Media Maven: “Definitely, Maybe” Movie Review

Media Maven: “Definitely, Maybe” Movie Review

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Definitely, Maybe
Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Kline, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fischer

I would definitely recommend seeing this movie, but maybe wait until it comes on DVD. “Definitely, Maybe” is a trite love story told in vignettes from a father to his precociously curious daughter.

After learning about procreation in her fifth grade science class Maya Hayes played by the engaging Abigail Breslin wants to know more about her father’s dating experiences prior to her conception.

Ryan Reynolds as Will Hayes plays Maya’s father. He gives a mature restrained performance which assists his credibility as playing a responsible parent. He has come a long way from the TV sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl” (1998-2001).

Heavyweights Rachel Wiesz, Kevin Kline, Elizabeth Banks and Isla Fisher join forces as colorful players in Will Hayes’ romantic past. Yet all perform their parts as stereotypes of the characters that they are playing. Rachel Wiesz is the sophisticated Manhattan sexually liberal, social climber. Kevin Kline plays the egotistic, self absorbed New York novelist, Hampton Roth. Elizabeth Banks plays the all American blonde haired, blue eyed girl. And Isla Fisher plays the impetuous free spirit that can’t commit and doesn’t know her own heart until its too late.

One of my male friends said that this is definitely a “chick flick,” but admitted it was enjoyable. He thought perhaps it was because it was a love story revolving around a male character. And also said that putting Kevin Kline in any movie raises its appeal quotient.

Ryan Reynolds, as an actor, continues to impress me with his maturity and his choices in films. However, I would be concerned if he were a real parent and told all about his past dalliances to his ten year old daughter as his character does in this film. Some information is meant to be savored and experienced only and not necessarily shared in detail with a child.

Hey, it’s Hollywood. It’s only make believe! Definitely! Maybe?

Rating: Three Chic Stars

Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.