Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Film, Comedy
1 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars
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.

By: David Fear



Release details

Release date:
Friday May 1 2009
100 mins

Cast and crew

Mark Waters
Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Matthew McConaughey
Jennifer Garner
Michael Douglas
Breckin Meyer
Lacey Chabert
Robert Forster
Anne Archer
Emma Stone
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