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Definitely, Maybe - comedy DVD review
DEFINITELY, MAYBE Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 2 1/2 stars
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher, Kevin Kline
Director: Adam Brooks   Studio: Universal Studios
DVD release:24 June 2008   Runtime: 84 minutes (1 disc)
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
DVD features: Audio (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, Spanish, French), Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), Deleted scenes, Creating a Romance, "The Changing Times of Definitely, Maybe," Feature commentary with Adam Brooks and Ryan Reynolds

Give me a good romantic comedy and I'm happy. And after watching Definitely, Maybe, I'm happy, even though the ending made me cry. All in all, this movie is lightweight and fairly predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless, outlining not only three failed love affairs of one man but also the disastrous political scene in of the 1990s in the U.S.

Ryan Reynolds plays Will Hayes, unsatisfied with his job and going through a divorce. His 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), has just had her first sex-ed class and wants to know how her parents met. Will lets it slip that he actually had three serious girlfriends, and when Maya wants the details Will creates a mystery story, changing the names so Maya (and the audience) has to figure out who is who, and ultimately which one is her mother. In a series of flashbacks, Will recounts his early career as a political activist and his back-and-forth, bad-timing love affairs with three different women over several years. The flashbacks are interrupted occasionally when Maya has questions about the three women - Emily (Elizabeth Banks) Summer (Rachel Weisz), and April (Isla Fisher).

Clothing styles and technology change over time (remember the first huge cell phones and dial-up only Internet?), and the characters end up interweaving. Just when you think one of the women is definitely the mother, bad timing or a painful remark ends the romance. But, somehow, Will manages to keep in touch - or, in a case of good timing, runs into one of the three women after another has just dumped him.

The movie is well-acted (young Abigail Breslin is a keeper,) and includes some memorable performance from quite a few familiar faces like Kevin Kline, Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher), and Annie Parisse (Law and Order).

Although there's not a lot of outright comedy in this romantic comedy, there is lots of romance (but no sex scenes, so it's definitely PG-13 safe) and it ultimately portrays the true love that only a parent can give a child, and vice versa. Although it may not be destined for "classic" status, Definitely, Maybe is a solid, charming and entertaining movie, and an enjoyable 2-hour diversion that will pull at your heartstrings.
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reviewed by Nancy Atkinson
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