Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

2009-07-10 12:06
 
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

What it's about:

Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother Paul (Breckin Meyer), and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding - including Connor's childhood friend Jenny (Jennifer Garner), the one woman in his life who has always seemed immune to his considerable charm. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing odyssey through his failed relationships - past, present and future.

What we thought of it:

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is based solely on the premise that its audience will be sympathetic to the lecherous ways of Matthew McConaughey's Connor Mead. Yes Mead, just like Mode magazine boss Daniel Mead in Ugly Betty.

McConaughey is at his least charming self and fails to garner (Garner, geddit?) the desired response a romantic lead should, and you find yourself not wanting his prurient hands all over the wholesome Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner). He was more bearable and ruggedly appealing in his previous romcoms (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, The Wedding Planner) but he seems to have lost his mojo. 

The best bits begin and end with the ravishing Garner, as she injects a confident and breezy comedy into a very ordinary film. There are funny moments involving a cake, annoying moments involving a cake, and a tart in the form of Michael Douglas. The 64-year-old plays Connor's deceased uncle and mentor, back from the dark side to warn Connor about his womanising ways.

Breckin Meyer is the anal younger brother, Paul, who is smaller, smarter and in love with a loony tune. Don't expect much comedy here, Meyer's comedic talents are sadly wasted and underused. Party of Five alumni Lacey Chabert cuts a shrieking figure as Paul's wife-to-be Sandra and really strains for the funny only to fall flat on her face.
 
As Connor gets his retribution for a life ill-lived, he corrects all his wrongs with one swooping right and it all comes to a predictably happy halt. Some romances are worth watching again and again even though you know the ending, and some, like this one, just aren't.


Matthew McConaughey loses his mojo (and his mind) in this lightweight romantic comedy take on A Christmas Carol.

Karen 2009/05/18 10:45 AM
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I thought it was Awesome.
MBParker 2009/05/18 3:53 PM
The movie was excellent! I really enjoyed it.
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