Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe

(2008)

Ryan Reynolds plays a 30-something politician in the midst of divorce. His 10-year-old daughter Maya (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin) wants to know the story of how her parents fell in love.... More

The story goes back to 1992, when Reynolds was young and idealistic and still didn't know who Nirvana was. To soften the story, he changes the names of the women he loved, and Maya has to guess which one he married. Could it be the childhood sweetheart (Elizabeth Banks), the best-friend and confidant (Isla Fisher), or the attractive journalist (Rachel Weisz)?Hide

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The best romantic comedy so far this year is Definitely, Maybe by a winning mile. By combining likeable characters with a reasonably tricky storyline, nobody’s going to feel cheated or nauseous by the time the end credits roll.... More

Ryan Reynolds plays Will Hayes, a 30-something professional on the eve of signing his divorce papers. His ten-year-old daughter Maya (Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin) is dead keen to find out how her mum and dad met. To explain the complex situation, Will tells her about the three women in his life (Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz), changing the names and letting Maya guess which one is her mother.

Ryan Reynolds has never really impressed in the past; always ending up too smarmy or sarcastic to be endearing. But here he succeeds. His Will is slightly uncool. After first meeting him working on Bill Clinton’s campaign back in 1992, we watch as his youthful optimism takes a gradual slide. Sixteen years later, we find him a bit more world-weary and sharing some sparkling chemistry with his daughter.

It is slightly annoying how Will seems to find it so easy to move swiftly between such attractive women. The characters do tend to come off as opportunists; if one doesn’t work out, they’re on to the next one.

But unlike P.S. I Love You, which overdid the manipulative schmaltz with sugary excess, Definitely, Maybe doesn’t provide too many eye-rolling moments and never gets too touchy-feely or vomit-inducing. The only thing laid on a bit thick is the cuteness of daughter Maya. It only took a few tears from this great young actress to get a cinema of hankees out. But the film never lingers, and aside from running about ten minutes too long, keeps the pace up and the locations ticking over.

Most clever of all is how the film guides our emotions so that, whilst we want certain things to happen and characters to succeed, there is still the possibility to be surprised by the outcome. In true rom-com fashion, things wrap up in a satisfying manner, but not quite in the way that we were expecting. It’s not hard, in hindsight, to see which of the three women is painted in the best light, but this doesn’t tarnish the otherwise engaging journey.

The surprisingly melancholic theme seems to be that romantic love can provide happiness and joy, but can equally lead to heartache or loneliness, and that contentment is derived from the way we handle that contradiction. Hence the overriding impression one gets from Definitely, Maybe is that the film functions as a mature and thoughtful entry in the romantic comedy canon.Hide


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Its OK but its really nothing to write home about. Its twenty minutes too long and two of the most interesting things about the movie ( Rachel Weisz and Kevin Klein) are in the movie for maybe 15 minutes tops. Ryan Reynolds does fine but Weisz and Klein steal the show.


Decent comedy that should have been more. Rachel Weisz brings life to the film but she's hardly in it.


Reynolds continues to surprise many coming from and still dabbling in gross out comedies to becoming a solid romantic lead. His charisma and his sarcastic nature again shines through here and this role will be one of his most known of his career.
Breslin seem to have been riding her success of Little Miss Sunshine during this film as she has a flood load of releases coming out. In hindsight it probably was a good call, but believe an unknown could have made the film a tad better.
Of the... More female leads Isla Fisher finally puts together a complete performance and steals the show, but I’m biased.
Despite labelled a romantic comedy, it does go beyond the typical story and is a winner in both sexes eyes.Hide


Funny and sweet.


The Press Reviews

70% of critics recommend.
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  • BBC

    A romantic comedy that manages to be cute without sending viewers barrelling into the bathroom to toss their cookies. Full Review

  • The romantic-comedy genre attracts a lot of flack, but frankly, a lot of it is earned. I took a female friend along to this film thinking it might be a fun girls' night out, but we both agreed, we'd seen better, including the not great, but at least intermittently funny, Run Fatboy Run. If you prefer your love stories with a sprinkling of humour, I'd definitely recommend that one over this – no maybe about it. Full Review

  • Sweet, funny, simple, entertaining — everything a good rom-com should be. Definitely... Full Review

  • A nimble and winning little romance. Full Review

  • Elizabeth Banks is better than good, Isla Fisher is better than funny, and Rachel Weisz, who hasn't been treated well by Hollywood (yikes, <em>Eragon</em> and <em>Fred Claus</em>) since she won an Oscar for <em>The Constant Gardener</em>, is a constant goddess. Full Review

  • As the movie is really about a character's growing into his own truth rather than discovering some preordained truth, <em>Definitely, Maybe</em> is hard to outguess. For once in a romantic comedy you won't be able to tell after five minutes who will end up together. Full Review

  • 1/2 Smarter than your average bear, this movie doesn't completely insult your intelligence, the characters are accessible, the relationships are grown-up, and like real relationships, are flawed and a little complicated. Full Review

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