Movie Review: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Breckin Meyer) 2009

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Comedy
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Conner Mead ( McConaughey) is a fashion photographer who’s as famous for his photos, as he is for his reputation as a ladies man.  Conner agrees to go to his brother Paul’s (Meyer) wedding, but he refuses to toast the groom or take wedding pictures. At the wedding Conner only seems interested in bedding one of the bridesmaids, despite running into his first love and former girlfriend Jenny Perotti (Garner) Everything seems to be going perfectly for Conner, until he starts seeing a ghost of his Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) and his first girlfriend Allison (Emma Stone) We learn that Conner gets his heart broken by Jenny, and his uncle gives him lessons on the fine art of womanizing.  Despite seeing these ghosts, and the ghost of his assistant Melanie (Noreen Du Wulf) Conner proceeds to almost screw up the wedding, by dropping the wedding cake and telling Paul’s fiancé, Sandra (Lacy Chrebret) that Paul slept with one of the bridesmaids.  Will the wedding happen?  Will Conner end his womanizing ways and sett down with his true love Jenny?

This is a totally formulaic, romantic comedy, with a likeable actor ( McConaughey) playing a pretty unlikeable womanizing character.  Not only is McConaughey an unlikeable character, Michael Douglas plays an absolute scumbag, with a drink in his hand and a cheesy pickup line on his lips.  He takes a junior high school kid to a bar and teaches him how to pick up women.  Despite all this sordid behavior, McConaughey has some touching and affecting moments in this movie.  They come too late to save the movie, but they prove that McConaughey is a good actor, but it also proves that he needs to stop making these forgettable romantic comedies.  Finally he and Garner have no chemistry.  When is the last time Garner made a movie worth mentioning?

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.  The Spirit is Weak.


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