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Movie Review: Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe: Definitely Adorable

Sometimes I get to thinking that the whole romantic comedy genre could use a good shake-up to get out of the hole that movies like Fool’s Gold keep digging the genre into. Rom-coms with smart, secure yet interesting female characters would be one way to do this. Stories with a likable male protagonist who’s neither misogynistic nor a total weenie would be another good way. Definitely, Maybe actually manages to achieve both these things, and it’s truly a relief to see.

Somehow, the movie hits a sweet balance between completely adorable and realistic. There are a few cheesy moments and some genuinely funny parts, but the real reason the movie succeeds is due to the well-drawn, well-developed characters, each of whom I found myself liking and rooting for. Ryan Reynolds charmingly plays Will, whose young daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ divorce. She begs her father to tell her the story of his relationship with his mother: why they fell in love, etc. Reluctant, Will decides instead to tell her the stories of three women from his past, and Maya can guess which one ended up being her mother.

This sets up a fun storytelling structure: alternating between Will’s sweet, funny tales of romance — though some of them are so true-to-life it makes me cringe — we come back to little Maya and her spunky commentary. Sure, sometimes she’s sort of annoying, but it’s also cute and refreshing to get her take on things. She contemplates which of these three different women could be her mother: the kind, gentle Emily (Elizabeth Banks), the sassy and fun-loving April (Isla Fischer) or the fiercely independent and intellectual Summer (Rachel Weisz). There's more to the movie than just this, though, so


There are lots of good things about this movie. The performances are engaging and pretty much everyone in this movie is completely adorable. The relationship between father and daughter is incredibly endearing — as are the threads of sweet father-daughter relationships throughout the film — and the music is well-placed. In particular, the opening title sequence is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time: Will leaves work to pick up Maya at school and chooses a song on his iPod to enjoy during the walk. As we amble down the streets of Manhattan to the tune of "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone we watch the kaleidescope of New York life drift by a relaxed Will. My main complaint is that the movie feels long and drags in parts, though I also admit that it might be hard to get the full story with a shorter film.

Perhaps those terribly cheesy and poorly written rom-coms like Fool's Gold have lowered my standards for this genre, but I enjoyed the film immensely. It’s not the best movie you'll ever see, but as a heartwarming romance, it easily and satisfyingly hits its mark. Here's hoping other rom-coms take some cues from Definitely, Maybe.

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Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i loved this movie and my husband enjoyed it too!
SugarDaisy SugarDaisy 9 years
This was a really cute movie, I really liked it, but really... How I met your mother is a much better version of this concept. I would take the show over the movie, but still cute.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
Love this movie, love everyone in it, but i agree it lagged in many parts and I was really disturbed by the lewd language spoken by abigail breslin in her first scene.
pargie pargie 9 years
I love Rachel Weisz! Has she been in any bad movies?
snapsh0t snapsh0t 9 years
I'm definitely not a fan of the rom-com genre, since most of those movies seem shallow and unfunny. But I really liked this one, mostly due to its creativity and adorableness. I never thought I'd like a romantic comedy this much! :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I'm never a fan of these types of movies but I like everyone in the cast. I guess I'll wait for it to come out on DVD, though.
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i saw this last night and it is sooooooo cute! i'm as cynical as they come, so i usually hate romantic-comedies, but this was really well written, and the cast was great! plus, i loved seeing ryan reynolds sporting gear from my alma mater. GO RED!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
now this is a movie i do not want to see.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Awww I want to see this movie!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I am not usually a fan of romantic comedies because they all seem to be the same thing over and over, but this one sounds pretty good. Thanks for the review!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 9 years
I'm normally not much for rom-com's but it sounds like an interesting enough plot to make me want to see it.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I want to see this!!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
great review Buzz! when is out on dvd? i have vowed to only watch like 4 movies in theatres this year. i always watch some when i visit my family so i'll wait until then...although, i never have to pay for myself those times...hmm. maybe if something super good comes out.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
i saw isla on regis this morning, i didn't realize this movie was going to be told from the angle of the viewer not knowing which one he picks... that makes it much more interesting! can't wait to see it!
marcella marcella 9 years
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm a sucker for romantic comedies - so i'm excited about this movie. i'm going to check it out (assuming i can drag my man).
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I'm excited to see this one!
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
finally a romantic comedy with positive reviews! great cast. i'm actually excited about this one.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Awww! I doubt my boy would want to watch this though.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great review, Buzz. Really looking forward to seeing this.
figurine figurine 9 years
Aww, it sounds sweet. Love Rachel Weisz. :)
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
Hadn't really thought much about this one, but now I really would like to see it - I'm in the mood for this type of thing right now.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Did you see Ryan's interview on Conan last night? He told a hilarious story about taking Abigail to the Natural History Museum and buying her a $300 giraffe toy.
wytang627 wytang627 9 years
I have been looking forward to seeing this movie! Can;t wait! Its the prefect vday movie
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