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DVD Review: Definitely, Maybe

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Definitely, Maybe stars Ryan Reynolds as Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad who is in the middle of a divorce. His daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) starts questioning him about his life before he got married because she’s just had her first sex ed class. Being a typical 10-year-old she wants to everything about how her parents met and fell in love.

Will decides he’ll tell her the tale, but he needs to make it a “PG” tale and decides to make it a romantic whodunit, by changing the names and some facts so that Maya will have to guess which one he finally marries.

Starting in 1992 we see Will as an idealistic politician working for the Clinton campaign. He leaves his college sweetheart, Emily (Elizabeth Banks) and meets a reporter, Summer (Rachel Weisz), as well as free spirit April (Isla Fisher), the copy girl for the campaign.

It is from these three women that Will weaves his tale of relationships spanning from 1992 through today and Maya must determine which one of these three ladies becomes Will’s wife and her mother.

I’ve been a fan of Ryan Reynolds for years, from Two Guys & A Girl, Van Wilder, Blade: Trinity and beyond. He’s been primarily (to me) a comedic actor, but here he portrays a believable father and husband going through divorce. I enjoyed this movie and liked the twist of a romantic whodunit, and don’t think it’s been done before.

Extras for Definitely, Maybe include:

Feature commentary with director Adam Brooks and star Ryan Reynolds. The duo have a lot of fun, commenting on the cast, making little digs at each other, and giving little tidbits of filming or what was going through their minds. They also commented on what they felt worked and didn’t work, this is what a commentary should be; no just patting each other on the back and you hear things that you wouldn’t if you skipped the commentary.

“Creating a Romance” – This is a behind the scenes featurette which takes an in-depth look at how the film was made, the processes involved in bringing the characters to the big screen, how casting occurred, looking for actors that were right for the part, and how the actors got into character.

“The Changing Times of Definitely, Maybe” – This featurette shows the production design of the film and how they incorporated music and production design into the film so it reflected the passing fads and fashions in each time period.

Rounding out the extras on the Definitely, Maybe DVD are several deleted scenes, and after watching them, I can understand why they were cut; they weren’t bad scenes, they just didn’t further the plot, but at least you can see them here if you so choose.

Definitely, Maybe is a unique romantic comedy that everyone should enjoy; its got romance, comedy, and a little bit of mystery thrown in for a unique twist.

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