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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  1 May 2009 (USA)
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While attending his brother's wedding, a serial womanizer is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.


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Connor Mead, a successful fashion photographer and a Lothario keen on casual sex, goes to his younger brother's wedding to convince him not to marry. He arrives at his dead uncle's estate during the rehearsal the night before the wedding; he starts in, taking his brother aside, trashing marriage. Later in the men's room, his uncle, who taught Connor all he knows about women, appears to him, confesses to have been wrong, and tells Connor that three ghosts will visit him that night: the ghosts of girlfriends past, present, and future. Connor has already set the breakup in motion. Can he learn anything from his life and fix what he's broken? Written by <>

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You can't always run from your past

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los fantasmas de mi ex  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£976,780 (UK) (1 May 2009)


$52,236,131 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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This is the second time that Christa B. Allen has played the younger version of a character played by Jennifer Garner. The first was in 13 Going on 30 (2004). See more »


During rehearsal, when the bride and groom are facing each other, they're told by Sergeant Volkom to turn 180 degrees. They do however turn 90 degrees, facing the room (as they should). Had they in fact turned 180 degrees they would of course be standing back to back instead. See more »


Uncle Wayne: Took her into the coat-check only to find she's got ten pin under her dress.
Connor Mead: No! Wait... what?
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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Movie Review from The Massie Twins
30 April 2009 | by ( – See all my reviews

It's a cleverly comedic twist on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and surprisingly entertaining even though it's obviously a vehicle for Matthew McConaughey to make female audiences swoon. It's also the perfect movie to open against X-Men Origins: Wolverine - anyone not interested in the action-packed mutant extravaganza will surely take comfort in the harmlessly pleasant romantic humor of this simple tale of moral redemption.

Fashion photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a typical ladies' man and playboy - the kind of jerk who breaks up with three women simultaneously via a computer conference call. And yet the girls love him, clamoring to be the next one-night-stand. He's invited by his brother Paul (Breckin Meyer) to Paul and Sandra's (Lacey Chabert) wedding, against the advice of Connor's childhood sweetheart Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner) and everyone familiar with his scandalous ways. She once had hopes for him, but Connor didn't want his meaningless but exciting short-lived sexual relationships to be hindered by feelings. He's like the Tin Man - born without a heart.

Mead owes his attitude primarily to his mentor Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), a now deceased lady-killer legend who notoriously hosted mind-numbing, clothing optional, week-long orgies in his house - he also invented the word "MILF." Through the careful tutoring of Wayne, Connor has grown up to believe love is a magical comfort food for the weak and uneducated - forever condemning a fruitful relationship with Jenny. But his theories on love are destined to change when the ghost of Uncle Wayne returns to warn him of his wicked ways, along with visits by the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Present and Future.

The conclusion may be terribly contrived, and the plot completely predictable in its unwavering course of correcting a tarnished soul and building Connor to be contemptible in his efforts to paint love as a corrupt and hateful institution (he mean-spiritedly claims that the power of a relationship lies within whoever cares less), but the film isn't afraid to poke fun at itself. At times it's almost self-aware that it's a movie, taking themes less than seriously, and several of the purely comedic performances, including Emma Stone as the Ghost of Girlfriends Past and Douglas as womanizer Wayne, are hilariously delightful. It may be a Matthew McConaughey movie, but it's a little more open to general audiences than his usual women-only mindless mush.

  • Mike Massie

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