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Friday Film: “Definitely, Maybe”

Do you know what is better than “How I Met Your Mother”? This movie. Do you know why? Because we find out who the mother is in less than two hours. And the kid is way cooler.

Definitely, Maybe” is the 2008 comedy/romance film directed by Adam Brooks, who also played a minor role in it and starring my favorite actor. Adam Brooks is a Canadian director/writer whose works have not been such huge successes apart from this one. Some of his previous directing attempts are the films “Red Riding Hood”, “Almost You” and “The Invisible Circus”. Nevertheless, you can clearly see that this one is his best work and I do not know the reason why he stopped directing movies after this and focused on directing some TV Shows and screenwriting various other films, at least until today.

Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds,  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, “Deadpool”, “Buried”, “Green Lantern”) is a Manhattan dad who is in the middle of a divorce. One day, his ten year old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin,  “Signs”, “My Sister’s Keeper”, “Little Miss Sunshine”) starts questioning him about his life before marriage and how her parents met and fell in love. As he is narrating his love life to his daughter, he lets her guess who her mother is among three different women.

There is nothing better than Ryan Reynolds in a romantic comedy, especially when he is also portraying a dad who is struggling to talk to his ten year old daughter about his love life. Besides, do not we all looking for a kind, sweet and funny guy, all in one? However, do not get me wrong; the comic element of this movie is nothing like his humor in “Deadpool” but the kind that these films need and it goes well with his good looks and his charming smile. To top it all off, Abigail Breslin is one of a kind in this movie and she is the kind of daughter that I would love to have. Furthermore, the chemistry between these two actors makes you believe that they might actually be dad and daughter in real life, when, in fact, they are not.

It is blatantly obvious that, apart from the great acting and the chemistry between the main characters, what really made me watch this movie more than once was the plot. The story is so compelling and particularly structured in a way that not only could not you guess who the mother is but also you would like every single one of them to be the mother. Furthermore, the whole storyline is more romantic than any other romantic movies out there, which explains why I mentioned Reynold’s acting before going through the importance of the plot. Despite what you might think about this movie being a boring romantic one, think again, because it is a comedy prior to the romance and a romance prior to the comedy – the perfect recipe.

It is always a good time to spend a weekend watching a romantic comedy and if for some reason you missed this one, it is high time you added it to your watch-list. Watch “Definitely, Maybe” and try to figure out who is the mother of this child and why it is way more better than the disappointing finale we got in “How I Met Your Mother” – though I think the latter is already clear why.

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.

 

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