests and Connor's childhoodfriend, Jenny (Garner--This Side of the Truth), the one woman who hasalways seemed immune his charm, Connor is haunted by his Uncle Wayne(Michael Douglas--The In-Laws) with an urgent message delivered by theghosts of Connor's jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing andhilarious journey through a lifetime of failed relationships.]]>
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In a take-off of the Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, the ghosts of past girlfriends and other voluntary spirits, attempt to help a cold-hearted womanizer bring back the sensitivity and love in his life.
We begin the plot with the much sought-after bachelor ladies' man, in-demand schmoozer, professional photographer Conner (McConahey). He loves all the ladies, every one he can get into, so to speak. As we watch love 'em and leave 'em Conner break the ladies' hearts, we begin to think of him as a loveable schmuck. Even though we want to slap him, there is something about him. We follow him to his brother's wedding at the country home he grew up, in a castle-sized estate. We find out that his parents died young, leaving 7 year old Conner to help raise his 2 year old brother. Both were raised by Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) at the mansion.
Young Conner grew up with young Jennie (Jennifer Garner). They seemed to be best friends but fell short on the boyfriend/girlfriend end of the stick when they got into their teens. Conner seemed afraid of being hurt and, under the expert tutilage of Uncle Wayne, turned into a ladies man.
Showing up at the wedding and voicing his extreme cynicism about love and marriage, Conner offends everyone. He is soon visited by the now deceased Uncle Wayne who tells him to mend his evil ways. To help Conner out, Wayne warns him of upcoming visits from 3 spirits, just like Jacob Marley and Ebineezer Scrooge.
And so it begins. As I said, it is often laugh-out-loud funny, coupled with sincerety and love. There were times I found a tear or two in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and would certainly want to see it again. It's a feel-good movie and enjoyable to watch the sincerity and love return to this man's life.
I love Matthew McConaughey in pretty much everything he's ever been in. He's a good actor, but I really didn't buy him as a charmer in this movie. I really couldn't see why the women were falling for him. He wasn't even slightly charming or likable. He was just a jerk. It made me feel like the writers of this movie thought all women were just idiots ready to fall into bed with anyone.
Jennifer Garner is another of my faves in other movies. She wasn't bad in this one, but it wasn't enough to save the movie.
One thing I did like about this movie was Lacey Chabert. She was very believable as the nervous bride to be. She was freaking out about every detail as many brides do and was a wreck. She gave us some comedic moments and was cute as a button.
I'm glad I only rented this movie from Netflix, so I'm only out an hour adn 40 minutes of my life rather than $20. If you really feel the need to see this movie, rent it before buying it.
This movie makes everyone in it look like a piece of crap (even the bride's mother who #1 doesn't take the slightest offense at MM grabbing and fondling her breasts at the wedding rehearsal--wish I could get away with that!--and #2 in blithely discussing everyone's sexual adventures with each other refers to the potential of having sex with MM as a "I could have worse" scenario). This is supposed to be a romantic comedy? It's insulting is what it is.
Unfortunately for us we like look at good looking people even if they're doing bad things.
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