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It's no accident that the producers Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, are the pair responsible for such romantic comedies as Love Actually, About a Boy, Bridget Jones's Diary and Notting Hill, all starring Hugh Grant.
There's really nothing terribly wrong with Definitely, Maybe, but there's nothing strikingly right about it, either; it's as good as it needs to be, and no more. It'll do in a Valentine's Day pinch, until something better comes along.
The creative team here has ties to that Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones crowd, which may explain why so many of Ryan Reynolds's lines sound as if they might have been better delivered by a young Hugh Grant.
It won't be on anybody's 10-best list at the end of the year. But it's agreeable and engaging and real enough in the right smallish ways, and it has an emotional maturity at odds with the high-grade plastic from which it's constructed.
As the movie is about a character's growing into his own truth rather than discovering some preordained truth, Definitely, Maybe is hard to outguess. For once in a romantic comedy you won't be able to tell after 5 minutes who will end up together.
Reynolds provides the perfect foil for these spiky women. Quietly masculine and so relaxed in his effects that he could be prescribed for anxiety, Reynolds exudes an elusive charisma that suggests Ryan O'Neal by way of George Gobel.
[Adam] Brooks' movie has romantic ambition, something lacking in Hollywood romantic comedies of late. But he has made a slow-footed, long-winded comedy with more grins than laughs, an arm's-length romance with a real eye-roller of an ending.