Sunday, February 17, 2008

REVIEW: Definitely, Maybe

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Definitely, Maybe

Directed and Written by:
Adam Brooks (Wimbledon - writer)

Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher

What's it about?
An ex-political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter. (

I'm a big girl. That's right...tissues, makeup, that sad longing look at a shoe store window. That's me. Of course there is the other side, the Star Wars loving, action movie watching tomboy with bare feet and bad eating habits. In the case of a
Ryan Reynolds Romantic Feature...I'm truly the former. Not that you have to be 'girly' to appreciate these types of films, but it sure helps.

In this particular so-called 'Rom-Com' Ryan Reynolds plays ultra attractive and suave Dad to Abigail Breslin's almost too grown up 11 year old daughter. She begs him to tell the story of how he met her mother, and he does so without revealing which character she is. The chemistry between these two leads is evident as they try to help each other work out which pieces of the story have what meaning if any. They are so comfortable together it is easy to picture them as father and daughter, even with Reynold's pretty-boy good looks.

Definitely, Maybe isn't that big with the laughs and even the romance seems a touch toned down. Perhaps this is a bit strange for a romantic comedy, yet the dramatic overtones and romantic swashes lend the whole thing a "normal guy" feel. No romance is straight forward and without heartache, as any of us who've dated know intimately. While elements of this story do border on ridiculous (hey it's a movie), many of the events in Will Hayes (Reynolds) life are realistic.

The best part of this film is that it wasn't totally focused on the romances, but rather their effects and how they wove into other parts of the title character's life. Sure you'll have a few cliche moments or "payoffs" but what kind of romcom would it be without those???

I think Definitely, Maybe had class and substance above many of these types of movies that get churned out each year with the same predictable story and even more predictable ending. I thought Ryan Reynolds has really shown he can add maturity to his roles and that he isn't just the goofball sidekick. Abigail Breslin is maturing into a beautiful actress and I hope she doesn't disappear like the multitude of other child actors that have come and gone. She truly is a charming child. The other supports were all well cast but I was sad to see peppy Elizabeth Banks turned into a boring conservative. I'm also hoping that Weisz didn't choose this bit part over The Mummy 3, for her sake.

Definitely, Maybe was definitely worth the price of admission...maybe. (sorry I couldn't resist)

3 1/2 Mystery Stars!

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