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Director: Adam Brooks
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Kline, Derek Luke
Writer/director, Adam Brooks has cleverly combined romantic comedy with a bit of light mystery to come up with a pretty good story, that holds the viewer’s interest, but could have been punched up with some more jokes. The acting is solid by the entire cast, including pretty boy, Ryan Reynolds who may just turn into a bankable lead, yet. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) is excellent once again, though the light script didn’t give her much of a challenge.
Ryan Reynolds is Will Hayes, a divorced ad executive, who goes to pick up his eleven year old daughter, Maya from school, only to find that a sex education class has made her inordinately curious about her father’s dating past and his relationship with her mother. Will eventually agrees to tell her the story of his three great loves, but on the condition that he change their names and not tell Maya which one would actually become her mother. Thus, we are launched into flashbacks of Will’s romantic past which includes his college sweetheart, Emily (Elizabeth Banks), a quirky copy girl named April (Isla Fisher), and a free spirited writer named Summer (Rachel Weisz). The whole thing is light romance that builds to a contrived, but satisfying, finish.
Definitely Maybe is a pleasant, well-made chick flick that will serve as two hours of refreshing entertainment, but will likely not be remembered by the time you see another film. When making a film like this, I think the rule to go by is ‘make us laugh, or make us cry’. “Definitely Maybe” doesn’t do either.