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Definitely, Maybe

Three Relationships. Three Disasters. One Last Chance. 

Year: 2008 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
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Director: Adam Brooks

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks

What do you say to your daughter when she asks how you met her mother? Spin them a simple romantic tale. Unfortunately that’s not the way Will Hayes see it. When his daughter, Maya, starts questioning him about his past, he delves deeper and deeper into the problems he faced with girls when he was only an aspiring politician. Can Maya piece together the pieces of her father’s romantic puzzle and solve the way for him to see the big picture?

Starring the hilarious Ryan Reynolds, this film is a refreshing, new idea which keeps the audience guessing. Reynolds, well-known to fans as the fantastically funny Berg, in the American sitcom “Two guys, a girl and a pizza place” and the legendary Van Wilder: Party Liaison, plays a surprisingly convincing Dad as the main protagonist. A big help to him also is his all-star supporting cast featuring the equally hilarious Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, The Lookout) who suits her role perfectly as the originally directionless young woman; And the beautiful Rachel Weisz plays a charming true-to-the-role part, showing great chemistry with Reynolds. The film also is a highlight for the young Abigail Breslin, who plays Maya and is simply marvellous to watch. Breslin proves herself once again worthy of the Oscar nomination she received for Little Miss Sunshine and reminds us of the high expectations that was once put upon child actors. Kevin Kline also makes an important appearance and is easily accepted in his senior role which he portrays with the dignity greatly deserving of this classic actor.

Taking time to develop the characters and script, this film sets new boundaries in the romantic comedy world. The film bypasses the usual clichés and cheesiness and instead gives audiences the heart-warming sensation that this genre intends to achieve. Even if you’re not normally a fan of this type of film, you will soon find yourself laughing along and eager to see how it concludes.

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2007/2008 Summer Term (35mm)