The problem with romantic comedies is not often the comedy, it’s all that romance.  We have this sick fascination with making the romances actually end well, in that the romance continues.  We all know that in real life, that doesn’t happen.  There isn’t such a thing as love, just a system of mutual dependence which helps us sleep better as we fall alone.  Or so say I in my more jaded moments.  But here’s a movie which does not think on this topic in the same manner I do.

Starting this June 24th, now available on DVD from Working Title and Universal Studios Home Entertainment comes the latest film from the makers of Notting Hill and Love Actually.  Definitely, Maybe is now ready to come into your living room and make you take a look back at life and love.  Bring home this great romantic comedy today!

This movie presents an innovative take on the often flaccid romantic comedy genre.  Will, played by Ryan Reynolds at the top of his game, has a ten year old daughter who wants to her the story of how her mother and father met.  Will then goes on to tell the story of the three girls he has been in love with since he graduated college and lets his daughter guess which of them is her mother.  Reynolds displays both great humor and a capacity for a deep sadness and a touch of wistfulness which is greatly lacking in today’s over exuberant films.  In the end, Will gets a second chance at love.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted scenes which were excluded from the theatrical version of the film, an in-depth look at how the film was made, a featurette about how they shot the different eras in the film, and an optional audio commentary from director Adam Brooks and actor Ryan Reynolds.

This film was very sad.  Will spends his whole story talking about the three women he fell in love with and how he lost every one of them.  That’s nothing but sad.  And, of course, the movie ends with him getting a fourth chance at love, but it feels pretty contrived.  Personally, this movie would be best with no one happy at the end.  After all, there’s no such thing as happiness, just days when life isn’t beating you down as vehemently.  Nonetheless, I absolutely loved this movie.  It was great.  Even more, I think Ryan Reynolds is fantastic.  Elizabeth Banks is gorgeous, Rachel Weisz is forgettable and Isla Fisher has that charm of hers turned all the way up.

Is this a good film?  Definitely.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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