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The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009

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Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women--in that order. A committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships-past, present and future. Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love... or whether he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Robert Forster
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Robert Forster, Ama, Amanda Walsh, Anne Archer, Michael Douglas, Lacey Chabert, Emma Stone, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Garner
Director Mark Waters
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 September 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Robert Forster, Ama, Amanda Walsh, Anne Archer, Michael Douglas, Lacey Chabert, Emma Stone, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Garner
Director Mark Waters
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 September 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is living every man's dream. He has made a career out of photographing scantily clad women. But that's nothing compared to the string of women he's left behind him. No woman seems to be able to resist his charm, but once he's slept with them, he moves on. Heck, he is able to break up with three women at once on a conference chat while still getting the one in his room to sleep with him.

All that changes the weekend of his brother Paul's (Breckin Meyer) wedding. Connor is the best man, so he returns to his uncle Wayne's estate where he is reunited with his first crush Jenny (Jennifer Garner). But as he is putting his moves on everyone around him, he starts seeing ghosts. First, it's Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), who warns him about three more to come. Will Connor learn anything from these visits?

Quite obviously, this is the romantic comedy version of A Christmas Carol, a personal favorite of mine. Between that, Jennifer Garner, and the fun previews, I thought this might actually be fun. And it had a few fun moments. I laughed a few times. And I appreciated how the story was advanced with Connor interacting with the real people at the wedding in between the ghostly visits.

The acting, on the other hand, could have been better. Even Jennifer Garner wasn't up to her normal standards. The only one I really liked was Michael Douglas. The ghostly special effects, on the other hand, were great.

My problem with this movie lies squarely on the shoulders of the writers. It was written by two guys. Instead of being a romantic comedy where Connor learns an important lesson, this is really a guy's fantasy flick.
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Charles Dickens' novel, `A Christmas Carol' is one of those literary works that has not only been adapted for screen several times, but because is such a powerful story about redemption that resonates with people, it has also been updated and given contemporary twists in productions such as: Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Scrooged and The Muppet's Christmas Carol, to name a few.

Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past adds itself to the long line of remakes or reimagining's of this classic tale, but rather than having the lead character learn the error of his ways about his cruelty and miserly conduct, we have a womaniser learning how to respect women through the aid of his deceased playboy uncle and `ghost girlfriends'. Besides the main concept of three ghosts visiting someone to change their ways, the film doesn't share many similarities with its source material, mainly due to the fact it is a romantic comedy.

Matthew McConaughey plays Connor Meade (not Ebenezer Scrooge!) who has been a notorious flirt and playboy since his early teens, with such misogynist behaviour as breaking up with three girls at once, on a conference call. Despite his ungentlemen-like behaviour, he still has much luck with the ladies and finds himself in many romantic trysts. He goes to his brother's wedding rehearsal dinner and after insulting many of the guests, he finds himself visited by the ghost of his uncle (Michael Douglas) who was the inspiration behind his womanising ways. His uncle explains that if he continues down thus path that he will die alone and that three ghosts will visit him and help him change his ways.

I'd never watched a Matthew McConaughey film before but I had heard negative opinions of his `acting skills'.
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Purchased as part of a Secret Santa triple pack with Daniel O'Donnell's Dreaming, and Dead Snow, this Matthew McConaughey film features the great man leaning backwards on the cover, and Jennifer Garner pulling a funny face (the only face I want to see Garner pull is one of deep contrition for her part in the Ricky Gervais atrocity The Invention of Lying).

As for the plot, there isn't one.
Ladies' man Matt realises he's getting on a bit, and starts thinking about all his ex-girlfriends in A Christmas Carol type way (I don't know, I haven't seen it, but the title suggests that's what's going on- right on).

If you want to see McConaughey in a funny romantic comedy, buy Killer Joe.
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By Ms T TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
* What's it about?
Matthew McConaughey plays a smarmy womanizer who "plays the game" just to get women to sleep with them and then drops them. But when his little brother gets married, the occasion brings some people from his past under one roof, giving him a new perspective of things.

* What did I think about it?
Very well-paced, bordering on fast-paced; not boring for a second. It's a shame McConaughey's character is so unlikeable because it makes the whole movie a little less likeable in my opinion, but the story is a pretty good one and I appreciated the clever way the story brought things full circle and closed all the loose ends at the end, providing a very satisfying ending.

* Overall:
Not an all-time favourite for me, partly because the story was a little predictable, partly because of Emma Stones' character who was a little annoying, but mostly because of McConaughey's sleezy character. Having said that, it's still a reasonably good movie: for the story and general entertainment factor, I'd say it's worth a watch.
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