Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Director: Adam Brooks
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin
Plot: A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Rating: NC16 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.
IN RETROSPECT (Spoilers: NO)
Running close to two hours, Definitely, Maybe is a trifle too long. The storytelling is long-winded, it meanders for most parts, and while it eventually gets to its focal point, there's a feeling that the film is running in circles. It's quite a decent romantic comedy, but it's not the perfect date movie.
Definitely, Maybe lacks a convincing lead actor. Ryan Reynolds may look the part, but he could have been an acting disaster. A romantic lead role is probably one of the most straightforward roles any actor can get, thus not excelling in one says much about an actor's talent.
Definitely, Maybe works out to be a casual biography of Reynold's character, Will Hayes. Hayes' love life and his numerous flings are scrutinized in the backdrop of the 92'
A refreshing editing technique is used in Definitely, Maybe - the freeze frame. It works like a "dream" here as the love life of Hayes is related to Maya, Hayes' young daughter (who's trying to find out who's her real mother in a bid to stop an impending divorce), like a bedtime story. So occasionally, Maya pauses to recollect her thoughts (freeze frame!) as she strikes out name after name of possible mothers on a piece of paper ala Kill Bill (2003).
Generally, the supporting cast fare much better than a wooden Reynolds. 12-year-old Abigail Breslin who sparkled in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) fails to do so here, though interestingly a fair amount of her lines contain words like 'threesome' and ‘penis’, and credit to her, she pulls it off like a veteran.
Definitely, Maybe is a complete picture; it has a beginning and a conclusion, even though the latter is packaged into a happy and predictable Hollywood ending. At times formulaic, Definitely, Maybe is still not the finished article.
Click here to go back to Central Station.