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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)



Critic Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's wedding, where he becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. After Connor delivers a drunken speech at the rehearsal dinner where he says that love isn't real, he's met in the bathroom by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Dogulas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Uncle Wayne informs Connor that, over the course of the evening, he'll be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. Will Connor learn to get over himself and love the right woman, or will he remain an emotional Scrooge? ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (32)

This movie I think really did the impossible. It makes Failure To Launch look like The Thin Man.

May 4, 2009

It's a tired premise with some even weaker gags.

May 4, 2009 | Full Review…

Just in case you can't get enough of the romantic comedy oeuvre of Matthew McConaughey, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is here to remind you that, yes, some films of his are even worse than Failure to Launch, Surfer Dude, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

May 4, 2009 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

I'm almost embarrassed to admit I found Ghosts of Girlfriends Past the season's first genuine guilty pleasure.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Only two characters might qualify as sympathetic.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 1/4

Please, ladies, don't go see this movie. (Chances are most men would rather put out their eyes than go see a film with such a title.)

May 1, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

This romcom inventively hitches it's star to Dicken's "A Christmas Carol", but instead of Scrooge, who has no love for the species of mankind, we get a stereotypical gigolo who has no love for women, and consequently refuses to ever marry. You can plainly see then where this is going. Can they manage to spin it so that the arrival is at least entertaining? Mostly no. There are bits, but everything is telegraphed so far ahead as to make the total experience a little soul-killing.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Clever re-telling of Dickensian morality tale. Attractive and endearing cast and sweet message of love and forgiveness.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Not the worst romantic comedy I have ever seen and it did make me laugh out loud at certain points, but in the end we are dealing with a genre that we as an audience know better than our own reflections. We know the Dickens tale just as well, so combining the two gave very few surprises and I feel with the rom com genre, surprises in an otherwise stagnant movie are what set them apart from the crowd. McConaughey was, well he was himself, just as the cameo from Douglas and the watery semi-presence of Garner. Still it was watchable and gave what it said it would - teary eyes, lessons learned and a whole lot of promiscous and vaccuous sexual innuendo.

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Unknown Hobo

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