Definitely, Maybe

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +1/2

Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz. Romantic comedy. Written and directed by Adam Brooks.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Ryan Reynolds stars as Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce, when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love.

Wills story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed, aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton presidential campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women.

Will hopelessly attempts a gentler version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess who is the woman her father finally married. Is her mother Wills college sweetheart, the dependable girl-next-door Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz)?

As Maya puts together the pieces of her dads romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that its definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Definitely, absolutely, this is an intriguing chick flick I think guys will enjoy along with their ladies. Its the kind of storytelling that keeps you involved. Its well acted, with an equal amount of both amusing and touching moments. It should do well during the Valentine season.

There are a couple of problems, content wise. I still have problems with characters on screen uttering Jesus when they get frustrated. I fear we are becoming so accustomed to hearing it or hearing Gods name followed by a curse without anybody getting struck by a bolt of lightning that perhaps it no longer matters to the Almighty. These days, its so hard to find a movie for grownups that doesnt contain this spiritual infraction. My purpose with this paragraph is just to keep reminding the Body of Christ not to become desensitized to this irreverence.

Second problem. The culture, at least as reflected in movies, no longer regards sex outside marriage to be a no-no. This is not a judgment call, just a warning. The film has this guy living with the woman he loves. He does manage to abstain from sex with others while he is with this woman, but several sexual conversations indicate that all involved have little hesitancy about casual sex. My question: does the constant presentation of premarital sex on screen send the message to us who live by Gods Word that its an okay practice in this generation? After all, no ones getting struck by bolts of lightning.

DVD Alternatives:

(for the kids) Because of Winn Dixie. A lonely 10-year-old, abandoned by her mother and ignored by her grieving minister father, prays for a friend. Soon after, an energetic stray pooch scampers his way into the little girls heart while she shops for macaroni and cheese at the local Winn Dixie. As the two bond, she finds that they are having a positive effect on the friendless and disenfranchised in her small, rural community.

(for the older generation) The Chorus. This French film (with subtitles sorry bout that) is an emotional, music-filled tale about how a very humble mans simple dreams changed the future for a forgotten group of children.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many conversations concerning sex; children are being taught sex education, which causes the leads 10-year-old to ask questions and innocently utter explicit details about the sexual act while in public.

Obscene Language: Around five obscenities (mostly the s-word).

Profanity: Four misuses of Christs name; a couple of oh my Gods.

Violence: None

Sex: Several brief sexual situations, but none lead to graphic depictions.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several characters smoke and most drink some to excess.

Other: None

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Up

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