Wednesday, August 6, 2008

MOVIE: DEFINITELY, MAYBE



Definitely, Maybe is a 2008 romantic comedy film from Universal Pictures, directed by Adam Brooks, that stars Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, and Abigail Breslin.

A political consultant in the midst of a bitter divorce attempts to delicately divulge the truth about his past relationships to his curious young daughter, who simply won't stop asking questions until she's satisfied with all the answers. Ten-year-old Maya (Breslin) is heartbroken to see her parents splitting up, but she's determined to find out precisely how it was that mom and dad came together in the first place. When Maya starts questioning her father Will (Reynolds) about his life before marriage, dad's memories soon drift back to the time when, as a naïve Wisconsin native and aspiring politician hoping to work on the presidential election, he first arrived in New York City.

As Will gradually became savvy to the ways of the big city, he gradually developed romantic relationships with three very different women: Emily (Banks) was the girl-next-door that he could always depend on, apolitical April (Fisher) was the best friend and confidante who was always there to listen, and free-spirited journalist Summer (Weisz) was both beautiful and ambitious. In order to prevent his perceptive little girl from predicting the outcome before his story is told, Will carefully changes the names of his three romantic interests, creating a hopelessly romantic puzzle that highlights both the joys and hardships of true love.




Relationships are a tough and complicated thing. If you've never been in a long relationship, you have no idea the true meaning of those words. If you're just starting in a relationship, you will find out soon enough. Instead of teaching us useless crap in high school, they should have taught us the ways of life and about the opposite sex.

Definitely, Maybe understands how relationships work and thats why the movie works. The way the characters speak to each other and the choices they make are believable. I liked how Breslin's character has to guess throughout the movie who her mom is in the story and so do we. Some viewers might figure it out sooner than others. I was guessing all the way to the end and even then my guess was wrong. Weird though that my girlfriend Kelly, who only watched the first half hour of the movie because she had to go to work, guessed who it was going to be and she was right.

Reynold's has been in some crappy movies and continues to be, which is unfortunate because he is a really good actor. After the disappointment that was Nim's Island, Breslin shows that she is still a good little actress. Banks is sweet as Reynold's high school sweetheart. Fisher is beautiful and charming as ever as the one that always gets away. Weisz, the more mature and serious woman of the bunch, radiates with warmth. There is not a single mistake in casting here, all the actors are perfect for the roles that they are in and all do a great job.

My girlfriend Kelly and I have had are ups and downs. We have been together for two years this month, well sort of, since we each broke up with each other twice during that time. There have been times where I just couldn't see myself with her anymore and times where she has felt like that too. We fight a lot and hard at that. One time she threw half my DVD collection at me and slapped me in the face. I have never physically hurt her and never will, but I have hurt her with words. I recently read a study that said fighting and disagreements in a relationship is a good thing. Being in a relationship where nothing ever seems wrong, probably means that something is wrong, its just that one of you are lying about it.

Reynold's character in Definitely, Maybe has to make a lot of relationship decisions that are tough to make. Like I said before, being in a relationship is tough, and you never know exactly what lies ahead. The movie knows this and deals with these situations rather realistically. I like where I am at now with Kelly and I have seriously thought of marrying her someday. You never know what will happen in a relationship down the road, but unlike the characters in this movie, I hope there are no speed bumps.

Definitely, Maybe: 7 out of 10

The DVD features include deleted scenes, audio commentary and bonus featurettes.


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