Ghost Movie

by admin on July 5, 2010

ghost movie

ghost movie

A silly implementation of a workable premise is saved by loads of terrific, snappy one-liners in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

Matthew McConaughey, aided by a hip and catchy Michael Douglas, manages to deliver a performance so immersed in funny lines that you can stay with the film just anticipating what he’s going to say next. The concept of a promiscuously womanizing Vanity Fair photographer, whose only dedication is dumping women after he’s convinced them that love is on the way, is in itself ultimately fertile in bringing up many issues of the deeper meanings of a married life versus lifetime bachelorhood.

At its best in its ability to make the subject of seduction a dominating and continuous appeal, the script is a virtual concentration of verbal foreplay which demands, and gets, very funny repartee. McConaughey is a reliable charmer and each of the female characters is given commendable effort in quick fleshing out.

The resolutions are cleverly managed so as to give interesting observations of how love triumphs over the vacancy of an unattached life without ever losing the waggish appeal.

So is this guy totally lost? This celebrity photographer, Connor Mead, is so in love with total freedom and carefree fun with women that he can even pull some stunts like getting a whole bunch of his current dates on the phone at once and dumping them all on a conference call. In his own words, love is a myth.

He lives a life of pure mockery of love and romance. OK for him, but his younger brother Paul (Breckin Meyer) and all his dear friends and family are really scared that Connor may, intentionally or not, screw up Paul’s upcoming wedding. This does indeed look like it may happen at the pre-wedding proceedings at the sumptuous seaside mansion (set in Newport, filmed in the Castle Hill mansion in Ipswich, Mass.), during which Connor takes Paul aside and vigorously tries to talk him out of this thing called wedlock. While he’s at it, he actually tries to score with the bride’s mother (Anne Archer).

But now Connor is visited by the ghost of his deceased Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), a man whose own womanizing and wedlock cynicism had affected Connor as a child. He initiates a tour of the ghosts, past and present, of the dumped girlfriends of Connor’s past. Conducting the tour is Connor’s first girlfriend, Allison (Emma Stone).

In the process they take him down the ill-plotted courses of romance he’d had with them, with their mission to show him what an insensitive and self-destructive jerk he’d been. As things go on, Connor is brought to realize that there was at least one woman, Jenny (Jennifer Garner), whose deeper attractions had been overlooked by him and now set him to thinking.

Film quality and credibility is not of commanding relevance in plots like this. One must reflect immediately at how in the world all these woman are even in a situation to give their help regarding Connor. And why would they even care? What counts is the entertainment value, which is more than adequate.

No, it’s not “good” film but yes, it’s very funny.

“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (my 8-10 rating: 6)

Director: Mark Waters

Screenplay: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas, Breckin Meyer.

Time: 1 hr., 40 min.

Rating: PG-13 (considerable sexual content, moderate vulgarity, one drug reference) Marty Meltz, 30-year former films critic for the Portland (Maine) Sunday Telegram. Offering right-to-the-point reviews that address directly the question of the film’s entertainment value to you. Films have personalities. It doesn’t matter who wrote it, who directs it, who stars in it, if it doesn’t reach out to you with charisma. I examine its honesty and intelligence. Are you being respected, or are you being jerked around?

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