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Movie Review-Definitely, Maybe

Breslin and Reynolds take a break from a bedtime story in Maybe.  Photo courtesy Universal Pictures
Breslin and Reynolds take a break from a bedtime story in Maybe. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

By Sara Pintilie/entertainment editor

Definitely, Maybe (3.5 stars)

Breslin and Reynolds take a break from a bedtime story in Maybe.  Photo courtesy Universal Pictures
Breslin and Reynolds take a break from a bedtime story in Maybe. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

Definitely, Maybe isn’t the greatest romantic comedy out there.

But watching the light, frothy relationship between the always likable Ryan Reynolds and the uber-cute Abigail Breslin is a fun way to kill a couple of hours.

Will’s (Reynolds) daughter Maya (Breslin, asks for the details on his past relationships including how he met her mother.

In the middle of a divorce and settling into a new apartment, he caves into her persistent curiosity. But he changes the names of his three ladies of his past so Maya cannot guess who her mother is.

She has to decipher if her mom is Will’s college girlfriend Emily (Elizabeth Banks), his best friend April (Isla Fisher) or the bold journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz).

As the film travels down memory lane, Will goes through the predictable phases of life in a romantic comedy: love, loss, depression and all that jazz.

The movie is lightweight and conventional. This being said, Definitely, Maybe is better than most.

Reynolds is great at the comedy shtick—Two Guys and a Girl anyone?—and adapts well to this more mature character. He has a great charisma even though there is little on-screen chemistry among any of his potential wives.

Kevin Kline as Summer’s first boyfriend (Hampton) is a fun surprise. His womanizing existentialistic attitude is oddly entertaining.

Breslin is insanely endearing and likable as the spunky 11-year-old. Though she gets stuck in the sappiest of the scenes, she is still one of the best aspects of the film.

The Reynolds-Breslin dynamic is believable and sweet.

The movie is missing a bit of oomph, though. It just needs a little bit of something for the film to reach its potential.

Alas, Definitely, Maybe isn’t a must-see movie, but the fun, lighthearted ways of Will make it a definite maybe.

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