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      Definitely, Maybe

      2008, Romance/Comedy, 1h 52m

      148 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre. Read critic reviews

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      Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds), a thirtysomething Manhattanite, is in the middle of divorce proceedings when his young daughter (Abigail Breslin) asks him about his life before marriage, including how he met and fell in love with her mother. Will flashes back to 1992 and recounts his romances with three women, changing their names so that his daughter must guess which one became his wife.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Sexual Content|Language|Smoking|Some Frank Dialogue)

      • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Adam Brooks

      • Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

      • Writer: Adam Brooks

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $32.0M

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      • Distributor: Universal Pictures

      • Production Co: Working Title Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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      • Apr 19, 2022

        Basically How I Met Your Mother as a movie with a better twist ending, Definitely, Maybe is mostly a cute movie. Was it ever laugh-out-loud funny? Not really, but it was consistently charming in large part due to it's fun approach to the rom-com formula and the undeniable charms of its lead cast. Ryan Reynolds gives 110% to every performance he gives and this is no different and he's a lot of fun, but so are his female costars as the possible moms; not to mention young Abigail Breslin as the precocious daughter. The movie rides a lot on charm, but fortunately the charm works.

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      • Jul 07, 2019

        A very charming film, entertaining to bits, with great performances (especially Ryan Reynolds'), though the plot is complicated at times and the sad moments are too heartbreaking...

        serge e Super Reviewer
      • Jan 05, 2018

        I've always had a soft spot for this one, and well done romantic comedies in general. Yes, they are lightning rods for criticism, sometimes bordering on schmaltz and/or formulaic. However, 'Definitely, Maybe' avoids all that reasonably well, and is as entertaining for me as the classic films of this genre from yesteryear, with a script peppered with funny lines, a great cast, and an endearing plot. A young girl (Abigail Breslin) demands that her father (Ryan Reynolds) tell her about the time he met her mother, and why it is that despite falling in love then, they're now heading for divorce. Reynolds agrees under the condition he won't reveal which of the women in the story of his past ultimately became her mother. Told in a flashback, we see his early years working on the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, and the women in his life (Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, and Rachel Weisz). All of the principals turn in strong performances, with Isla Fisher in particular dialing up her considerable charms. The subplot of collecting old editions of 'Jane Eyre' with inscriptions in them, along with the scene with the line "I kept the book because it was the only thing that I had left of you" is touching. The proposal scene in Central Park is also fantastic. Director Adam Brooks captures some great shots in New York and includes a great soundtrack. This is a smart, funny, and entertaining rom-com.

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      • Sep 06, 2016

        How much did Brooks get paid to write this crap? No one will ever know. I had to start skipping to better parts cuz I was completely bored after 20 minutes. I just can't believe the plot, characters nor the SCORE. That's how bad the film was. It was not funny, it was not clever, it was plain boring.

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