Definitely, Maybe


Definitely, Maybe (2008)


Critic Consensus: With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre.


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A political consultant in the midst of a bitter divorce attempts to delicately divulge the truth about his past relationships to his curious young daughter, who simply won't stop asking questions until she's satisfied with all the answers. Ten-year-old Maya (Abigail Breslin) is heartbroken to see her parents splitting up, but she's determined to find out precisely how it was that mom and dad came together in the first place. When Maya starts questioning her father Will (Ryan Reynolds) about his life before marriage, dad's memories soon drift back to the time when, as a naïve Wisconsin native and aspiring politician hoping to work on the presidential election, he first arrived in New York City. As Will gradually became savvy to the ways of the big city, he gradually developed romantic relationships with three very different women: Emily (Elizabeth Banks) was the girl-next-door that he could always depend on, apolitical April (Isla Fisher) was the best friend and confidante who was always there to listen, and free-spirited journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz) was both beautiful and ambitious. In order to prevent his perceptive little girl from predicting the outcome before his story is told, Will carefully changes the names of his three romantic interests, creating a hopelessly romantic puzzle that highlights both the joys and hardships of true love.

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Ryan Reynolds
as Will Hayes
Rachel Weisz
as Summer Hartley
Derek Luke
as Russell T. McCormack
Abigail Breslin
as Maya Hayes
Kevin Kline
as Hampton Roth
Nestor Serrano
as Arthur Robredo
Dale Leigh Walker
as Bill Clinton
An Nguyen
as Ad Exec
Sakina Jaffrey
as School Mom
Melisa McGregor
as Bartender
Joshua Caras
as 1994 Intern
Max Pomeranc
as Roberdo Campaign Waitress
Robert Klein
as Himself
Emily Wickersham
as 1998 Intern
Adam Brooks
as Bookstore Owner
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Critic Reviews for Definitely, Maybe

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (38)

It's sweet natured and brightly played.

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Definitely, Maybe, which was written and directed by Adam Brooks, has charm and spirit.

Feb 25, 2008 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Tthe performances are very strong.

Feb 19, 2008

Everything feels derivative and nothing rings true -- it's The Way We Weren't.

Feb 15, 2008 | Full Review…

Is this movie the best romantic comedy of the year? Maybe not. Do you walk out with a smile on your face? Definitely.

Feb 15, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

Definitely, Maybe isn't terrible exactly, but it's bland, and in some ways that's worse. It's a romance posing as a detective story in which the solution is obvious and not worth the fuss.

Feb 15, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Definitely, Maybe

One of the best Rom-com's in recent years. Not full of laughs throughout, it does have it's more serious and dramatic parts along the way. It does have a great cast with Renolds, the 3 female leads and a good performance by Abigail Breslin as Reynolds daughter. A good story largely told in retrospective segments as a father tells his daughter of his 3 main loves in his life, to see if she can work out which one was her mother. A class above most Rom-coms, with aspects similar to The Notebook and Serendipity!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

This is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. The story is romantic and snappy, keeping just the right amount of mystery so that it is not confusing but whimsically engrossing. I loved having the setting during Bill Clinton's time - it weathered and toughened out the story in an aspect where it definitely could've been too "fairytale". Isla Fisher is the European Amy Adams; I thought she was so, so adorable whenever she delivered anything. I hope she gets a great career in the future.

I still kind of hate Ryan Reynolds because his acting style has touches of the egotistical and fake, but I think he manages to obtain a decent amount of chemistry with all four female characters (Abigail Breslin included). The casting was pretty much flawless, even though I think they could've had Elizabeth Banks do more and had us like her more. She can be perfectly endearing, that one.

But as a general idea, I highly recommend this movie to anyone and I couldn't stop smiling throughout!

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

The ending got me with this film. Ryan Reynolds played Abigail Bronsons father so perfectly and this is one of the best love stories written.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Ryan Reynolds and Abigal Breslin shine in this beautiful movie that in the end had me in tears. Isla Fisher as April is also wonderful in this. Just a great movie.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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