KATHMANDU: In Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past Matthew McConaughey is a cad a bounder and a libertine much given to calling off and cancelling several dates at once by video
conferencing.
Yes there are ghosts and one scene in particular where one of them forces our hero into a rain storm
of tears shed over him and
a blizzard of tissues to
wipe those tears away sums up the kind of amusement you get in Ghost Of Girlfriend Past.
Says Lissane Chastain, “Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and directed by Mark Waters Ghost of Girlfriends Past is entertaining and worth a watch. McConaughey plays a womaniser named Conner Mead who is forced to take a Christmas Carol-type journey through girlfriends of his past, present and future while attending his brother’s wedding weekend.
Jenny (Garner) is the childhood sweetheart and
longstanding object of his affection. Will he be able to grow up and admit his love for Jenny before the weekend is over?
Although McConaughey and Garner both tread
familiar territory, they’re so good at it that you don’t mind. Some of the best scenes in the movie involve Michael Douglas, who is perfect as Conner’s dead uber-womanising mentor Uncle Wayne, and Lacey Chabert, who is also hilarious as the stressed out bride-to-be. It has some real moments and provides laughs — and that is
exactly what a romantic comedy is for.”
Total Film adds, “What now?” sighs Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) to the bubbly teenage ghost (Emma Stone) whisking him back through his early life as a serial seducer.
“Now,” she replies, “we’re going to watch a romantic montage to Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time!” Such smart lines elevate a movie that could otherwise have been a pedestrian reworking of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tailored to its leading man’s rakish persona.
That and Michael Douglas, who steals every
scene he is in as the Hefner-esque playboy who first taught McConaughey’s fashion photographer-in-waiting how to love ’em and leave ’em.
Douglas’ late Uncle Wayne is one of several spectral apparitions that appear to Connor on the eve of his younger brother’s nuptials to tell him what a callow, shallow moron he truly is. (Having watched him dump three girlfriends simultaneously on conference call in front of his
latest sexual conquest, this comes as no surprise to us.)
The real Ghost of Kisses Past, though, is Jennifer Garner’s Jenny, the childhood sweetheart whose heart he broke during a long-haired phase in the 1990s.
Will McConaughey wake up to himself in time to
realise she’s the girl of his dreams? Not without various supernatural hijinks and some awkward episodes involving his
future sister-in-law Lacey Chabert, her voluptuous mom Anne Archer and
a trashed wedding cake.
“Love is magical comfort food for the weak and uneducated!” declares Connor in one of his more obnoxious moments.
That we eventually come to warm to him is less
down to Matthew’s smug, preening turn than to Jen’s dignified, rounded performance and the fact that, however much of a pill he is, he will never be as big as Douglas’s sleazy lounge lizard with his Robert Evans shades and cherished ‘Stabbin’ Wagon’.”
Adds Pete Hammond who was not amused by the movie, “Matthew
McConaughey plays
Corner like a myriad other skirt-chasing cads he’s played in a string of chick flicks like Failure to Launch.His immature chauvinist act is apt for the film and though there is
little chemistry between him and female lead
Jennifer Garner, there are plenty of plot devices to keep the movie moving briskly and audience laughing like A Christmas Carol take off and Michael
Douglas’s cameo as
McConaughey’s womanising influence.”