Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Written and directed by Adam Brooks
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher
Political consultant Will Hayes (Reynolds) is facing his toughest challenge yet. His 11-year-old daughter Maya (Breslin) wants him to explain his impending divorce and the many relationships of his younger years.
This is a fun heartwarming comedy written and directed by Adam Brooks (Practical Magic). The film stars Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), Abigail Breslin (Ender’s Game), Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Banks (The Lego Movie), and Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby).
This film takes a somewhat different approach to the romantic comedy genre. The story focuses on the relationship between the main character and his daughter first. The remainder of the film uses flashbacks to follow the narrative of the story. This works well, and isn’t quite as gimmicky as similar films. The dialogue in this one is nicely written to stay fun, and rarely seems to get more serious than necessary. While this isn’t as successful as other flashback reliant films (think High Fidelity) it’s still a fun movie that really pays off nicely.
This one features nice performances from the entire cast. This was early in the rise of Ryan Reynolds and he does a good job leading the way. He’s also able to find wonderful chemistry with all of the women he plays opposite in this one. His work with Abigail Breslin is also really great. She does a good job playing within the age of her character while somehow being wise beyond her years. Elizabeth Banks also does a great job in this one. She’s one of the many women that share the screen with Reynolds. Rachel Weisz also does good work with her role. Isla Fisher is another great addition to the movie. Overall, the cast does a great job coming together in this fun and warm romantic comedy.
This is a fun movie that fans of the stars will definitely want to see. The film should also appeal to fans of romantic comedies like You’ve Got Mail or When Harry Met Sally. The little twists and turns make this worth watching more than once, so if it’s been a while check it out again. I give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.