Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Universal || PG13 - 111 minutes - $29.98 || June 24, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-23


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Adam Brooks
Writer(s): Adam Brooks (written by)
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Kevin Kline, Derek Luke


Theatrical Release Date: February 14, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Writer/Director & Star Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Creating a Romance
  • The Changing Times Of...


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

On the day before he signs divorce papers, Will (Ryan Reynolds) tells his daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met her mother. But there is a twist... he is changing the name of her mother and instead telling her the story of three different romances he has had and letting her guess which one is her mother.

As someone who really likes romantic comedies, I was very impressed with not only the script but the acting as well. The story is not something new, itís been done many times where character X relives his/her past by telling a story to character Y and then finally revealing who the mystery guy/girl is, and then reconciling with character Z. The difference with Definitely, Maybe is that I seemed to care a bit more about what actually would happen at the end of the movie. Although itís no real surprise to who Maya's mother is, instead of the typical "well now we love each other all over again" moment, the story takes a pretty exciting twist at the end that really made it something different.

As I mentioned, the acting here is all top notch. Ryan Reynolds gives us a believable performance of someone that evolves from 1992 to our time in 2008. We see how his character changes from a very vocal Democrat to someone who could care less about politics and what others think of him. Abigail Breslin does have a few scenes in the film, but mostly in just a few lines here and there throughout that don't amount to much until the final ten minutes.

The other stars of the film are the three women that go through Will's life throughout the sixteen years of flashbacks. They include Emily (Elizabeth Banks), April (Isla Fisher) and Summer (Rachel Weisz). While I enjoyed Elizabeth Banks in her guest role on ďScrubsĒ, here I thought she was very bland. Rachel Weisz is alright, but I found her character really annoying. Isla Fisher, however, blows everyone out of the water. Not only is she gorgeous, but the way she changes over the years is incredible. Itís also worth noting she has a very strong Australian accent and hides it fairly well here (a few small slips here and there, similar to her performance in The Wedding Crashers).

Definitely, Maybe reminds me a lot of John Cusack in High Fidelity. While John relives his past romances in both real time and through flashbacks, Ryan Reynolds does it completely through flashbacks. The film forces itself to be very accurate in terms of what the characters are wearing, what there listening to, and the make sure New York changes the way it should over the sixteen years. I got a good laugh at Will logging onto a dial-up connection to download a simple picture. It what would take seconds now, took several minutes years ago.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Adam Brooks and Star Ryan Reynolds - This track would have worked better if there were a few more people discussing the film. As it stands, the track starts off great and then slowly goes downhill. With a run time of almost two hours there is not much two people can really discuss.

Deleted Scenes (5:42) - An interesting set of five deleted scenes. The first three would fit perfectly back into the film and each once brings a bit more story to what happened. The last two appear to take place a little bit before the film ended back in our time, but did not seem to gel well with the final cut of the film so it appears they are more of an alternate-type ending. It does give a few more minutes with Ryan Reynolds and Abigail together.

Creating a Romance (12:30) - General fluff piece. Why the film is so great, my co-stars were amazing etc. It gives a bit of behind the scenes information. But for the most part itís skippable.

The Changing Times of... (5:08) - A look at how the cast and crew went about making sure each character was dressed a certain way during a certain time period. It mostly discussed the store where Will purchased his pack of cigarettes from.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

Definitely, Maybe is presented in Anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen. Unfortunately this is a very poor transfer riddled with some excessive edge enhancements and some halo effects. Colors are very dull blacks are grayish in color. Hopefully Universal will bring this to Blu-ray one day and clean it up.

Universal has included English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Not much is going on in the film to really show off your home theater here. Dialog is very clean and clear and there are instances where you're rear speakers will be used. Other than that itís a very average track. Subtitles available in English, French and Spanish.



.::OVERALL::.

Definitely, Maybe is a really cute movie that is going to pull on your heart strings more than a few times. While it has an unusually long run time for a romance/comedy film, itís well worth it. The picture quality may leave you a bit dissatisfied, but hopefully Universal will rectify that with a Blu-ray release someday.