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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Matthew McConaughey  Actor Jennifer Garner  Actor Michael Douglas  Actor Breckin Meyer  Actor Lacey Chabert  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Adult Language,Sexual Situations,Drug Content

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Theatrical Release Date: 2009 02 06 (USA) / 2009 05 01 (USA)

UPC: 794043124921

Studio: New Line Home Video

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Drug Content]

Summary: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's wedding, where he becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. After Connor delivers a drunken speech at the rehearsal dinner where he says that love isn't real, he's met in the bathroom by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Dogulas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Uncle Wayne informs Connor that, over the course of the evening, he'll be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. Will Connor learn to get over himself and love the right woman, or will he remain an emotional Scrooge? ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Format: DVD

Release Date: 09/22/2009

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
1. Booked Solid Credits [3:09]
2. Bulk breakup [2:57]
3. His best behavior [5:08]
4. All the old tricks [2:05]
5. Not the best toast [4:36]
6. Uncle Wayne [2:41]
7. Mother of the bride [3:03]
8. How it's done [3:56]
9. Really Allison [1:58]
10. First relationship [2:59]
11. Neither first nor last [4:31]
12. Becoming like a son [4:57]
13. Totally cheesy now [5:32]
14. Romantic montage [2:46]
15. What he does best [3:01]
16. Nightmare takes the cake [5:48]
17. No dirtbags [3:06]
18. Tender to twisted [4:33]
19. All the lady tears [4:33]
20. Disinvited [2:34]
21. Future shock [3:37]
22. Party's over [2:51]
23. Nuptial intervention [5:31]
24. From this day on [3:48]
25. Just you and me [4:49]
26. End Credits [5:50]

Perry Seibert

There are only so many ways to spice up the traditional romantic comedy formula, which is probably why many of them are so dull and familiar.Ghosts of Girlfriends Past stars Matthew McConaughey as über-famous womanizing photographer Connor Mead, a single man so entrenched in his love 'em and leave 'em lifestyle he'll use a video conference to break up with three girls simultaneously. He takes time out of his busy playboy schedule to attend his brother's wedding, where he comes face to face with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever truly captured his heart. Because the two have known each other since childhood, Jenny seems to be the only one who can call Connor out on his emotionally empty life and bad-boy behavior. After the rehearsal dinner -- where Connor, who hates all weddings, delivers a drunken speech about how love isn't real -- he's visited by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Wayne tells Connor that three more ghosts will visit Connor that night. They proceed to show him his romantic past, present, and future, in an attempt for him to get over himself and recognize his true feelings for Jenny.

Mark S. Waters is the kind of filmmaker who won't screw up a good script (Mean Girls), but he's not talented enough to make subpar material tolerable (Just Like Heaven). Because this script is so paint-by-numbers, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past shows off Waters' best and worst qualities as a director. On the plus side, he trusts his actors when the material is good, allowing them to get laughs when the dialogue is genuinely funny. On the minus side, he encourages over-the-top performances in order to disguise the flat jokes and lame slapstick set pieces -- something that makes many of the characters more annoying than endearing.

But when the jokes are good -- or even just not awful -- the actors deliver. Sure McConaughey has been typecast in this role for years, but that's because he's good at it. The man knows how to mix his trademark laid-back attitude with a hint of vulnerability that makes him appealing to both men and women who want to see this kind of movie. But it's Michael Douglas who walks off with the movie because he's got most of the best lines -- his robe-clad, highball-swigging swinger gives the movie what little fresh energy it has.

But "freshness" isn't even the point. After all, the people who want to see this movie will want it to be exactly what they expect. It's the movie equivalent of fast food -- nobody needs this to be good, just adequate. And Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is nothing if not thoroughly adequate. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Marcus Viscidi  Executive Producer 
Rolfe Kent  Composer (Music Score) 
Jonathan Shestack  Producer 
Brad Epstein  Producer 
Mark S. Waters  Director 
Mark S. Waters  Executive Producer 
Toby Emmerich  Executive Producer 
Cale Boyter  Executive Producer 
Scott Moore  Screenwriter 
Jon Lucas  Screenwriter 
Jessica Tuchinsky  Executive Producer 
Samuel J. Brown  Executive Producer 
Matthew McConaughey  Actor 
Jennifer Garner  Actor 
Michael Douglas  Actor 
Breckin Meyer  Actor 
Lacey Chabert  Actor 
Emma Stone  Actor 
Anne Archer  Actor 
Robert Forster  Actor 
Amanda Walsh  Actor 

Country: USA