Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: Film #144 of Film 365

Sunday 26th February 2012

Director: Mark Waters
Year: 2009
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas

I was looking for a fluffy, easy-to-watch romantic comedy, and this fit the bill perfectly. There is nothing new or insightful here- but it does make for an easy watch on a Sunday afternoon. At first I feared it was going to be the movie with the male equivalent of Jennifer Aniston's character in Rumor Has It (McConaughey's character, Connor Mead, starts off being truly hateful), but this is the point. Instead of trying to give him some redeeming features, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past acknowledges that Connor just needs, well, fixing. Of course, only in Hollywood can people be this outwardly horrible and get away with it for so long. In my experience, in real life, truly horrible people are generally a lot more cunning.

If it hadn't been for the fact that this uses A Christmas Carol as its premise, I would dismiss it as your standard romantic comedy. However, I love A Christmas Carol and many of its adaptations. I don't even mind (normally) if it's adapted to fit a certain purpose, even one a long way away from the original story. But this is taking it a step too far. It feels as if the writers were just too lazy to think of their own plot device. It's not even set at Christmas, and that's a fundamental point of A Christmas Carol. There's a clue in the title. It would have scored a very average 2.5out of 5, but it loses half a point for annoying me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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