Chick 1 says:
Expectations have a lot to do with how much I (and most people) enjoy a movie. If your expectations are too high, it’s hard for a movie to live up to them. On the other hand, if your expectations are low, the movie may benefit from that. Such was the case with Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
What I Liked: I did enjoy this romcom because I had such low expectations going in, but there’s not a ton I can recommend here. Creative take on the very familiar A Christmas Carol storyline. Dickens, we’re still indebted to you after all these years. A few minor characters were enjoyable; the first Ghost (yes, the Ghost of Girlfriends Past) as well as McConaughey’s assistant. I found the relationship between McConaughey and his brother (played by the always likable Breckin Meyer) to be touching.
What I Didn’t Like: This is a very average romantic comedy. No new territory explored and even the familiar territory is explored in a very uninspired way. I liked seeing Jennifer Garner in a little harder role but even she couldn’t salvage this. The whole movie has a been there, done that feel. Zzzzzz.
Bottom Line: Unless you absolutely must see every romantic comedy out there, save your money and your two hours for something else.
Chick 2 says:
At first I thought this would be a very fresh take on an overdone theme, making it about girlfriends and releasing it in the summer. Then as the snow began to fall in upstate New York I realized that this was intended to be yet another remake of A Christmas Carol that just wasn’t good enough to be released at Christmas. As romantic comedies go Ghosts of Girlfriends Past gives us nothing new. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner are two very fun actors to watch, but even they couldn’t really bring this script out of the depths of mediocrity. There is never really any depth to the main characters relationship and it’s titled appropriately because the ghosts of girlfriends present and future bear little effect on anything at all. Don’t get me wrong, it is an enjoyable fairly harmless way to spend two hours, and the guy gets the girl, (oops! Did I give anything away?) but probably not worth the $10 you would pay for those hours.
IF you need to have a rom-com intervention, THEN GO.