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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)


Hopefully, none of my ex-girlfriends will come back to tell me how to live my life.

When he attends his younger brother’s wedding, playboy Connor (Matthew McConaughey) is troubled to discover that the ghosts of his many girlfriends have come to give him a piece of their mind and teach him a thing or two about true love. As the apparitions visit him, he rediscovers old feelings for the first love of his life(Jennifer Garner).

Now, my good buddies at Spill.com gave this film a Full Pricee!!!!, even some going as far as to call it one of the best of the year. Well, I’m sorry to break it to you guys that this movie, well it sucks.

This is an obvious riff off of the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, but where that has charm this does not. The one huge problem with this film is that it uses all of the obvious wedding, and romantic comedy cliches any film took. Like the wedding cake falls to the ground, oh haven’t seen that one before. Or, how about the cheesy slapstick that happens when a guy drives all the way through snow crashing and hitting trees about 10 times, without an amount of injury, yeah the originality is so here.

The movie does have a couple of good laughs which does save it from being the worst film I’ve ever seen so I’ll give it that. But other than that, it offers nothing new to the romantic comedy genre. The movie basically degrades woman and how each and every one is just a slut looking to do anything just to get laid, and I was appalled by how much of this actual stereotype took over the film as it went along.

The chemistry between Garner and McConaughey is down right terrible. I didn’t sense any real love between these two and if anything, just found it to be a silly excuse for a nice romantic love interest. Now respectively, there are good performances from the cast. McConaughey is funny, although I don’t think he’s the best comedic choice for this movie, but he does an OK job. Garner is OK, I just thought her character was so highly intellectual, that I couldn’t believe why she would want to be with this asshole after all. Michael Douglas shows up and gives a funny supporting performance as the man who leads McConaughey to his snarling ways, and brings the more heart and comedy to the film. I loved Emma Stone in this film, cause she is dressed up so 80s and dirty, that its even more funny when she brings out some of the cheesiest lines, but makes them funny.

Consensus: Taking a rip-off the Charles Dickens novel, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, has some comedy and good performances, but overall lacks the charm, chemistry between the two leads, and originality that all romantic comedies need.

3/10=SomeOleBullShitt!!!!

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3 responses to “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

  1. Heather April 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I’m pretty sure this was my number 2 worst movie of last year.

    As you say, some ole bullshit.

    I’m happy you found a few redeeming qualities as I could find none and am now scarred for life.

  2. Danny King April 6, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Haha. I never really had any desire to see this. Seems like one of those movies I’m saving for a day when I just feel like watching something bad.

  3. Steven Flores March 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I’m not a fan of the movie either but I absolutely agree with you on Emma Stone. She was my favorite thing in that movie. Every moment she was in really lifted the film for me. Even that last scene she had with Michael Douglas.

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