Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (12A)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Apr 28 2009

Imagine yourself in a Hollywood pitch meeting. ‘Hey,’ says an executive, let’s do “A Christmas Carol”. But instead of that loser crap – lame boys on crutches – let’s make it about a sleazy Lothario at a wedding who learns that his lifestyle is, like, shallow. Plus, the spirits are hot chicks! And let’s cast the fratboy star who’s incapable of wearing a shirt whenever a photographer is around.’ You wonder: aren’t people tired of Matthew McConaughey’s aw-shucks act? The suit scoffs. It’s greenlit.

Sounds cynical? Yes, because this is the kind of breezy fantasy about recognising true love and courting redemption that inspires misanthropy. There’s precious little to laugh at – not the lead’s one-dimensional swagger, Michael Douglas’s Rat Pack-meets-Robert Evans jive talk or an anti-misogyny parable with the gall to make every female a neurotic shrew or a sex-starved harpy. McConaughey’s character must face up to past trangressions; maybe, one day, those behind this rancid farce will have to deal with theirs.
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12A

UK release:

Fri May 1, 2009

Duration:

100 mins

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filmer

I am actually embarrassed for McConughey, how pathetic do you have to be to say yes to something like this. Its awful on so many levels. It doesn't even deserve a star.

JJ Cocker

A very funny film with a real story that also bought a tear to my eye. Michael Douglas's character was a bit cheesy, but that was the whole point. An interesting adaptation of a Christmas Carol with a similar modern day approach that Pretty Woman took with My Fair Lady/Pygmalion. I guess it is a chick-flick so probably not what the boys wanna see, but maybe they should.

JJ Cocker

A very funny film with a real story that also bought a tear to my eye. Michael Douglas's character was a bit cheesy, but that was the whole point. An interesting adaptation of a Christmas Carol with a similar modern day approach that Pretty Woman took with My Fair Lady/Pygmalion. I guess it is a chick-flick so probably not what the boys wanna see, but maybe they should.

meg 4 ham

I'm goin to see this film tomorrow cause it looks good. Great reviews, apart from Time out, will be great to prove them wrong! Looks great and i'm sure will be great.

meg 4 ham

I'm goin to see this film tomorrow cause it looks good. Great reviews, apart from Time out, will be great to prove them wrong! Looks great and i'm sure will be great.

ELLIE POO

I HAVENT SEEN IT,BUT I HAVE SEEN THE AD AND IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD,AND I CANT WAIT 2 C IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

jaycee

much much better than the reviews say. McConughey has done this kind of thing before and too often, but the script and the other actors (especially Emma Stone and Michal Douglas) make it an entertaining fun film that keeps you laughing throughout. A lot funnier than most romcoms.

jaycee

much much better than the reviews say. McConughey has done this kind of thing before and too often, but the script and the other actors (especially Emma Stone and Michal Douglas) make it an entertaining fun film that keeps you laughing throughout. A lot funnier than most romcoms.

Russell

OK first off it's fairly obvious McConaughey cannot carry a film even one as light as this, but this is not a bad film, it's funny, Jennifer Garner is very good, Micheal Douglas is hamming it up gloriously... all in all it has its moments, if only they had cast Owen Wilson or even Vince Vaughan... or any of the others they usually use to play someone who is likeable despite being morally repugnant it woulda been better, but it's got laughs and aint a waste of an evening.

RyZo

I went to see this film with my girlfriend, im 14 and some people have been saying its not a guys film but i actually liked it quite a lot!

Pretty Pink Babe

I went to see the film last night with an Ex boyfriend, it was great seeing his face as i was relating to him the whole way through lol... great Girly flick but not a mans film,

morri

Not quite sure about this film,the concept was a good idea,but it lacked something. There were some funny parts,and a lovely ending, not as good as 17 again though.6/10

TRUTH TELLER

Despite the review, I went to see the movie because I'm in love with Jennifer Garner. What and sweet and feminine woman. I't 's worth about two stars really not the one given by the reviewer, maybe a little over two. It's a harmless romantic comedy with a happy ending. All fluff but the kind of movie you go to just because you're happy about summer arriving and you're looking forward to your holiday. Michael Douglas is in it playing Michael Douglas. It also features one of the most under-rated actors in any decade, Robert Forster. He plays a father and a Korean War veteran which is a tough road to go down since we've all seen Clint Eastwood in the Oscar-worthy Gran Torino. It's prediictable of course but pleasant enough. Women will love this movie. Men will tolerate it for the jokes and because it has around a thousand really good looking women. It does have the Christmas Carol theme but it also appears to be based on Mathew McConaughey's tumultuous life of of women, drink and then more women again. Don't be sexist Mathew, broads don't like that.

Charleigh

Omg. I cant beleive that the site gave it such a bad review its amazing! Btw The start treck film looks crap mind you i aint in to that sorta thing

Charleigh

Omg. I cant beleive that the site gave it such a bad review its amazing! Btw The start treck film looks crap mind you i aint in to that sorta thing

Rebecca

Ok, so this was never going to be high brow entertainment, but - for what it is - I enjoyed it. Far better than Failure to Launch and How to Lose a Man - I actually laughed out loud several times. If you are tempted (and I suspect David Fear would never have opted to view this had there not been a pay check in the offing) then go see it. Fluffy fun.

Molliieee

This Film Was Great I Loved It Soooo Much.. I Have Now Watched It 5 Times And I Still Want To Go Back And Watch It Again..!! x

Molliieee

This Film Was Great I Loved It Soooo Much.. I Have Now Watched It 5 Times And I Still Want To Go Back And Watch It Again..!! x