Definitely, Maybe


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Rating: PG-13

Ryan Reynolds as Will Hayes
Abigail Breslin as Maya Hayes
Isla Fisher as April
Rachel Weisz as Summer Hartley
Elizabeth Banks as Emily
Kevin Kline as Hampton Roth
Marc Bonan as Kevin
Kevin Corrigan as Simon
Adam Ferrara as Gareth
Alexie Gilmore as Olivia

Directed by Adam Brooks

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Creating a Romance (brought to you by Volkswagen): Join the cast and director for this in-depth look at how the film was made!
The Changing Times of “Definitely, Maybe”: Get an insider’s look at the production design of the film and how it changed to reflect passing fads and fashions.
Feature Commentary with Director Adam Brooks and Star Ryan Reynolds

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Spanish and French Languages
Running Time: 112 Minutes

The following is from the official synopsis of the film:

“From the makers of ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Love Actually’ comes the charming and irresistibly funny romantic comedy ‘Definitely, Maybe.’ When Will (Ryan Reynolds) decides to tell his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met her mother, he discovers that a second look at the past might also give him a second chance at the future. Co-starring Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher, it’s the heartwarming story that makes you realize it’s definitely never too late to go back… and maybe find a happy ending.”

“Definitely, Maybe” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue language and smoking.

I really like the cast of “Definitely, Maybe,” so I was hoping to enjoy the film. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out like I hoped.

First of all, the main hook of the movie is trying to figure out who the mother of Maya is. If you don’t have that, then the story of Will and his many loves isn’t all that interesting. It doesn’t carry a two hour movie alone.

Second, the whole premise of “Definitely, Maybe” revolves around Will telling Maya about his love life before her mother came along. He talks about one woman’s lesbian fling, a threesome, his smoking, his drinking, sleeping with various women, and even Bill Clinton’s sexual exploits. He tells this to her in rather fine detail. It’s hard to believe any parent would talk to a 10-year-old daughter about such stuff.

Third, none of the characters are all that likable. Every one of the characters betrays or blows up at one of the other characters at some point. This makes it a bit hard to root for any of them to be Maya’s mother. Even Maya is annoying as she cutely talks about her father’s penis in some strange woman’s vagina. Ugh.

I’m not sure who to recommend this movie to. There’s too much heartbreak to recommend it as a romance. It’s not funny enough to recommend as a comedy. It’s too risqué to recommend as something for kids and adults. I think the main people that will enjoy it are Ryan Reynolds fans and anyone that loves Isla Fisher.

The bonus features are your standard offerings for a non-genre film. You have deleted scenes, a commentary, and a couple of ‘making of’ featurettes with interviews with the cast and crew. There are 6 or so deleted scenes.