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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Toilet Roll Guy And Copy Girl..." – Definitely, Maybe on BLU RAY, 21 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Definitely, Maybe [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
30-year old idealist Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) walks in the sunshine from his Manhattan offices with earphones lodged in his ears. As the myriad of faces and cultures passes him by – he’s pleased to have chosen the perfect song for the day he’s having - "Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone. Because a short time earlier - hapless Will received divorce papers in the mail - and now he’s off to meet his 10-year old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) to explain about that 'mommy' issue…

But when he gets home and has to put Maya to bed – she is confused. Just who of Dad’s many past female indiscretions – is mom? Forcing Will to start at the beginning (or she won’t go to sleep nor give him any peace) – he unveils his three big pre-marital affairs one by one in story form in order to placate the inquisitive and searching mite.

Starting in 1992 (when cell phones are new and the revolution of The Net is two years away) we see a fired-up Will with big political ambitions and a burning need to make a difference. He leaves behind his high-school sweetheart and friend Emily (Elizabeth Banks) – both promising undying love and fidelity - and heads for the Big Apple. There he enlists enthusiastically in the Bill Clinton election campaign and is immediately put to work getting coffee and distributing toilet rolls (very funny work from Adam Ferrara as Gareth the campaign manager). Then one day he meets the mouthy but cute photocopy girl April who doesn’t care about politics (Isla Fisher) and they start a frazzled on-off talking relationship even though Will’s still technically with Emily – his girlfriend from way back. But there’s more temptation than cigarettes with April on the horizon…

Next he encounters the sexy free-flowing force that is Summer (Rachel Weisz) – an English woman shacked up with a mad writer twice her age (a very funny Kevin Kline) cueing another fling and another disaster. In fact it seems that all of Will’s female relationships seem to be fleeting and tinged with mistakes – like he hasn’t identified who the 'real one' is yet. But maybe that cute redhead he keeps coming back to – the one who talks it straight and seems to hold a candle for him - will be up for a second chance after another screw-up between them? Maybe Dad and daughter Maya will find a keeper ladylove this time…

"Definitely, Maybe" comes to us by the makers of "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jone's Diary" - so we’re firmly in awkward rom-com territory. But what gives it pizzazz and likeability is the great zippy script and a slew of hugely admirable actors and actresses clearly enjoying a nice 'little film' about love and redemption (and big hairdos).

Defaulted to 2.35:1 Aspect ratio - the BLU RAY picture quality is top notch (as you’d expect of a 2008 film) and comes with an English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. Other audio includes French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American Spanish DTS Surround 5.1 and even Russian 2.0. Subtitles are English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish and Traditional Mandarin.

"Definitely, Maybe" isn’t a masterpiece of the genre – but it is great fun – and has a loveliness at its heart that is rare. I wouldn’t be undecided about this one…
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