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Definitely, Maybe
     

Definitely, Maybe

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Director: Adam Brooks, Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke

Cast: Adam Brooks, Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke

 

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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 (Abigail Breslin) is heartbroken to see her parents splitting up, but she's

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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 (Abigail 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 (Ryan 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 (Elizabeth Banks) was the girl-next-door that he could always depend on, apolitical April (Isla Fisher) was the best friend and confidante who was always there to listen, and free-spirited journalist Summer (Rachel 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.

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In subject matter alone, Definitely, Maybe is a lot like "How I Met Your Mother: The Movie." A cleverly structured story told by a father, in which he challenges his daughter to identify her mother from among three different love interests, would be more than enough to sustain a good date movie released just in time for Valentine's Day. Yet writer-director Adam Brooks isn't content with something so conventional. In fact, he's also managed to make Definitely, Maybe a period piece involving the presidency of Bill Clinton. Going well beyond expectations, Brooks uses the politician's tumultuous career as a metaphor for how the bloom comes off the rose in any courtship, making Clinton a narrative touchpoint -- from fresh-faced candidate to weary veteran strung up by his own semantics. It's an apt metaphor, as Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is divorcing his wife, meaning the story within the story will have an unhappy ending. If this sounds too ambitious or a bit of a bummer, that's underestimating Brooks' bright writing and finesse with his attractive and charming cast. The role of romantic leading man suits Reynolds just fine; in fact, the actor seems relieved to abandon the over-the-top schtick of his past roles. Whether Will's in the arms of April (Isla Fisher), Emily (Elizabeth Banks), or Summer (Rachel Weisz), the exchanges are lively and funny. What's more, Brooks does a decent job creating suspense over the identities of both his wife and his true love. Most viewers will pick up on where the clues point -- conventionally structured as those clues must be -- but that doesn't make the journey any less enjoyable. Fisher, Banks, and Weisz see to that, with a little help from a precocious Abigail Breslin as Will's daughter, and an acerbic Kevin Kline as a boozy college professor.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
UPC:
0025195004503
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
10,774

Special Features

Creating a romance; The changing times of "Definitely, Maybe"; Feature commentary with director Adam Brooks and star Ryan Reynolds; Deleted scenes and much more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Reynolds Will Hayes
Isla Fisher April
Derek Luke Russell McCormack
Abigail Breslin Maya Hayes
Elizabeth Banks Emily
Rachel Weisz Summer Hartley
Adam Ferrara Gareth
Annie Parisse Anne
Liane Balaban Kelly
Nestor Serrano Arthur Robredo
Kevin Corrigan Rafael
Jaime Tirelli Simon
Kevin Kline Roth Hampton

Technical Credits
Adam Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Florian Ballhaus Cinematographer
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Bevan Producer
Tim Bird Asst. Director
Stephanie Carroll Production Designer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Ali Farrell Casting
Eric Fellner Producer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Kerry Orent Executive Producer
Peter Rogness Art Director
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Peter Teschner Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Definitely, Maybe
1. Totally on Purpose (Main Titles) [5:56]
2. Once Upon a Time [5:47]
3. Missing You [7:06]
4. Personal Revelation [2:47]
5. Cultivated Curiosity [6:10]
6. Moving Up [4:01]
7. Rehearsed Proposal [6:22]
8. Stuck in a Rut [4:00]
9. We Had a Plan [8:23]
10. I Got a Crush [7:51]
11. Working Relationship [5:56]
12. Happy For You [3:44]
13. Heartbroken [1:26]
14. In Love [4:25]
15. It's Complicated [6:01]
16. An Old Flame [7:07]
17. Happy Ending [6:00]
18. Never Quite Right [3:14]
19. Last Chance [4:25]
20. End Titles [5:55]

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Definitely, Maybe 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this very warm romantic movie. I have watched it to many times to not want to go back and feel the warmth this movie represents. It is true to life stories and it makes you understand what life is all about.... How relationships get messed up and how great they can turn out. Have Faith!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not overly cheesy and that is such a relief! Told through a series of flashbacks, the story of a girl's mom is told from the dad's perspective. It's sweet and has a good cast so I would say go ahead and watch it.
NimueKR More than 1 year ago
This movie was great. It had humor, heartache, love, friendship and showed a special father/daughter bond.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie, this is nothing special, but it is a great movie. It's the epitome of a romantic-comedy. It is somewhat predictable but I laughed quite a few times throughout, and even caught myself smiling during those certain parts. They all play their parts perfectly and leave you walking away pleased. I would definitely recommend this.. maybe. :"
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