I have to admit that I hesitated to see Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. I just didn’t think that Mathew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner had the chemistry to make this film come alive, but Mark Waters knew what he was doing. McConaughey and Garner are perfect as they slowly heat up the screen with their desire for one another. But in the mean time, it’s charming, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny!
Celebrity photographer Connor Mead ( MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) loves freedom, fun and women...in that order. A committed bachelor with a no-strings policy, he thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call while prepping his next date.
Connor's brother Paul is more the romantic type. In fact, he's about to be married. Unfortunately, on the eve of the big event, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for Paul, the wedding party and a houseful of well wishers--including Connor's childhood friend Jenny ( JENNIFER GARNER), the one woman in his life who has always seemed immune to his considerable charm.
Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he gets a wake-up call from the ghost of his late Uncle Wayne ( MICHAEL DOUGLAS), the hard-partying, legendary ladies man upon whose exploits Connor has modeled his lifestyle. Uncle Wayne has an urgent message for his protégé, which he delivers through the ghosts of Connor's jilted girlfriends--past, present and future--who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through a lifetime of failed relationships.
McConaughey is perfectly cast as the gorgeous, arrogant ladies man who protects his heart from being broken. The only thing that he loves is himself and his booze. His break up with three women on a conference call is arrogantly, funny. Later as he becomes vulnerable, his heart is revealed and McConaughey shows his emotional acting ability when he realizes the many hearts he’s broken. He moans, groans, screams and throughout the movie is hilarious. His ability to become a selfish arrogant sex symbol, turn sweet selfless human being is a natural gift that McConaughey is blessed with.
Garner is the adorable girl next door who is now a doctor. Her role is sort of mundane, but she is so sweet you can’t help but fall in love with her. Her big dimples and loving eyes draw you into the screen. Her scenes with Connor are genuine and touching and you easily want to cheer her on.
Douglas is truly brilliant and hilarious in all his scenes. Without him, the movie would not be complete. As rich Uncle Wayne whose main goals is to raise Mead just like him is priceless.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is directed by Mark Waters from a script by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, and produced by Jon She stack and Brad Epstein. Executive producers are Marcus Viscidi, Mark Waters, Jessica Tuchinsky, Toby Emmerich, Cale Boyter and Samuel J. Brown, with Ginny Brewer as co-producer. The creative team includes director of photography Daryn Okada, production designer Cary White, editor Bruce Green and costume designer Denise Wingate. Music is by Rolfe Kent. Executive music producer is Ralph Sall.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
It is rated by the MPAA PG-13 for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a contemporary, cute postmodern remake of A Christmas Carol. There are a lot of scenes full of laughs that will take you away from your troubles throughout the movie. But what if you could see your past, watch the present and know your future? This movie may make you come out thinking about the person you really are.