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Definitely, Maybe

Published July 20, 2011

Definitely, Maybe

Film info

  • Title Definitely, Maybe
  • Director Adam Brooks
  • Year 2008
  • Run time 1hr 52m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline Three relationships, three disasters, one last chance

Will Hayes (Reynolds) is a 30-something father who is in the middle of a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), asks him to describe his life before he married her mother. For Maya, Will recounts his past as an ambitious young politician. He also recalls relationships he had with three very different women, changing their names so Maya has to guess who the woman is that her father finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Or his longtime best friend and confidante, April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited and ambitious journalist, Summer (Rachel Weisz)?

Background Info

The title of this film would ordinarily be enough to put me off, but it does have thingy from Home & Away in it, so why not? Ryan Reynolds was also in The Proposal, and we liked that one quite a lot. Never been too sure on Rachel Weisz though.

Live Blog

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00:02:33 - It’s not really the perfect song if it almost gets you killed. I like the concept though. **00:04:53 - Reason three billion not to have kids. ** 00:08:24 - In the trailer it seemed like she didn’t know who her mum was at all. That would be a whole different film. 00:09:59 - Wanting to be President isn’t embarrassing, is it?** ** 00:11:32 - “Everyone knows the girlfriend at the beginning of the story gets dumped.”** ** 00:12:41 - Okay, his optimism is embarrassing even if the dream isn’t.** **00:14:37 - Isla Fisher will never be known as anything but Shannon from Home & Away.** ** 00:16:05 - I like her, although I hear the Australian coming through her American accent.** **00:23:38 - I can’t believe he is telling all these grown up details to his daughter.** ** 00:27:15 - His name is Hampton! Like the court. 00:27:37 - There’s some excellent 90s music in this film. 00:29:51 - I want to wear a pencil behind my ear more often.** ** 00:33:20 - Who knew it was possible to have smoking competitions? 00:37:01 - “Will you, erm, marry me?”** ** 00:42:19 - I like her reason for buying books. 00:44:35 - If it’s such a big day, why isn’t he at work? 00:47:06 - I hope the kid apologises for making him relive such bad memories. 00:51:00 - Wow. Adverts in cafes saying “internet coming soon.” What was that like?** ** 00:52:55 - He has such an easy way of conversation. I’m jealous. 00:58:25 - She didn’t finish her song. 01:01:16 - Everyone in this film has very weird relationships with each other, but I like it. 01:07:26 - He can’t have never realised she came back for him. Some men, honestly.** **01:09:28 - How many engagement rings is he going to go through? He’s so Ross!** **01:20:05 - I’d like to go to life rehab. 01:34:31 - I’m disappointed she’s the mother, but the book could still play a crucial part.** **

Conclusions

So much better than I was expecting. I thought it would be a dreary romcom, but actually it was intriguing. A great idea, although the interruptions from the child were sometimes a little jarring. Having said that, I do think some films would benefit from a pause in the middle where the plot is explained to a ten year old.

There was nothing really very cliche about the film, which was nice to see and hear. I was invested in the characters and had an opinion one way or the other on the ending. It was good.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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