Rated: PG-13 some language, sexual content throughout and a drug reference Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 1, 2009 Released by: New Line Cinema
While there are moments of solid comedy in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past the level of obnoxious language just doesn't fit for a comedy which should be enjoyed based on a wedding situation.
Photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a shallow guy who very seldom spends a night alone. Why he is unwilling to commit is what the script reaches back into his young life to reveal.
If his brother Paul (Breckin Meyer) is truly able to fall in love it is with Sandra (Lacey Chabert) who he intends to marry over the objections of Connor who does not believe in marriage. Connor works at destroying the pending marriage both directly and through accidental happenings just before the wedding.
Sandra's dad, Sergeant Volkom effectively played by Robert Forster manages to bring comedy through his military language to the management of the wedding.
Jennifer Garner is Jenny Connor's first love and probably the cause of his unwillingness to make a commitment. He certainly has many conquests and a lifestyle which most men would envy. But of course that type of life can not bring the satisfaction of the commitment his brother has to Sandra.
Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) is the model for Connor's life he lead a free loose loving life with many women and he still looks good as a ghost appearing to warn that spirits will appear over night, the similarity to "A Christmas Carol" is not masked at all. This obnoxious character has a long way to go to get his act together. Emma Stone is the ghost who was Connor's first lover as a teenager, steals the comic action as she put him through the rigger of his past, present and future life while riding on a large comfortable bed.
By the time of the wedding cake debacle it was not longer possible to bring the story into a worthy comedy. The forced use of offbeat language is more uncomfortable than humorous.
At times it is less comfortable to watch than Rachel Getting Married when it should be more like the fun of Betsy's Wedding.
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