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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
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Oct 27, 2009 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Mark Waters

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey
Jennifer Garner
Michael Douglas

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A playboy photographer is met with a startling vision of his womanizing past, present and lonely future on the eve of his brothers wedding.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Perhaps I jinxed myself when I was on the JoBlo Movie Podcast a few weeks back and sanctimoniously declared, My biggest fear as a DVD reviewer is to get a Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy. Karmas a bitch.

Its not that I dont like McConaughey. The dude was great in FRAILTY and DAZED AND CONFUSED and Im sure if I had to hang out and have a beer with a movie star, hed be a damn fun choice. But his rom-coms are so disingenuous and awful, yet appealing to the opposite sex, that you cant help but resent them more and more with every repeated, forced viewing. And with GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST you can substitute Jennifer Garner for Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker or Jennifer Lopez, slightly tweak the gimmicky premise, and adjust the amount of time McConaughey spends shirtless and you have pretty much the same bad movie.

Writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore penned one of the years funnier movies, THE HANGOVER, but the pair is also responsible for FOUR CHRISTMASES and Martin Lawrences REBOUND. Based on how horribly predictable and generic this retread of A Christmas Carol is, my guess is the rumors of Todd Phillips doing a sizable rewrite on HANGOVER are probably true. The only thing that doesnt actively induce eye-rolling in GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST is Michael Douglas as a wise guru of getting strange ass. Douglas continues his recent hot streak here and obviously has a lot of fun playing his version of famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans. The rest of the supporting cast is more standard and blah, including a grown up Lacey Chabert, black hole of suck Breckin Meyer and a wasted Robert Forster. Jennifer Garner handles the clich romantic interest and dramatic portions of the movie just fine, but she seems a little out of her element comedically. Her tone and chemistry just feels like it belongs in a movie other than a light romantic comedy.

And like the circle of life, that brings us back to Matthew McConaughey. He plays a pretty good douchebag at the beginning of the movie, enough to be somewhat entertaining. But as you can guess, that doesnt last too long as soon as the actual plot kicks in. Soon hes learning lessons, finding love, and acting like a crazed fool in love. I almost turned the film off when it started raining lady tears on our hero from all the women he wronged. In fact, the final Scrooge-like redemption scene happens way too fast and doesnt make a whole lot of sense. (Of course I could just be saying that since it features Breckin Meyer in old age make up.)

Generic romantic comedy stuff? Yes. Worth watching, even by force of the opposite sex? No. (Though it does teach a valuable lesson in the evil that is spooning.)
THE EXTRAS
Not many special features and pretty much all fluff.

The Legends, The Lessons and The Ladies: Matthew McConaughey and Michael Douglas talk about their characters and what its like to be a ladies man, while the cast talks about them.

Its All About Connor: The female cast members, including Jennifer Garner, Lacy Chabert, Emma Stone (and Breckin Meyer?!) brag about how great McConaughey is.

Behind The Scenes: Pretty much a recap of the entire movie with a few interviews from cast and crew peppered throughout.

Additional Scenes: Ten minutes total and worth ignoring, including an original opening, and a couple small extensions of the bitchy bridesmaids and Michael Douglas scenes.

Some BD-Live exclusive features and a Digital Copy of the movie are also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
You know exactly what youre getting with this generic Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy. Being forced by a significant other is probably the only decent reason to ever bother with it.

Extra Tidbit: The actress that plays young Jennifer Garner in this movie also played young Jennifer Garner in 13 GOING ON 30.
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