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**FILM ONLY REVIEW**
Charles Dickens' novel, 'A Christmas Carol' is one of those literary works that has not only been adapted for screen several times, but because is such a powerful story about redemption that resonates with people, it has also been updated and given contemporary twists in productions such as: Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Scrooged and The Muppet's Christmas Carol, to name a few.
Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past adds itself to the long line of remakes or reimagining's of this classic tale, but rather than having the lead character learn the error of his ways about his cruelty and miserly conduct, we have a womaniser learning how to respect women through the aid of his deceased playboy uncle and 'ghost girlfriends'. Besides the main concept of three ghosts visiting someone to change their ways, the film doesn't share many similarities with its source material, mainly due to the fact it is a romantic comedy.
Matthew McConaughey plays Connor Meade (not Ebenezer Scrooge!) who has been a notorious flirt and playboy since his early teens, with such misogynist behaviour as breaking up with three girls at once, on a conference call. Despite his ungentlemen-like behaviour, he still has much luck with the ladies and finds himself in many romantic trysts. He goes to his brother's wedding rehearsal dinner and after insulting many of the guests, he finds himself visited by the ghost of his uncle (Michael Douglas) who was the inspiration behind his womanising ways. His uncle explains that if he continues down thus path that he will die alone and that three ghosts will visit him and help him change his ways.
I'd never watched a Matthew McConaughey film before but I had heard negative opinions of his 'acting skills'. Here he seemed entertaining enough, although he had a strange accent (almost Texan in places), which may have been his natural accent or a bizarre acting decision. Jennifer Garner was great as his female lead, managing to hold her own against him during his "chauvinist phase". I found the rest of the cast to be a bit bland, or in the case of Lacey Chabert who played the hysteric bride-to-be, slight annoying. Michael Douglas was a good choice for the cameo role as the deceased playboy uncle, since he has played roles of that type before in his earlier movies and became a little typecast as a man who lives life in excess.
The plot was predictable, considering it was using a well-worn template of a classic novel, but there was some entertaining moments, mostly pertaining to the flashbacks which the ghost of girlfriends past, played perfectly by a brace-wearing Emma Stone (my Hollywood crush) complete with frizzy hair. This was by far the funniest section of the film, mostly due to Emma's performance. She was quite over-the-top as the enthusiastic teenage first girlfriend and her banter with the grown-up Connor Mead was amusing.
Overall, this was a good film although it did suffer slightly due to the well-worn trail it was following. It is a double-edge sword doing a modern-day update for a classic tale, since you are inhibited by the structure of the previous tale, but at the same time you need to strike some originality in your own story to keep it relevant. While I think Ghosts of Girlfriends Past managed to strike a good balance between staying true to the themes behind 'A Christmas Carol' and having its own message, I could see the strings behind the 'puppets' sometimes and this would distract me from the actual storyline.
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The ghosts of girlfriends past
I was rather disappointed when I missed this when it was released in the cinema and since then I've been looking forward to seeing it, I was pleased when it finally arrived through our letterbox (care of the lovely lovefilm).
The structure of this film is easily and instantly recognisable as a very similar scenario to Charles Dickens famous 'A Christmas Carol'. Connor Mead (Matthew Mconaughey), a hugely popular and famous celebrity photographer is leading man and the alternative scrooge. Connor a committed bachelor and rampant womaniser who dates and breaks up with women on nothing more than a mere whim, while never getting involved with any one of them for more than his very short attention span, is soon to learn the lesson of his life. At Connor's brothers wedding he makes a bit of an unwelcome show and somehow he is in the middle of one disaster after another that is threatening to ruin his brother's wedding. That night he is visited by the ghost of girlfriends past in the form of an 80's teenager girl a literal blast from his past, then the ghost of girlfriends present and finally the ghost of girlfriends future. Together all the ghosts take him on a journey to have a hard look at his life and whether he has turned out to be the person he truly wants to be.
One of the reasons I was so eager to see this film as it has a pretty good cast for a romantic comedy including the very talented Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, but I don't think they give their best performances. I was also surprised to see Michael Douglas starring as Connor's womanising uncle, a role that he played perfectly with enough humour to make the character the most memorable of the whole film.
The film is a bit too predictable, which is a bit inevitable because it uses the structure of a Christmas carol, a story that I have been brought up with. Connor Mead doesn't believe that love exists and this is a nice romantic comedy that tries to show him the error of his ways. However, during the film it never really feels that Connor really learns his lesson, it all comes a bit too easy, while the morale of the Christmas carol is much more poignant than the lessons that this film has to offer the characters.
The running time is 1 hour 40 minutes, which is probably on the long side. There were a couple of occasions where I thought that the film dragged on a fraction too long. This is a pretty average film and as such deserves a pretty average three out of five stars. It does make for a nice afternoons entertainment, however, I don't think this is a film that I would watch more than once.
I wouldn't really recommend going out of your way to watch this, if it's on and you are in the mood then by all means sit back and enjoy. After looking forward to finally seeing this film I was a bit disappointed, it didn't really live up and deliver a film that was memorable. I sat through the whole thing but my husband went off to do the housework.
I'd never heard if this film before the weekend, but saw it was on after flicking through Sky's TV guide. I read the synopsis, saw it was a romantic comedy and sat down with the wife to watch it.
It starts off with a fairly common concept, Connor (played by rom com veteran Matthew McConaughey) is a ladies man, only ever after one thing, never committing to anyone and breaking hearts along that way. That is until he's invited to his brothers' wedding where he is visited by the ghosts of his girlfriends past present and future.
These ghosts show the major parts of Connor's life that have made him turn out the way he is. But will these visions be enough to see him change his lifestyle and get together with his childhood sweetheart?
I must admit, I did quite enjoy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, it was an enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes and there were a few twists and turns along the way, coupled with some funny scenes and romantic moments. Looking back through Connor's life enabled you to emphasise with the lead characters and you really do care if everything turns out well in the end or not. Although a but of a jerk, the lead character was well portrayed by Matthew McConaughey and it was nice to see the leading lady as a normal-looking person than one of the stunning girls that he'd been with before.
It's not the best romantic comedy ever made (that's 50 First Dates in my opinion), but it is very good and well worth watching.
The smooth Southern drawl of Matthew McConaughey has given the actor a number of juicy roles to get his teeth into. Add to that his chiselled good looks, and you have yourself the ideal man to play womanising glamour photographer Connor Mead in this modern take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Only this time, there's no Christmas, but Connor's kid brother is finally getting married.
The only thing is, it won't be so easy for Connor to get up to his old tricks at this occasion. He's throwing back the alcohol and annoying everyone in the wedding party. The girls are wise to his tricks and chief bridesmaid Jenny, has been on the receiving end of his selfish and hurtful womanising tendencies. The night before the wedding, Connor seems to be annoying everyone, and then, he encounters someone he hasn't seen in a long time, and the Dickensian tale starts to have an impact.
Dickens' A Christmas Carol focuses on the selfish money grabbing Ebeneezer Scrooge, and he is visited firstly by his old partner, and then three ghosts, one from the past, one from the present, and finally one from the future. Here, the same format starts to happen, and the modern take on it is quite enjoyable. Instead of any old ghost, he gets women from these three different times instead, and I found that the comic effect of this modern take was very enjoyable.
That having been said, there's actually nothing special about it. There are no great surprises, and it's a cheesy romcom when everything is boiled down, but the chemistry between McConaughey and Jennifer Garner as Jenny is quite well done, and the acting and direction are solid enough to make this an enjoyable hour and a half. The main focus is on Connor, and McConaughey does a good job of maintaining the charisma as well as the cringeworthy nature of the character, as we spend a bit of time in the three different eras of his life. The message is pretty much the same as that of Dickens' original: stop being selfish or you'll end up alone, and the outcome of the film is no surprise.
But then, it's not supposed to be a film with twists, so it follows the original story and just allows enough leeway at points to let some humour in that is relevant to the scenarios going on at the time. The supporting acting is good enough, with Breckin Meyer and Michael Douglas very good and some of the female support very good, too. Anne Archer has a pretty good, albeit brief, cameo role to play, and the three other bridesmaids are well cast.
Overall then, there's nothing overly special about the film, but it's definitely an enjoyable one to watch. I'd say it's a good one to watch with a partner just as an evening in romcom - nothing you have to focus on too much, but no dragging. It does what it says on the tin, but no more. Recommended.
Ghosts of girlfriends past is a romcom, which was directed by Mark Waters, written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore and was released in the UK in May 2009.
** The Plot **
The film is primarily about Connor Mead, a successful glamour photographer who enjoys nothing more than meaningless sex with anyone wearing a skirt. Connor is proud of his sexual encounters and thinks he is gods gift to women, a talent he learnt from his late uncle. However Connor is about to be visited by three ghosts, who will try to teach Connor the errors of his ways, a lesson which shows Connor who he truly loves.
** The Cast **
Matthew McConaughey plays self obsessed Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner plays the love of Connors life, Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas plays Uncle Wayne
For a full list of cast visit www.imdb.com
** My Opinion **
Its hard to say what audience the film is aimed at, there's quite a lot of female nudity and sexual references which would appeal more to men but then the romantic comedy would appeal more to women I think. Connor Mead kind of represents the men and Jenny represents the women.
The film is definitely not believable, even if you do believe in ghosts, but it is very comical and entertaining.
There are times within the film that are quite moving and brought a tear to my eye, especially when Connor finds out how his life will be if he continues down this self destructive path and surprisingly Matthew McConaughey acts superbly in these scenes and you really empathise with the character.
I think the film is very easy to watch, not much thinking is involved. This can be a down point for some, however its nice, on occasions, to just put a film on that is simple and quite frankly a little bit silly, and that really explains this film.
Although the themes are unrealistic the acting is good from all, none are terrible and each character is different with their own personality. The actors seem to gel well with each other and they are very pleasant to watch.
Overall this is a good film, that is fun and enjoyable. It has received some mixed reviews but I think the film was definitely watchable and quite enjoyable.
I love watching a good romantic-comedy film and Matthew McConaughey has always been a favourite of mine in these types of films so this was definitely a must-see for me.
The film is about Connor Mead (McConaughey) who is a confident and cocky celebrity photographer and loves living the single life and having a different woman on his arm every night. But when he has to go home for his brother's wedding, he ends up bumping into his childhood sweetheart, Jenny (Jennifer Garner), and his attitude towards love and women has a dire effect on the entire wedding party.
So when the ghost of his dead uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) pays him a visit, Connor is in for a shock. Wayne regrets his own life as a bachelor and some of Connor's girlfriends, past, present and future, show Connor how his actions could really effect him and those around him.
As you can probably see, this is a comedy spin on A Christmas Tale story where Connor is visited by the ghosts of past, present and future and made to see the error of his ways. It fitted in quite well actually with the general feel of the film and the fantasy aspect didn't seem silly or unreal in this type of film at all.
McConaughey was great in this as he is in all these types of films and he's perfect at playing the confident and womanising bachelor as well as someone with a more sensitive side. I did find it a bit strange to see him without Kate Hudson by his side as they always seem to be in these genres of movies together, but Jennifer Garner was a lovely and bubbly replacement to play the main female character and I thought they made an excellent match.
There are a lot of funny parts in this, whether that's when Connor is accidentally ruining the wedding day by destroying the cake or watching him being a complete player with all the ladies.
If you enjoy these types of films and are a fan of McConaughey then this is a great film to watch. I found it so hilarious from start to finish and it is definitely one that I would watch again.
Ghosts of Girlgriends Past is another rom com from that one trick poney Matthew McConaughey or Mahogany as my other half calls him, lets just say that he is not a fan. The film also stars Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.
McConaughey plays Connor Mead who works as a photographer and in true rom com stereotype fashion, there are only two types of male role, luckless loser or love em and leave em bloke, and he falls into the latter category as his job brings him into contact with lots of good looking and vulnerable women. Attending his brothers wedding he meets up with his childhood sweatheart Jenny who is played by Jennifer Garner. After waxing lyrical in a drunken monologue about his views of romance and marriage he leaves only to encounter the dead uncle who raised him as a child who is played by Michael Douglas and then in the Dickens style he is visited by three different ghosts to give him a taste of girlfriends past, present and future to see if he will have a Scrooge like transformation.
I guess in a way there is some originality to the plot line and at times this film has its enjoyable moments however just like any McConaughey rom com it is rarely going to rise above the average and that is the case here.
He does perform well with Garner who is pretty good as the romantic interest and Michael Douglas looks like he is enjoying himself as Uncle Wayne.
There is not a lot to get excited about with this film then again there is not a great deal to really raise your hackles, it is just the usual formulaic romcom that is a bit like bubblegum, nice enough at the time but loses its appeal after a while.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a 2009 film released on DVD last September. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas and is a romantic comedy with a 12 rating in the UK. This is my film only review of this title.
Connor Mead (McConaughey) is a handsome, successful photographer who has a 'love em and leave em' attitude when it comes to women. He doesn't believe in love or marriage and when he is reminded by his PA that he is to attend his brother's wedding weekend he isn't looking forward to it one bit. When he arrives at the venue for the wedding he is reunited with Jenny (Jennifer Garner) who was his childhood sweetheart and first true love but she is distant towards him knows of his reputation with the ladies. Connor makes his feelings about love and fidelity known to the other guests after drinking too much and making a fool out of himself. Deciding that he has had enough he makes a dramatic exit where things take a strange turn and he meets his deceased uncle who raised him and his brother from being small children.
Uncle Wayne (played by Michael Douglas) was always Connors role model and his attitude towards women and his influence rubbed off on Connor. Wayne tells Connor that during the night he will be visited by 3 ghosts who want to show him how his actions towards women affect everyone around him and how his life will ultimately turn out. The story unfolds as Connor is visited by the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Present and Future and between them they show him the consequences of his past actions and what will happen unless he changes his ways.
From my plot summary you will recognise that the film is essentially a romantic version of 'A Christmas Carol' and instead of the miserly Scrooge taking centre stage we have the bed-hopping Connor. With the film being a romantic comedy you know exactly what is going to happen and even though there are a funny moments this film follows a predictable formula that ends just as you would expect.
That said there is a charm to the film and the chemistry between McConaughey and Garner comes across well. Michael Douglas really gets his teeth into the role of Uncle Wayne and the supporting cast all give sold, well delivered performances it's just a seen-it-all-before take on a well used formula that doesn't offer anything new. Even the ghost-twist does feel like a contrived plot device rather than a clever bit of writing and ultimately it is the performances from the lead actors that save the film from being anything other than average.
There is nothing to hate about the film; pretty people delivering sometimes funny lines in a fabulous setting. There is the obligatory feel-good ending that always works in films of this genre and overall it is a 'good' film. Running at 96 minutes the middle does feel overly padded as you are waiting for the next ghost to appear and the relationship between Connor and Jenny does get on the tedious side as you are wanting them to just to get on with it.
For a film loosely based on A Christmas Carol it offers a nice twist on the usual rom-com which should appeal to fans of the genre. For me it deserves a middle-of-the-road 3/5 dooyoo stars and a cautious recommendation. Available from Amazon for £4.98 which is reasonably priced or better still add the title to your online film subscription package.
Thumbs in the middle for me for this one, thanks for reading my review.
I saw this when it was first released in the cinema but I remembered enjoying it so thought I would add it to my DVD rental basket to watch at home! This is a film only review.
The film begins by introducing us to Connor Mead, a bachelor who seems to go through more women than hot dinners! He loves his life and this is clear, he is a high flying photographer and can get anything, and any woman that he wants. He relishes in this and loves the fact that he is so different to his brother, Paul.
Paul is getting married and Connor does not want to attend, thinking that it will be the biggest mistake of Pauls life. Instead, he arrives to tell his brother not to marry and that it is a stupid idea. The wedding is going to be held at their dead Uncle Wayne's house. Uncle Wayne took them in when their parents died and Wayne was very similar to Connor in leading a bachelor lifestyle.
Connor is going about his duties basically trying to ruin Pauls wedding, thats when he goes to the bathroom and his Uncle Wayne appears in front of him to take him on a journey that may make Connor rethink his way of living.
I enjoyed this film and it is a nice, easy going watch. It is a chick flick but I think it would appeal to men too because the film centres around a man and his ways and there are also a lot of comedy moments. I watched this film with my partner at the cinema and he enjoyed it.
Some people have compared this film to A Christmas Carol. There are parts which are similar, mainly the fact that ghosts are involved but personally I cannot see much of a connection. The film is not set at Christmas and does not follow a Christmas theme therefore meaning that personally, I didn't find it very similar.
I found the acting in the film really good. There were plenty of familiar faces in the film but I found that due to the characters they were playing, I didn't really compare them to any other characters. Matthew McConaughey was brilliant as Connor and looked as though he was really enjoying himself playing the role.
I liked the plot of the film and liked the few sub plots there were to go along Connor's story. This kept my interest and also meant the ending of the film was not too predictable. There was a nice twist near the end of the film which was heart warming and bought a smile to my face.
The plot of the film flowed really well and I was never bored. The ending of the film wrapped everything up really well and I was left with no questions unanswered. It finished the film quickly and it did not drag.
The film was released in 2009 and is now available on DVD.
It is rated a 12 due to some language and sexual references.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas and Lacey Chabert.
It runs for 100 minutes.
I recommend this film to all, especially those who are fans of chick flicks with some added comedy. It wont have you rolling about with laughter but certainly brings a smile to your face at various points throughout the film.
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It stars Matthew McConnaughley, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.
It reminds me of Scrooge in a Christmas Carol as Connor Mead , famous fashion photographer is visited by girlfriends past, present and future.
Connor Mead is something of a playboy and being educated by his "Uncle Wayne" when he was teen, he thinks you should love them and leave them, and his relationships usually last 2 weeks. It shows him in various relationships and in each gives the girl hope, and unconditional love and then bang he finishes it. He comes across as smarmy in my opinion, and he plays a likeable rogue that you wouldnt date.
His long lost love from childhood Jenny (Jennifer Garner) appears throughout the film like a love sick puppy but everytime she`s around Connor she tries to play it cool, and he has a series of mishaps while hes at his brothers wedding, which are humerous if a little unbelievable.
After making some bold announcements at the wedding Connor ruins everything and his hated by all. Well acted in fact.
Then he finally saves the day and becomes the hero not the villian.
This is a good old fashioned romantic comedy, that is funny in parts and can pull at your heartstrings in other places
Both me and my partner enjoyed out and was acted out brilliantly even to the point that I didnt recognise Michael Douglas until my partner said at the end he was Uncle Wayne
Matthew McConaughey - Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner - Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas - Uncle Wayne
Emma Stone - Allison Vandermeersh
Brecking Meyer - Paul
Lacy Chabert - Sandra
Robert Forster - Sergeant Volkom
Directed by Mark Waters
Written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Running Time: 100minutes
Connor Mead is a very successful photographer who has no problems in getting the ladies. He lives his life to the full and has no problem sleeping with women and they never calling them again. He gets invited to his brothers wedding where he reluctantly attends and his problems start.
He meets up with the chief bridesmaid Jenny who was his real first love but unfortunately he missed the chance to become her boyfriend. He thinks he is going to get lucky and get his way by using his charms. Unfortunately for Connor things take a turn for the worse when the ghost of his dead Uncle Wayne appears and tells him he is going to be visited by three ghosts who will try to make him change his ways and understand the true meaning of love and not end up alone like he did.
Will Connor be able to stand the visits from the ghosts and will they make his change his ways. Ultimately will he get his second chance with Jenny?
I was looking forward to seeing this film as the trailer for it made it look really good and entertaining and I can say that it did not disappoint. I loved the storyline and it was very similar to that of A Christmas Carol with the visits from the ghosts and trying to get Connor to change his ways. Saying this I loved how they adapted it to make it into a love story. I think the films storyline also worked well as there was the additional story of the brothers wedding which gave it some depth.
Matthew McConaughey played the lead role of Connor and he did a great job. I loved how he came across as an insensitive man and enjoy seeing how he started to change as the film went on. He worked well with Jennifer Garner who played Jenny and I loved the chemistry that they both had. They worked well together and I think the banter and arguments which they had made for some funny viewing. The ghost of Uncle Wayne was a good addition and I think Michael Douglas played the role very well. He managed to come across as a very arrogant ladies man who lived life to the full and he really did look the part.
There were a good range of supporting actors and actresses in the film and they all did great jobs and gave the storyline some depth.
The music which was used was great and it was actually quite varied. I loved the old 80's tracks which were used when we had the ghost of the past and I also love the old outfits and hairstyles which we saw. The special effects throughout the film were very good and all fitted in very well. There was no noticeable added backdrops or bad effects with the ghosts and I think lot of effort went into making them look so good.
There is a lot of good funny moments in this film and for me it did make the film so much better. I think that without the humour the film would have been quite boring. A lot of the jokes and laughs came from the things which Connor did and not said and I think they all fitted very well and even had hubby laughing out loud at times.
The DVD which I have does have some bonus features which include additional scenes and theatrical trailer. I have not watched these as I am not a fan of bonus features. The running time of the film is 96 minutes and I found that this was just long enough. I feel that I may have started to loose interest if it would have lasted any longer. The certificate is a 12 as the film does contain mild sex references, language and drug references and I do agree with this rating.
I managed to get this DVD for just under £5 from Amazon and I have to say it is well worth this price. I am going to recommend this film as it is very funny, has great actors and a great storyline.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a romantic comedy which was based on Charles Dickens' novella Christmas Carol. The film was released on 1st May 2009. It was directed by Mark Waters. He directed Freaky Friday, Just Like Heaven and The Spiderwick Chronicles. The screenplay was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The running time is 100 minutes and the classification is 12 years and over. For the films official site visit: www.ghostsofgirlfriendspastmovie.com .
Jennifer Garner - Jenny Perotti
Matthew McConaughey - Connor Mead
Michael Douglas - Wayne Mead (Connor's uncle)
Breckin Meyer - Paul Mead (Connor's brother)
Lacey Chabert - Sandra Volkom (Paul's fiancée)
Emma Stone - Allison Vandermeersh (Ghost of Girlfriends Past, high school girlfriend)
Noureen DeWulf - Melanie (Ghost of Girlfriends Present, Connor's assistant)
Olga Maliouk - Ghost of Girlfriends Future
Connor Mead is a successful photographer and womanizer. After a routine shooting he breaks up with three women at the same time via a video conference call then he leaves to his younger brother's wedding. Paul and Connor are quite close brothers although their nature differs as much as possible. Paul is a warm hearted man who believes in love and in marriage.
Connor realises that Jenny is the Made of Honour and helps the bride to have a well organised wedding. Connor and Jenny know each other since they were children. Connor tells everyone that he doesn't believe in marriage and offends the majority of the guests.
When he enters the cloakroom he meets the ghost of his uncle Wayne Mead who used to be a womanizer and its Connor's idol. Wayne Mead tells him that he will meet three other ghosts tonight and his life will change. He really meets the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Present and Future. Can Connor change?
I know it is a shame but I admit that I haven't read Dickens' Christmas Carol before. Despite this fact I say that the story was predictable. I loved it as there were some twists in it and there were funny and tear jerker plots as well which kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.
I think the performance of the three famous actors was brilliant. Jennifer Garner is a pretty, delicate and very beautiful actress. She was a really good match for the role of Jenny. I loved the scenes where they were together with Connor. The chemistry worked very well between them.
I think Matthew McConaughey's performance was outstanding too. His character wasn't a simple case. He had a lot of adventure in the film and I think he was authentic all over the film. I hope he isn't such a womanizer in real life as he was in this role.
I loved Michael Douglas' performance. It was a long time ago I saw him acting and it was nice watching him again. He is a great actor. Despite his age he was sexy and very handsome. He has something in his personality and appearance that makes him so charismatic.
There were a lot of people in the film but it was easy to find out who is who so it wasn't disturbing at all.
I liked the soundtrack of the film, there were two favourites of mine: Ladies Night by Kool & The Gang and Keep On Loving You by Reo Speedwagon.
I rate this film 4 stars out of five because the story was so predictable but I recommend everyone who wants to relax a little bit. It was a light film that cheered me up.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a romantic comedy film that was released in 2009 and is based on A Christmas Carol. Instead of the story focusing on Christmas, it revolves around the day and the day before a wedding. It is 100 minutes long and is rated 12 due to sexual content, language and drug reference.
Connor Mead is a highly successful photographer, a serial womaniser and thinks he has everything. His little brother Paul is getting married but when he arrives for the rehearsal, he realises that one of his ex girlfriends, Jenny, is one of the bridesmaids. Connor doesn't believe in marriage and tries to convince Paul to leave Sandra and not go through with the wedding.
On the night of the rehearsal, when Connor goes to the men's room, he encounters his dead Uncle Wayne. Wayne warns him not to ruin his life like he did and lets him know that by the end of the night, he will be visited by the ghosts of girlfriends past, who will force him to deal with his feelings. Connor must go back and realise where everything went wrong to try and change, but will it really work?
Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner as Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas as Wayne Mead
Emma Stone as Allison Vandermeersh, the Ghost of Girlfriends Past
Daniel Sunjata as Brad
Noureen DeWulf as Melanie, the Ghost of Girlfriends Present and Connor's assistant
Breckin Meyer as Paul Mead
Lacey Chabert as Sandra Volkom
Anne Archer as Vonda Volkom
Olga Maliouk as Ghost of Girlfriends Future
I thought this was a really interesting, modern take on a classic story. The modernisation made the story much more relatable to a younger audience and I'm sure there is something we can all relate to in it.
I found the scene where Connor leaves the love of his life in bed because he thinks he is doing something wrong extremely sad and heartbreaking and it even made me well up. You could really feel the emotion between the couple in this scene and for me, it summed up the whole film.
Call me crazy girls, but I just don't think Matthew McConaughey is all that hot but on the other hand, he is a really good actor. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as Connor and while he comes across as arrogant and up himself most of the time, he was also good and making the viewer feel quite sorry for him at times. Watching his past was extremely entertaining and emotional. Jennifer Garner was a fab choice as the female lead and I'm so glad that Ben Affleck didn't turn out to be the male lead. Everything I've seen her in has been fantastic and that was the only reason why I watched this film in the first place.
Michael Douglas has to be named as the star of the film though, playing Connor's dead Uncle. His character had a weird, sleazy charm but I loved him. I think this aspect of the film brought something truly original to the story and made it really stand out compared to the original.
As you can probably tell, I loved this film. Even thought from the middle, it was quite predictable, I didn't really find it to be a disadvantage. With most rom-coms, we can tell the outcome, or else it wouldn't be a romance film at all. There is some nice light hearted comedy throughout which helps make this the wonderful film that it is. Definitely recommended!
Connor Mead thinks that he has it all - he's got a great job as a fashion photographer, he can seemingly get any woman he wants, and he's single to boot. It doesn't matter to him that he hasn't got many friends or that he isn't an especially nice person. When he gets an invite to brother Paul's wedding to fiancée Sandra, he goes along but is soon wreaking havoc. His ex-lover Jenny is there as a bridesmaid and stirs up some unwelcome feelings in Connor. But oddly, his dead uncle Wayne appears to him in a vision telling him he's going to be shown the error of his ways by ghosts of girlfriends past. Connor has to visit his past relationship to see where he went wrong, and he comes to some surprising revelations when it's all over. Will Connor change or is that one step too far?
I am a huge Jen Garner fan, so she is the reason I got this one from the library if I'm totally honest with you! I've loved her work since the fab TV show Alias, and now she's turned her hand to films, I tend to watch everything, she's in - good or bad. I also happen to quite like Matthew McConaughey too (what girl doesn't?!) so this sounded like a fab film for me. I love rom-coms, love the cast and the plot sounded funny too so I was realy looking forward to this. My other half wasn't too keen but I told him I was putting it on anyway, and luckily he ended up loving it too!
The story is basically a reworking of Charles Dickens' famous story A Christmas Carol albeit updated a bit to allow for comedic references and to apply to the world of dating rather than old Mr Scrooge! It's billed as a romantic comedy and I think this tag fits it perfectly. There's lot of laugh out loud moments, some more emotional parts and a good enough story to string the whole thing together. It's set in a wonderfully large mansion house in the winter time, and the snowy scene makes a somewhat more magical setting for the movie. The director has done a good job of bringing all the elements of the film together and it is a very good watch.
Matthew McConaughey is back doing what he does best in this film. His favourite role of mine is still Ben in "How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days" but he goes back to his rom-com roots in this. Connor is actually a pretty horrible person, he uses women as much as he wants and he doesn't care when he hurts people's feelings. It kind of makes it hard to feel sorry for him in a way and you do wonder why Jenny is in love with such a pig! McConaughey is brilliant at his comedy performances and has great comedic timing which works really well in this movie. He has a good chemistry with Jennifer Garner who plays love interest Jenny, but again Connor is so unlikeable you wonder why she is interested!
Garner is fabulous in this film, and is great in the role of Jenny. She works well with McConaughey, and I think she's definitely the best actor in her role. She adds a real vunerability to the character and portrays Jenny's whole spectrum of emotion from sarcasm to incredible sadness in the one scene in the film which is actually very sad. She holds her own against McConaughey in the comedy stakes, and I think she was just fab, I'm pleased she was cast in this movie. Michael Douglas makes a small appearance as Connor's dead uncle Wayne, and is very, very funny! He and Matt are great together on-screen and Douglas shows the youngsters how its done! He embraces the role of the dotty old man, and is very funny!
The one relationship that is actually incredibly sweet in the film is that of Connor and his brother Paul and I wish they had made more of this in the film. There were a few genuinely touching scenes between McConaughey and Meyer, and this is definitely the nicest relationship in the film. The end is quite predictable but you don't watch this sort of film and not expect to guess what's going to happen as it progresses. The special effects of the ghosts and related events are very well done, and Emma Stone as the first ghost Allison was brilliant! The effects are pretty seamless and the soundtrack captures the mood of the film very well too.
This is a very sweet and funny rom-com that I can highly recommend for a light evenings entertainment. If there was one thing I have to moan about, its that Connor isn't a nice person and therefore you aren't too bothered about whether he gets the girl in the end or not. It's a funny film with some great funny moments, and Douglas, McConaughey and Garner in particular are great, and very well cast. Although its a reworking of a story that's been done many times, its still a great take on it and I enjoyed every minute and amazingly, so did my other half! I'd recommend it!
Directed by Mark Waters
Written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Certificate: 12 / Running Time: 100 minutes
Matthew McConaughey ... Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner ... Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas ... Uncle Wayne
Emma Stone ... Allison Vandermeersh
Breckin Meyer ... Paul
Lacey Chabert ... Sandra
Robert Forster ... Sergeant Volkom
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Wouldn't it be a great idea to base a romantic comedy on a Dickens Novel? Some of my favourite films are based on classic novels - Clueless (based on Austen's Emma), You've Got Mail and Bridget Jones (both loosely based on Pride and Prejudice). So you would think I would enjoy a film based on the idea from Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
I had a night in on my own so I decided to watch an unashamedly girly film. I couldn't quite decide between Bride Wars and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, but in the end I went for the latter. The charming premise is that Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a womaniser who needs reforming. At his brother's wedding he is visited by ghosts of various girlfriends to teach him about true love and open his eyes to the girl in front of him - Jenny Perrati (Jennifer Garner). The film is a bit of a classic wedding film in that it includes lots of things going wrong and the bride going nuts.
However, the film is just too glib. He is visited by girlfriends from the past who tell him he was a git; by present girlfriends who tell him he is a git; and by the future where he sees he will be utterly miserable and friendless. The scales fall from his eyes and he is transformed. Yeah right. There isn't enough to make you think that Connor could actually have changed, and there isn't really much of a plot. It just feels like the film writers came up with one idea and then tried to string it out for 90 minutes. The acting is OK, but some of the directing is just weird - scenes don't really seem to flow on from one another. There are also too many extra characters whose names you can't remember - the bridesmaids and ushers for instance.
Having said all that, the film is cute escapism with a happy ending. But I kind of wish I'd picked Bride Wars instead!