Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Emma stone: allison vandermeersh, photos .
Allison Vandermeersh : After Jenny, your relationships grew shorter and shorter. So short, in fact, it would be easier to do this in bulk.
[long line of lovelies waiting]
Allison Vandermeersh : Oh, you remember Amy, the stewardess?
Amy the Stewardess : Hey, Connor. We had plane sex somewhere over Albany. And Rochester. And South Bend, Indiana.
Allison Vandermeersh : [pretends to be impressed] Triple whammy!
Bar Twin , Bar Twin : You slept with my sister!
Bar Man "Shawna" : I was Shawna back then. A waitress at the Palm. We had coatroom sex on my smoke break.
Connor Mead : That was you?
Chinese Bar Woman : [translated from Chinese] You have brought great dishonor to my family. Eat shit Mead Connor!
"Two Days" Bar Woman : We dated for two days.
"For An Hour" Bar Woman : For an hour.
"48 Seconds" Bar Woman : For forty-eight seconds.
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Movie Review | 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'
He Loved Too Often but Not Wisely
By Manohla Dargis
- April 30, 2009
A smear of petroleum jelly might have done wonders for “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” a junky-looking romantic comedy that’s neither remotely romantic nor passably comic. An old trick used to soften facial lines, greasing a lens or filter can diffuse the image and, much like candlelight, bring a touch of glamour to a scene. And if ever a movie needed to have its hard lines eased with some cheap glamour, it’s this one: a crude gloss on Dickens’s “Christmas Carol,” it tracks a high-flying photographer who, on the eve of his brother’s marriage, is forced by several ghosts to revisit a life dedicated to sexual catch and release.
Matthew McConaughey, flashing choppers so blindingly white that he could light his own premiere, plays Connor Mead, one of those rom-com roués whose itchy libidos hide the usual sensitive soul. He’s a cad he breaks up with three women simultaneously during a video conference but, really, he’s just heartbroken and waiting for the right woman to help him heal. That would be Jenny Perotti, a childhood friend played by an uncharacteristically hesitant Jennifer Garner, whose performance suggests that she knows that she’s strictly backup. Less a co-star than a place holder (you can almost see the words “enter generic female lead” in Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s screenplay), she delivers her indulgent smiles so wanly that her requisite thaw feels more like capitulation than like love.
The director Mark Waters, who typically does better by his actresses, proves of no help to Ms. Garner or anyone else. (Given his smoother work on “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls,” it’s hard not to wonder if this production itself were haunted.) Whether by contract or default, “Girlfriends” is strictly a one-man show, a vehicle for Mr. McConaughey’s diminishing returns. While there’s still a little charm under that permatan, it’s getting tougher for him to sell the goods on only a smile. He might still be capable of delivering an actual performance again, giving up something other than mannerisms (sauntering walk, crinkling eyes, flashing grin), but he needs a director who can help him get going. Age isn’t easy, even for golden boys.
The movie makes much the same point with Uncle Wayne, Connor’s lifelong bad influence. Played by an insistently watchable Michael Douglas, Uncle Wayne is a cautionary tale incarnate: an old-school playboy wrapped in a leathery casing who appears to have been at least partly based on the Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Now mostly famous for being famous and, to an extent, for his autobiography, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” Mr. Evans produced classics like “Chinatown” once upon a time. Although Mr. Douglas’s face is often obscured with tinted, oversize glasses and a luxurious wave of hair, almost as if he were trying to duck the camera, he brings this ghost to freakish life. The lizard king no longer rocks, but he certainly does slither.
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Sexual stereotypes galore.
GHOST OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
Opens on Friday nationwide.
Directed by Mark Waters; written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; director of photography, Daryn Okada; edited by Bruce Green; music by Rolfe Kent; production designer, Cary White; produced by Jon Shestack and Brad Epstein; released by Warner Brothers Pictures. Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes.
WITH: Matthew McConaughey (Connor Mead), Jennifer Garner (Jenny Perotti), Breckin Meyer (Paul), Lacey Chabert (Sandra), Robert Forster (Sergeant Volkom), Anne Archer (Vonda Volkom), Emma Stone (Allison Vandermeersh) and Michael Douglas (Uncle Wayne).
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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
2009, Romance/Comedy, 1h 40m
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A retread of A Christmas Carol , featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm. Read critic reviews
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Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) lives life in the fast lane, committed to bachelorhood and simultaneous relationships with multiple women. On the eve of his brother's wedding, Connor receives a visit from the spirits of his jilted lovers, who take him on an odyssey through his many failed relationships to try to find out what made him such a cad -- and if there is any hope of Connor finding true love.
Rating: PG-13 (Sexual Content Throughout|A Drug Reference|Some Language)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Original Language: English
Director: Mark Waters
Producer: Jonathan Shestack , Brad Epstein
Writer: Jon Lucas , Scott Moore
Release Date (Theaters): May 1, 2009 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Jul 1, 2011
Box Office (Gross USA): $52.2M
Runtime: 1h 40m
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Production Co: Jon Shestack, New Line Cinema
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Clever re-telling of Dickensian morality tale. Attractive and endearing cast and sweet message of love and forgiveness.
Got dragged to the cinema to watch this and if i'm honest it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought, The story is nicked from the Christmas Carol, Had some funny bits, But like most it got too serious and boring.
The most redeeming feature of this movie is that it's just not as bad as some other romantic comedies.
Well, it's a modern version of A Christmas Carol with a little twist. Script was brainless but it's still fun to watch
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