Directed by Mark S. Waters
“Connor Mead is the kind of guy who dumps three girlfriends. At the same time. By teleconference. So when he attends his brother’s wedding he has a single goal: score with the only bridesmaid he somehow missed. But the ghost of his departed Uncle Wayne who taught him to love ’em and leave ’em has another goal in mind: restore Connor’s lost faith in true love, a tough assignment requiring the services of many, many Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas and director Mark Waters (‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Just Like Heaven’) uncork a romantic romp as bubbly as wedding-toast champagne. It’s the perfect comedy for anyone who believes in laughs and love. Or needs to.”
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is rated PG-13 for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference.
I like Matthew McConaughey, but he’s not a terribly likable character as Connor Mead. I suppose that’s part of the point, but even his good looks and charm aren’t enough to make Connor a hero to root for. He’s a jerk towards women and his absolute distaste for love and marriage gets more annoying the more he professes it. Jennifer Garner, on the other hand, is likable as Jenny Perotti. However, you have to wonder what she sees in a character like Connor. Then again, as we see more of their background together, we realize she’s in large part responsible for turning him into the dog he is. Michael Douglas has some fun as Connor’s gigolo Uncle Wayne, but he’s barely in the film. Lacey Chabert also has some memorable scenes as Sandra, the bridezilla, but her routine also becomes tiresome as the movie progresses.
Overall, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” isn’t a bad movie, but it’s not a memorable one either. This is something you rent when there’s nothing on TV and you completely forget about it afterwards.
On the Blu-ray you’ll find the usual bonus feature fare. There’s the obligatory ‘making of’ featurette and deleted scenes. There’s also a feature where the supporting cast gush about McConaughey. Rounding things out is a featurette with Douglas and McConaughey talking about playing ladies men on the big screen.