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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Updated on December 10, 2011
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Connor Mead and the wedding cake scene
Connor Mead and the wedding cake scene

Movie Review

Mark Walter's directed a delightful romantic-comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past", released in 2008. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is not the light-hearted type of comedy one would expect, instead it brings up serious issues, feelings, and lifestyles. It does not poke fun at things most comedies do, instead this movie has meat and substance with the comedy. It is serious, yet hilarious.

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is about a playboy photographer named Connor Mead (expertly played by Matthew McConaughey) who is a womanizer. He is strongly opposed to long lasting relationships, especially the state of matrimony. Love is a four letter word to Connor Mead, a shell of a man who refuses to commit and dumps women the minute they become serious. His brother, Paul (portrayed by Breckin Meyer), is the complete opposite, truly loves and is committed to his fiancee and family. Paul sees the good in his elder brother, Connor. Paul invites Connor to his wedding, but is surprised when Connor Mead arrives at their uncle's mansion. It does not take long, the eve of the wedding, for Connor to spoil the wedding rehearsal and family rehearsal dinner as well as destroy the gorgeous wedding cake. Connor, creates enough mayhem that the "happy" couple demand Connor leave while they consider calling off their wedding. As in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Connor Mead, who is absolutely drunk, finds himself face to face with his deceased playboy-womanizer uncle (Michael Douglas) who warns him of a three ghost visitation. Connor laughs it off, feeling his night cannot get any worse; that is until he receives the visits from the three ghosts of his past girlfriends, who force Connor to face his past, present, and dismal future.

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is compassionate and soul searching. Shows how even the most unfeeling and heartless can change; how painful it can be to face oneself. This movie is modern and contemporary with excellent special effects plus a fabulous cast mix! Hat's off to cast and crew!

Other primary cast members included: Jennifer Garner (Jenny, Connor's childhood friend and first sweetheart), Lacey Childhers (Sandra, Paul Mead's fiancee), Robert Forester (Reverend-Sergeant Mervis Vildoun, father of the bride and minister who is hired to marry the happy couple), and Anne Archer (Nicole Vildoun, Reverend-Sergeant Vildoun's ex-wife).

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is 1 hour 40 minutes in length, rated PG-13, and on DVD. Highly recommend!



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