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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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Boy with Book
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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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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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£698,041 (UK) (8 February 2008)

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$31,973,840 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Kevin Kline and Rachel Weisz; and one Oscar nominee: Abigail Breslin. See more »

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When Will and April are smoking outside Two Guys, April's cigarette constantly switches from her right to her left hand depending on camera angle [facing her, left hand; facing Will, right hand]. Same thing with her hair in her apartment on the couch with her hair [framing the left side of her face, framing the right]. See more »

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Maya Hayes: I'm guessing you weren't her first boyfriend. Maybe it was some nerdy guy, or maybe he was mean. Or maybe, you were friends for the longest time, and then just when you were about to put your penis in somebody else's vagina...
Will Hayes: Okay. Good night Maya.
Maya Hayes: ...you realized Mom was the only one for you!
Will Hayes: Bedtime!
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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Summer Wind
(1965)
German Lyrics by Hans Bradtke
Music by Henry Mayer
English Lyrics by Johnny Mercer (as John Mercer)
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
Courtesy of Universal Music Group International
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Saw an advance screening and actually enjoyed it!
18 January 2008 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – 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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