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Definitely, Maybe (2008)

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

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Cast

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

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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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14 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£698,041 (United Kingdom), 10 February 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,472,255, 17 February 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,973,840, 6 April 2008
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Trivia

Out of the four leads in the film, only Elizabeth Banks (Emily) is American. Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher are Canadian, British and Australian (respectively). See more »

Goofs

When Summer is sitting by Hampton's bed in the hospital, when we look at her she is holding her head up with her right hand, but when we look at her from behind she is not. See more »

Quotes

April: So Emily is what, like your college sweetheart?
Will Hayes: It's amazing how you do that.
April: What?
Will Hayes: The way you take the simplest statement and then you twist it with a completely negative connotation. It's really, actually, impressive.
April: [laughing] I didn't mean to do that. I actually think it's very sweet.
Will Hayes: See, you did it again!
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Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Pendulum Man
(1994)
Written by Daniel Gish, John Ling, Mark Simnett, and Graham Sutton
Performed by Bark Psychosis
Courtesy of Adasam Ltd
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Saw an advance screening and actually enjoyed it!
18 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

and that's saying a lot since I'm not a "romantic comedy" kind of gal.

The little girl is fabulous. Good casting. She's adorable without being perfect. Kevin Kline was an absolute delight as an unapologetic drunken writer/professor who also happens to be quite full of himself. Rachel Weisz (whom I normally do not care for) was completely (and unexpectedly) charming. Ryan Reynolds was also a good casting choice. Unexpectedly believable as a dad.

The bulk of the movie is him explaining to his daughter, bedtime story style (told entirely in flashbacks) about love and how he met her mother, with her being the proverbial "happy ending". Except ... she seems to be the only one who notices that her Dad really isn't happy at all. Isla Fisher also shines. Watching her character grow from someone who is completely devoid of any direction or purpose into a real woman, complete with self-esteem, was a nice touch.

Loved the relationship stories. It's amazing what you don't see when you are in a relationship, only to come to a realization much later. Anyone who has ever traded a trip on the QEII for a proverbial three hour tour on the S.S. Minnow relationship-wise will totally relate.

The fact that Ryan Reynolds sometimes gets so carried away with the story that he forgets he is talking to a little girl leads to a few (ok, so it's a lot) contrived chuckles along with a couple of genuinely funny moments.

It's not going to win an Oscar or break a box office record, but if you want a completely enjoyable two hour escape ... see this movie.


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