Director Adam Brooks brings a rare, palatable chick-flick
There are two kinds of people that go see chick flicks: the emotional kind who can already tell if they will be moved to tears just by the previews and the other kind, innocents dragged there by said emotional people. Fortunately, "Definitely, Maybe" is armed with a realistic and highly original plot that will satisfy both camps.
The rest of the story is told much the same style as the Princess Bride with a dash of "How I Met Your Mother" thrown in, with the narrator, Hayes, and the scene being in another time and place. The story is occasionally paused for Maya to ask such relevant questions such as "What's a threesome?" for Hayes to answer strategically, "It's a game, that adults play sometimes...when they're bored."
While this film's plot is very original, the movie as a whole is pulled down by its inability to give the actors more than cliched roles. For example, April seems to be a free spirit only because she works as a copy-girl and is bored at work. Given Fisher's more impressive roles in such movies as "Wedding Crashers" or "The Lookout", this role seems a clear waste of talent.
Oddly enough, the only actor that manages to not get bogged down in the stereotypes is Weisz. Despite the fact that her role is the most dull, that of a career woman, she not only brings the best acting and most complexity to the movie, but manages to be so good that she practically steals the show from under the feet of Reynolds and Breslin's father-daughter dynamic.
Throughout the movie, there are some lines worth remembering and plenty bland performances, but there isn't much room to laugh. Although the characters are witty, this is not a romantic comedy. It's a movie about connections with other people, it's about the funny inevitability of fate, no matter how far you drift or run away, you will somehow find a way back to certain people because they formed your existence. "Definitely, Maybe " is most easily qualified as an odd chick-flick for an aspiring couple but it is definitely a film worth noting.
"Definitely, Maybe" (112 min) is Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking. It is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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