Definitely, Maybe **1/2 (out of ****)

Director: Adam Brooks
Writers: Adam Brooks
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Derek Luke, Elizabeth Banks, Greg Abbey, Liane Balaban, Marc Bonan
Rating: PG-13 (sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language)
Running Time: 112 min
Release Date: 2/14/2008

This is one nice little romantic comedy, or as the guys would say “chick flick”, that won’t be well received by the Clinton’s. I’ll go into that later. We start out with Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) a successful advertising executive who has just won a big contract but also received the papers for his divorce settlement in the same afternoon. It’s also his day to have custody of Maya (Abigail Breslin), his 11-year old daughter. When he arrives at her school, the children are in a high state of excitement. It seems that they had a sex-ed class that gave them all sorts of ideas.

Maya is obviously troubled about the coming divorce and wants to know how her father and mother decided to marry. Much of the movie is a series of flash backs that detail the romances Will had leading up to his marriage. Will plays a game with Maya in which he changes the names of the women and Maya is to guess which one was her mother. The viewer is welcome to play along too.

It all starts in 1992 when Will leaves his girlfriend, Emily (Elizabeth Banks), behind to go to New York to work on the Clinton campaign. Yeah, this whole show could have been called Young Democrats in Love! There is one exception, April (Isla Fisher) the cute repro operator who’s cynical political views put her outside the mainstream of the Democrat Party. April is paid help rather than a volunteer.

While Will and April are attracted to each other, he ultimately stays loyal to Emily only to find out that Emily had slept with his former roommate while he was away. He falls for a bookish woman who is having an affair with her professor. The professor was going to move on to a couple freshmen so she was available. And, so it went. You probably get the idea.

One interesting thing about this movie is that it had an interesting anti-Clinton tone. At one point when Will is trying to convince April that she should support Bill Clinton, he makes the point that Clinton, “gets women.” At that point an interview with Jennifer Flowers appears on the TV. Later we are treated Clinton’s famous answer to the special prosecutor’s question, “It depends on what ‘is’ is.” We also are treated to footage of “I didn’t have sex with that woman…Monica Lewinsky.” We can definitely guess which candidate Adam Brooks is supporting in this years Democratic presidential race or maybe this film was produced by the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”.

Definitely, Maybe, in spite of Abigail Breslin’s presence, definitely isn’t for young children as it has principally mature themes. No maybe on that one.


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