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Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (DVD)
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Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (DVD)
Advantages: pretty good cast, nice story
Disadvantages: predicatble but most romcoms are
Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women--in that order. 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, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding. 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 and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships-past, present and future. Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love... or whether he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.
The film begins on a photo shoot. Celebrity photographer Connor Mead is shooting a singer for the cover of Vanity Fair. After the photoshoot Connor gets up close and personal with the singer as it seems he does with many women. He then breaks up with 3 women via a conference call and is reminded by his assistant, Mel that it is his brothers wedding this weekend.
Connor hates weddings, he doesn't believe in true love and really doesn't want to go but his brother Paul is his only family since the death of their parents when they were children and more recently, their rich playboy uncle Wayne. Because of Connor's attitude people are surprised when he actually turns up at their deceased uncle's mansion for the wedding.
Connor arrives the day before the wedding while preperations and rehearsals are still taking place. The grooms men idolise him while the bridemaids want to bed him, except that is for Jenny who happens to be one of Connor's ex's.
Connor manages to cause trouble without trying by letting sliphis brother Paul has bedded one of the bridesmaids and trying seduce the mother of the bride. When he takes a trip to the toilet the ghostof uncle Wayne appears to him and tells him he will be visited by three ghosts. Connor of course thinks he's had too much to drink that is until the first ghost turns up, the ghost of girlfriends past or a 16 year old girl named Alison.
Alison takes Connor on a journey through his past reletionships and most mportantly his past with Jenny to try and discover why he is the way he is.
The next ghost takes the form of Mel, Connor's assistant, to explore his present and the effect he has on those around him while the third, the ghost of the future is a beautifull but silent supermodel type.
Connor Mead - Matthew McConaughey (Fool's Gold)
Jenny Perotti - Jennifer Garner (Juno)
Uncle Wayne - Michael Douglas (The Sentinel)
Allison Vandermeersh (Ghost of Girlfriends Past) - Emma Stone (The House Bunny)
Paul Mead - Breckin Meyer (Garfield)
Sandra - Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls)
Vonda Volkom - Anne Archer (End Game)
Mel - Noureen DeWulf (The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard)
Director: Mark Waters (Mean Girls)
I do enjoy a good romcom to life the spirts and give myself a warm fuzzy glow.
I saw trailers for this when it was first realeased at the cinema and thought it looked quite fun but I've only just got around to watching it.
Obviously the film has taken it's main plot form A Christmas Carol and changed it into something more romantic. This does make the film predictable but most romcoms are and it doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
The lead performances are quite average with best performances coming from Micheal Douglas, Emma Stone and Noureen DeWulf, Lacey Chabert also does a great unhinged bride. Matthew McConaughey was convincing enough as slimey, loathesome Connor but Jennifer Garner was quite so great as the bitter Jenny (although extremely pretty).
The script contains some witty dialogue without going overboard on the mushy sentiment.
I enjoyed it, it was fun and had some great lines, although not laugh out loud funny it did make me titter so I would recommend it but only to fans of the romcom genre.
Run Time 100 min
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Summary: a feel good film