Definitely, Maybe

2008

Definitely, Maybe

Critics Consensus

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

71%

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72%

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Will Hayes is a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the presidential campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. Will hopelessly attempts a gentler version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess which woman her father finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next door Emily? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April? Or, is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back... and maybe even possible to find a happy ending.

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Cast

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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  • Jan 05, 2018
    I've always had a soft spot for this one, and well done romantic comedies in general. Yes, they are lightning rods for criticism, sometimes bordering on schmaltz and/or formulaic. However, 'Definitely, Maybe' avoids all that reasonably well, and is as entertaining for me as the classic films of this genre from yesteryear, with a script peppered with funny lines, a great cast, and an endearing plot. A young girl (Abigail Breslin) demands that her father (Ryan Reynolds) tell her about the time he met her mother, and why it is that despite falling in love then, they're now heading for divorce. Reynolds agrees under the condition he won't reveal which of the women in the story of his past ultimately became her mother. Told in a flashback, we see his early years working on the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, and the women in his life (Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, and Rachel Weisz). All of the principals turn in strong performances, with Isla Fisher in particular dialing up her considerable charms. The subplot of collecting old editions of 'Jane Eyre' with inscriptions in them, along with the scene with the line "I kept the book because it was the only thing that I had left of you" is touching. The proposal scene in Central Park is also fantastic. Director Adam Brooks captures some great shots in New York and includes a great soundtrack. This is a smart, funny, and entertaining rom-com.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2016
    How much did Brooks get paid to write this crap? No one will ever know. I had to start skipping to better parts cuz I was completely bored after 20 minutes. I just can't believe the plot, characters nor the SCORE. That's how bad the film was. It was not funny, it was not clever, it was plain boring.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    It's a fresh entrance in the rom-com genre that has its share of charming performances and a script that just keeps you guessing.
    Ilyaas H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer

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