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Definitely, Maybe (Valentine's Day 2008) Starring Ryan Reynolds & Abigail Breslin

Old 02-14-08, 08:16 AM
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Is anyone else getting a "shill" vibe in here?
Yes, indeedy.
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Old 02-14-08, 12:00 PM
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Very good reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1000...itic=creamcrop
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Old 02-14-08, 12:29 PM
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At least this cool new shill doesn't sound like a liar. The flick has a positive review up on AICN -- which this type of movie usually doesn't appeal to. I liked the trailer and will give it a shot at some point in the next week; especially after the awful reviews for Jumper.
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Old 02-14-08, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Giles
supposedly there's a Badly Drawn Boy song that New Musical Express is raving about that is his best since, well... 'About a Boy'

A reworking of the time of times off born in the uk..
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Old 02-14-08, 04:08 PM
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This would appear to be it.

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Old 02-14-08, 10:54 PM
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Saw this tonight with the wife. It was actually a pretty decent movie. A good date movie. Enough humor to keep things interesting. I always like Ryan Reynolds. Kevin Kline is good in this too. I give it a B-
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Great movie. Saw it with the wife tonight and we both really enjoyed it. Had some real heart tugging moments, and the comedy was really genuine.
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Old 02-15-08, 01:06 AM
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I saw it tonight with the girlfriend.

We both really liked it, however, my problems lie with the film's ending. It's about fifteen minutes too long, but I blame that more on the script's problem on how to properly end the film on a happy note.
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You're both shills! So are your wives!
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Old 02-15-08, 07:41 AM
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I'm not sure what a "shill" is ...... but I saw this last night and I thought it was great. Everything that I expected and more.

Go see this one, well worth it.
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Old 02-15-08, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
I saw it tonight with the girlfriend.

We both really liked it, however, my problems lie with the film's ending. It's about fifteen minutes too long, but I blame that more on the script's problem on how to properly end the film on a happy note.
It's the Love, Actually syndrome -- It's solid but doesn't know when to call it quits as it is trying to hit an earned destination, even if it has to drag it out to do so.
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Old 02-15-08, 09:34 AM
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If it really is decent - sounds like I may take the wife in a couple of weeks when it goes on the five buck club.
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Old 02-15-08, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ConVerse
I'm not sure what a "shill" is ...... but I saw this last night and I thought it was great. Everything that I expected and more.
A shill is someone who is supposed to have an unbiased opinion but is really in league with the owners or whoever. In the early days of Vegas they used to pay shills to gamble to keep the games looking popular.
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Old 02-15-08, 11:10 AM
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I'm gonna take the wife to see this movie and then afterwards...

Happy Valentine's Day to me!
Very classy.
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Old 02-15-08, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by RichC2
It's the Love, Actually syndrome -- It's solid but doesn't know when to call it quits as it is trying to hit an earned destination, even if it has to drag it out to do so.
With Love Actually, I feel that a lot of the plots were tied up nicely at the end (regardless or not if the plots ended up on positive or negative).

With Definitely, Maybe ...
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We arrive at the destination that "Emily" is Maya's mother VERY abruptly as Will is telling the story and the divorce is final. It takes us twenty minutes for us to get to Will meeting up with April again and closing the film on a positive note.

The film's ending could've been better in so many ways:
(A) Go downbeat and have "Emily" and Will divorce. End the story so that Maya and Will are both aware that Will's life had many missed opportunities and Will might find true love one day.
(B) Change the mother to "April" (this would've actually changed a good portion of the third act considerably) and have them not go through the divorce at the end.
(C) Keep the same ending as the film, just make the process of getting back with "April" five minutes instead of twenty.


I'm sure there are many ways the ending could've went as well with keeping the consistency of the first 90 minutes.
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Old 02-16-08, 09:25 PM
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"Definitely, Maybe" is a near-miss in terms of a "love definitely, maybe conquers all" genre vehicle. I blame the casting of Ryan Reynolds for some of the problems with the film's premise (Reynolds plays William, who relates to his daughter Maya the story of how he met her mother of his child in the face of divorce, while turning it into a mystery to engage his daughter's curiousity). Reynolds just seems a little out of his depth to deal with this material, and it's apparent as he is surrounded by a nice cast (Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, and Kevin Kline) that makes his performance stick out like a sore thumb in spots. After recounting the relationships that led up to Maya being born, the film takes much too long to wrap it up than it should have, which lends itself to a fatigueing finish, and undermines the script's momentum it built up for the first 3/4 of the film. But, even though the film is probably 10 minutes too long, it's not a bad film, just not a film that's going to sweep you off your feet in terms of its romantic dramedy premise.

I give it 2.5 stars, or a grade of C+.
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Old 02-17-08, 07:16 AM
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I've been seeing many positive reviews for this rom-com. From Entertainment Weekly, SF Chronicle, to NY Times.
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Old 02-17-08, 09:51 AM
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It was really good. A lot better than any of the other romantic comedies out lately. Abigail was hilarious in the movie. The theatre wasn't too crowded though. It looks like this movie is going to be beaten by crap like Jumper & Step Up 2
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Old 02-18-08, 01:24 AM
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I really enjoyed this. It's nice to see a romantic comedy come up with a fresher method of creating 'romantic suspense' than the ridiculous ways most romcoms do.
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I thought this was a decent romantic comedy. It wasn't the best ever, but I don't feel like I wasted my money. I was worried about Ryan Reynolds being able to carry this kind of part, but was pleasantly surprised. The movie did take a little too long to wrap up and I am not sure I believe that Maya would be so quick to embrace a new girlfriend for her dad.
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Old 07-08-08, 02:44 AM
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Old 07-08-08, 10:40 AM
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I decided not to get this movie when it was released. I liked it in the theaters, but in retrospect I decided it wasn't that good. It ended up being a story about the girls' mom being a whorebag. Maybe mom 1 was banging an old geyser and making a play for daddy in the hallway at the same time. Maybe mom 2 banged the old roommate in what was probably a drunken encounter. It wasn't presented as though she was dating the old roommate just banged him for whatever reason. All people have a sexual history but your daughters' bedtime story should not be her mothers.
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Originally Posted by JimRochester
I decided not to get this movie when it was released. I liked it in the theaters, but in retrospect I decided it wasn't that good. It ended up being a story about the girls' mom being a whorebag. Maybe mom 1 was banging an old geyser and making a play for daddy in the hallway at the same time. Maybe mom 2 banged the old roommate in what was probably a drunken encounter. It wasn't presented as though she was dating the old roommate just banged him for whatever reason. All people have a sexual history but your daughters' bedtime story should not be her mothers.



And you probably shouldn't bring your daughter with you to meet your ex when she is still dealing with the separation of her parents.
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Old 07-20-08, 01:54 AM
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I just watched it with my wife, we rented it. Pretty good movie, Ryan Reynolds (aka Man of the Year for me) does a good job, nothing great, it's a romantic comedy, but good enough to keep the suspense. All the ladies look wonderful, I can't decide which looked better.
I almost cried when he said that she was the happy ending.
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I almost cried when he said that she was the happy ending.
Yeah, I got a little lump in my throat from that line too. Cheesy, but still effective.

I enjoyed the hook of not knowing who the mother is until near the end of the film, even if Reynolds is telling his daughter that
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her mom cheated on him while dating and also had a lesbian fling.


Reynolds is a little out of his league, and I'm not just saying that because he's married to the hottest chick in Hollywood.
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