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Definitely, Maybe

Genre: Comedy/Romance
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Adam Brooks
Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz
Released by: Universal Pictures

In Short: Ryan Reynolds’ recounting of his past romances to his 10-year-old daughter feels superficial and contrived.
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Eh...Not So Much
"Definitely, Maybe" Is as Noncommittal as Its Title
by Andrew Bender

The title sequence that opens "Definitely, Maybe" is the kind we don’t normally see anymore and don’t miss: minutes of footage of random Manhattanites flashing across the screen, while “Everyday People” plays. Its aimlessness foreshadows the movie to come.

Ryan Reynolds stars as 30-something dad Will Hayes, about to sign divorce papers when his 10-year-old daughter Maya, fresh from sex-ed class, asks him about his past girlfriends. It’s an unlikely leap, and even more unlikely, he obliges. Will’s three exes (Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher) present three visions of love: one’s sweet but inconstant, one seductive but dangerous and one unsure and a late bloomer. You might find this an amiable love mystery if you can get past the ick factor of your dad telling you about life before mom. We couldn’t.

Abigail Breslin and Ryan Reynolds in "Definitely, Maybe"
Rachel Weisz and Ryan Reynolds in "Definitely, Maybe"

Abigail Breslin, star of "Little Miss Sunshine," plays Maya, and, as in that movie, she’s engaging and wise beyond her years. But in "Sunshine" she was a kid playing a kid. Here the script has her as some sort of 10-year-old seer, and it’s both forced and unfunny.

The three grownup actresses do their best with the roles they’re given, but because the story is split among them, you don’t get to care about any of them. We kept wishing we’d been reading this as a novel instead.

That doesn’t leave much to love, apart from—for once—a New York story that’s recognizably shot in New York instead of some generic neighborhood in Toronto. When a movie’s locations are more interesting than its plot, you can safely skip it.

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