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Definitely, Maybe (2008)

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A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
An Nguyen ...
Ad Exec
Matthew Mason ...
Headphone Guy
Rick Derby ...
Visitor from Planet Ordon (as Ricky Jay Derby)
School Dad
Ryder Chasin ...
Boy with Book
Fiona Lane ...
Angry Girl
Angry Girl's Mom
Blake Benitez ...
School Kid
School Kid
Victoria Goldsmith ...
School Kid
Ashtyn Greenstein ...
School Kid
Ashley Grenier ...
School Kid
School Kid


Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. On the campaign, Will's best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next-door Emily? Is she his longtime ... Written by Orange

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Three relationships. Three disasters. One last chance. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Definitely, Maybe  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£698,041 (UK) (8 February 2008)


$31,973,840 (USA) (4 April 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Kevin Kline and Rachel Weisz; and one Oscar nominee: Abigail Breslin. See more »


As Emily turns to walk away at the zoo, the transmitter for her wireless microphone is visible under the back of her sweater. See more »


Will Hayes: [hands Summer a bouquet of flowers] These are for you.
Summer Hartley: Oh, Will! Oh, they're beautiful. So are you.
Will Hayes: Summer. Don't mess with me. I can see where you're going with this. In a second you're going to say something impossibly charming.
Summer Hartley: Really?
Will Hayes: Yeah, it's gonna be great. And then you're gonna sweep me off my feet, and we all know where that's going.
Summer Hartley: [laughing] Can't a girl miss a guy?
Will Hayes: Yeah she can, but I just don't really have time for the pain.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill) and Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill)
Performed by Will's birthday party guests
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User Reviews

Seen worse. Seen a whole lot worse.
11 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For some people, the romantic comedy genre is there to be sneered at. It's a lower art form subscribed to by the uneducated masses, the same plot regurgitated through a word processor with names, dates and locations changed: ("Girl meets boy, she's feisty, he's snobbish, they don't see eye to eye - How oh how are they ever going to end up together by the end of the movie?"). Admittedly, I'm not the biggest advocate of the ol' romcom, but this film falls into the "watchable" category of romantic comedy. Of course it's phoney and sugar-coated. Of course it has no resemblance to real life -

For goodness' sake it's a romantic comedy! If it wasn't shallow and improbable it'd be called a "drama"! I don't understand people who post comments on this site, taking potshots at films like this for being dumb and schmaltzy. Look at the poster before you go in. If it's got young people with good teeth on the poster, the title is a bit twee and the font is in pastel shades, chances are, it's a romantic comedy. If you don't like that kind of thing don't go in!

Anyway, my girlfriend took me to see this film yesterday (missed Cloverfield) but it was OK. Seriously. It was OK.

Ryan Reynolds is a solid enough lead, with enough comic talent to keep things ticking over. Abigail Breslin is charming too. Kevin Kline seems to growing gracefully into more senior roles, and Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks and Isla Fisher are all comfortable enough as Reynold's love interests.

The script isn't belly-laugh funny but it has it's moments, there's some good use of news footage from the time in which the story is set, and the plot ticks over nicely. There's also a bit of guessing for the audience too, and my bet is you'll stay to end if only to find out how it finishes.

So there it is: a better than average romantic comedy. Not weighty. Not cerebral. Not challenging. Just a mildly diverting story, about a nice bunch of nice looking people having a nice time and getting their nice little lives sorted out. Nicely.

To give this film the scathing it's had in some quarters, is like a food critic cruelly reviewing a bag of crisps. That is to say this film is not meant to be "food for thought" it's just a snack. And if you get your kicks out of inflating your own ego by raving about how much a dumb film like this offended your sensibilities, then "for shame!" is all I can say. You weren't led blindfolded into the cinema. You knew what you were getting into. It should have been obvious from the poster that this film is a romcom.

Trust me, as a man that's been dragged to more than his fair share of romcoms, this one is by no means bad.

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