Connor Mead is the kind of guy who dumps three girlfriends. At the same time. By teleconference. So when he attends his brother?s wedding he has a single goal: score with the only bridesmaid he somehow missed. But the ghos... more »t of his departed Uncle Wayne ?who taught him to love ?em and leave ?em ? has another goal in mind: restore Connor?s lost faith in true love, a tough assignment requiring the services of many, many Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas and director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Just Like Heaven) uncork a romantic romp as bubbly as wedding-toast champagne. It?s the perfect comedy for anyone who believes in laughs and love. Or needs to.« less
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 1/23/2012...
I'm not a big McConaughey fan, but this movie started me thinking.
He and Garner had some good performances in this film, and I loved seeing Lacey Chabert (from “Lost in Space”) in film again ... maybe she had some work before this, but it was the first time I had seen her since - she really stole the show here ... at least until Noureen DeWulf showed up ... she made me laugh until I cried.
Anyway, it was an entertaining film, I love "A Christmas Carol", and this movie basically stole the idea, but put a pretty good and interesting twist on it.
Guys, this is a good date night movie, she will like it, and you will laugh.
A Cute and Funny Movie
Kathy W | Baltimore | 05/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just saw this one in the theater and it was a great flick with a lot of laughs. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
In a take-off of the Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, the ghosts of past girlfriends and other voluntary spirits, attempt to help a cold-hearted womanizer bring back the sensitivity and love in his life.
We begin the plot with the much sought-after bachelor ladies' man, in-demand schmoozer, professional photographer Conner (McConahey). He loves all the ladies, every one he can get into, so to speak. As we watch love 'em and leave 'em Conner break the ladies' hearts, we begin to think of him as a loveable schmuck. Even though we want to slap him, there is something about him. We follow him to his brother's wedding at the country home he grew up, in a castle-sized estate. We find out that his parents died young, leaving 7 year old Conner to help raise his 2 year old brother. Both were raised by Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) at the mansion.
Young Conner grew up with young Jennie (Jennifer Garner). They seemed to be best friends but fell short on the boyfriend/girlfriend end of the stick when they got into their teens. Conner seemed afraid of being hurt and, under the expert tutilage of Uncle Wayne, turned into a ladies man.
Showing up at the wedding and voicing his extreme cynicism about love and marriage, Conner offends everyone. He is soon visited by the now deceased Uncle Wayne who tells him to mend his evil ways. To help Conner out, Wayne warns him of upcoming visits from 3 spirits, just like Jacob Marley and Ebineezer Scrooge.
And so it begins. As I said, it is often laugh-out-loud funny, coupled with sincerety and love. There were times I found a tear or two in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and would certainly want to see it again. It's a feel-good movie and enjoyable to watch the sincerity and love return to this man's life."
I wanted to love it
M. Klise | Grants Pass, OR | 09/23/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I really wanted to love this movie. The idea and cast give it the potential to be a hilarious romantic comedy, but sadly, it isn't. I love Matthew McConaughey in pretty much everything he's ever been in. He's a good actor, but I really didn't buy him as a charmer in this movie. I really couldn't see why the women were falling for him. He wasn't even slightly charming or likable. He was just a jerk. It made me feel like the writers of this movie thought all women were just idiots ready to fall into bed with anyone. Jennifer Garner is another of my faves in other movies. She wasn't bad in this one, but it wasn't enough to save the movie.
One thing I did like about this movie was Lacey Chabert. She was very believable as the nervous bride to be. She was freaking out about every detail as many brides do and was a wreck. She gave us some comedic moments and was cute as a button.
I'm glad I only rented this movie from Netflix, so I'm only out an hour adn 40 minutes of my life rather than $20. If you really feel the need to see this movie, rent it before buying it."
Full of B-A-D.
Gr33n4blu3 | Virginia, United States | 09/18/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this mediocre movie while on an 8 hour flight to central Europe. I had a choice: I could either watch Ghosts of Girlfriends Past or I could watch Relaxing Themes from Nature - two hours of grass blowing in the wind. Boy do I wish I chose the latter instead of the former.
This movie can be summed up in one word: Suckatious.
Basically it is centered on the wedding of an affable guy, Paul and his bride to be Sandra (the youngest child from that uplifting show Party of Five, the show where all the parents have died and the kids have tragically screwed up lives...). Connor Mead is Paul's chauvinistic older brother who sleeps with every woman shown on screen. In fact, I think he somehow managed to sleep with the woman watching the movie next to me, as she could not stop crooning over Connor (Matthew McConaughey).
Connor goes to the bathroom and runs into long dead Michael Douglas, who plays his Uncle Wayne. The CGI they use to bring Michael Douglas back to life isn't very convincing and, as a matter of fact, I'm not sure why they chose to make him look wooden. "Wayne" tells Connor that he's going to be visited by three ghosts in an effort to make him realize the joy of a loving marriage. After that Connor is visited by a dead chick, a living chick (???) and an angel. Not three ghosts.
From there we see how shallow and vapid Connor is and why he should be detested. I guess the little relationship vignettes were supposed to be funny - they weren't. Jennifer Garner almost redeems the movie when she shows interest in dating a good looking lawyer with a heart of gold. For a moment it looks like she's over Connor and is on her way to meeting Mr. Right. Ah, but then the movie shifts gears, Connor ruins his brother's wedding day and temporarily breaks up Paul and Sandra in a strange series of mishaps.
Jenny (Garner) sees all of this and still gets weak in the knees for Connor. During the climax Connor gives some sort of redeeming speech to Sandra and Jenny realizes that she still loves Connor. Huh? Yeah, his whole slime ball shtick is that he can talk his way into a woman's pants, and bingo, he finally wins Jenny over by, talking his way into her pants (through Sandra). I don't get it.
Not a good love story. Not a good comedy. Not a good sleep aid. "
This is how you ruin a fail proof premise
Tim Lieder | New York, NY | 04/11/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Charles Dickens gave every lazy script writers and theater company a great gift when he wrote A Christmas Carol. The story of Scrooge being forced to examine his life from his hopeful past to his lonely present to his useless end which gives him the opportunity to make a positive change is such a 20th century story of redemption convincing everyone that for maybe one day Freudian psychology not only works but works fast. There have been so many adaptations and modern retellings (I like Scrooged) that it's hard to say which one is the best.
However, we have this movie to see which one is the worst.
So what's wrong with this movie? Matthew McConaughey. I usually find him a pleasantly agreeable actor but the main character of a Christmas Carol adaptation needs to go through a journey. Even at his best, McConaughey doesn't have the acting chops to portray a man who must realize that his life is terrible and that accept that he has the potential to change for the better.
And this is McConaughey at his worst. He spends the movie in that annoying genial stoner act that requires an exasperated Kate Hudson to make audiences accept the premise. With every scene he speaks in the same voice inflection and the same easy breezy stoner talk. It only gets more and more grating. Then just as you think he can't get any worse, he is supposed to emote. Faced with this task, he yells and opens his eyes really wide.
There's also a lot of yelling and running around and Michael Douglas is supposed to be Marley's Ghost and it changes Scrooge from a miser to a philanderer but who cares? The movie is basically the experience of being trapped in a room with a stoner friend when you graduated from college and find the whole pot smoking convention rather sad."
DISAPPOINTING TAKE ON 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 05/03/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Considering the idea and a good cast, this film is extremely disappointing. The laughs are very few and the romance isn't engaging, so what we are left with is a pretty flat retread of the classic story of Scrooge. This had some potential, but the writers must have been asleep while putting this one together."