Fun, yet mostly predictable, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is a good, fun story following the conventions of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a jerk (Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead) visited by ghosts that change his outlook on life… er, dating.
This was a fun premise, a decent story, and a solid cast of mostly B and C-list stars that works… for the most part.
( My spoiler-free review )
McConaughey plays a relationship jerk, but women still flock to him… Jennifer Garner is the object of his affection… and Michael Douglas is his womanizing uncle/mentor… some of the details of the movie you can’t think about and just have to accept.
For example: If his uncle is a ghost, how does he drink a “beverage”? If Garner is the girl of his dreams… why didn’t he try harder and have so many other relationships? Why is there a ghost of someone who is still alive? Where are Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim?
Because of the predictable pattern laid out by the three ghosts, this movie does little to try to not be predictable… in fact, the ending is anything but surprising… a little too predictable for my liking.
But I did like the way they brought the classic Dickens into modern times and twisted into a romantic comedy… other than that, I was not impressed with anything else, just your average romantic comedy.
There were some decent performances from supporting cast of Douglas, Emma Stone, Breckin Meyer, and Lacey Chabert.
THE BOTTOM LINE: