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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Matthew McConaughey plays the role of Scrooge, only this time he isn’t all Bah-Humbug about Christmas, its love that he has a problem with, and what better place to air out his problems with the fickle emotion then at his Brother’s wedding. As the story goes he’s met by three ghosts who take him into the past, present, and future to show him the error of his ways. The Marley character is played by Michael Douglas, McConaughey’s sleazy mentor and Uncle and his love interest by Jennifer Garner. Emma Stone (The House Bunny) also stars.

I wont lie when I say that upon first seeing the trailer for this film and taking in its plot I wasn’t instantly enthralled by it. My poor romantic comedy genre has been through hell and back with the amount of films Judd Apatow and company have put out over the past few years. Like those films Ghosts of Girlfriends Past uses the same formula; sleazy characters, sexuality, and a strange twisted kind of love as the backdrop. While the film does manage to keep you laughing the traditional sense of love story is all but tossed out the window. There is a little bit of chemistry between Garner and McConaughey but not enough to pull you away from the character McConaughey plays in the film. He’s unlikable and considering his character has been that way for 20 years in the film there isn’t much realistic hope that our boy will change once he gets what he wants. That plot hole is so large you can drive a semi through it and still have room to spare. With that being said happy endings in the film just don’t amount to a whole lot and considering that’s the purpose of the film I give it a big fat fail in that department. If you want a good laugh there is plenty to be had but if your looking for substance you wont find it here. 


AJ Garcia
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