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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
     

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

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Director: Mark S. Waters, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas

Cast: Mark S. Waters, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas

 

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's wedding, where he becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. After Connor delivers a drunken speech at the rehearsal dinner where he says that love isn't real, he's met in the bathroom by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Dogulas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Uncle Wayne informs Connor that, over the course of the evening, he'll be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. Will Connor learn to get over himself and love the right woman, or will he remain an emotional Scrooge?

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There are only so many ways to spice up the traditional romantic comedy formula, which is probably why many of them are so dull and familiar.Ghosts of Girlfriends Past stars Matthew McConaughey as über-famous womanizing photographer Connor Mead, a single man so entrenched in his love 'em and leave 'em lifestyle he'll use a video conference to break up with three girls simultaneously. He takes time out of his busy playboy schedule to attend his brother's wedding, where he comes face to face with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever truly captured his heart. Because the two have known each other since childhood, Jenny seems to be the only one who can call Connor out on his emotionally empty life and bad-boy behavior. After the rehearsal dinner -- where Connor, who hates all weddings, delivers a drunken speech about how love isn't real -- he's visited by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Wayne tells Connor that three more ghosts will visit Connor that night. They proceed to show him his romantic past, present, and future, in an attempt for him to get over himself and recognize his true feelings for Jenny. Mark S. Waters is the kind of filmmaker who won't screw up a good script (Mean Girls), but he's not talented enough to make subpar material tolerable (Just Like Heaven). Because this script is so paint-by-numbers, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past shows off Waters' best and worst qualities as a director. On the plus side, he trusts his actors when the material is good, allowing them to get laughs when the dialogue is genuinely funny. On the minus side, he encourages over-the-top performances in order to disguise the flat jokes and lame slapstick set pieces -- something that makes many of the characters more annoying than endearing. But when the jokes are good -- or even just not awful -- the actors deliver. Sure McConaughey has been typecast in this role for years, but that's because he's good at it. The man knows how to mix his trademark laid-back attitude with a hint of vulnerability that makes him appealing to both men and women who want to see this kind of movie. But it's Michael Douglas who walks off with the movie because he's got most of the best lines -- his robe-clad, highball-swigging swinger gives the movie what little fresh energy it has. But "freshness" isn't even the point. After all, the people who want to see this movie will want it to be exactly what they expect. It's the movie equivalent of fast food -- nobody needs this to be good, just adequate. And Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is nothing if not thoroughly adequate.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
UPC:
0794043128448
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

The Legends, the Lessons and the Ladies: Matthew McConaughey and Michael Douglas compare notes on playing legendary screen ladies' men; It's All About Connor: Get the dope on the real Matthew McConaughey from co-stars Jennifer Garner, lacey Chabert and Anne Archer; Behind the scenes: Learn how the movie's cast and creators wove ast-, present- and future-era dialogue, styles and trends into a delightful whole; Additional scenes and exclusive features via BD-Live

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew McConaughey Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas Uncle Wayne
Breckin Meyer Paul Mead
Lacey Chabert Sandra Volkom
Emma Stone Allison Vandermeersh
Anne Archer Vonda Volkom
Robert Forster Sgt. Volkom
Amanda Walsh Denice the Bridesmaid

Technical Credits
Mark S. Waters Director,Executive Producer
Maria Baker Art Director
Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Ginny Brewer Co-producer
Samuel J. Brown Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Brad Epstein Producer
Geralyn Flood Casting
Bruce Green Editor
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Marci Liroff Casting
Jon Lucas Screenwriter
Scott Moore Screenwriter
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Jonathan Shestack Producer
Jessica Tuchinsky Executive Producer
Marcus Viscidi Executive Producer
Cary White Production Designer
Denise Wingate Costumes/Costume Designer

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey)as a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner). The ghost of his self-taught womanizing Uncle Wayne (Michael Dogulas), who tells him that he will be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. Sounds familiar but not the same. Connor is brought back to the family mansion due to the impending marriage of his brother Paul Mead (Breckin Meyer). Sgt. Volkom (Robert Forster) is the father of the bride Sandra Volkom (Lacey Chabert) and a retired Marine, whom I like!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is a waste of time. Just watch the original Christmas Carol. Or an Adam Sandler movie if you want a laugh. You won't find one here (at least one you haven't heard already in high school).
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