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Movie Review - Definately, Maybe

Ryan Reynolds stars as Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the presidential campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. Will hopelessly attempts a "gentler" version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess who is the woman her father finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next door Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz)? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending

Another Valentine's Day and another romantic love story. I'm a HUGE Ryan Reynolds fan and have been since I first saw him in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. In this movies Ryan really starts to flex his acting muscles. Mark my words, he's gonna be big.

Definately, Maybe is not your typical romantic comedy, in fact I would classify it as a romantic movie and leave the comedy part out. That's not to say there aren't light moments in the movie, but overall the tone of the movie is tracking a man's romantic entanglements across 16 years.

This movie isn't fast paced or flashy and a lot is owed to the writer Adam Brooks who also gave us Wimbledon and Practical Magic. If you liked either of those movies then this one's gonna be a hit with you.

Personally I liked the movie, however I can easily see how others (especially those not into romantic movies) would find it a bore. Its an intelligent take on the romantic movie angle and Abigail Breslin appearances and flash backs to the present keep the story moving and from getting too stale.

I give it a 4/5 and a romance DVD must buy.


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