The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)



Critic Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Videos

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Photos

Movie Info

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy -- stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a famous photographer and confirmed womanizer. He takes a break from his playboy lifestyle to attend his brother's wedding, where he becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. After Connor delivers a drunken speech at the rehearsal dinner where he says that love isn't real, he's met in the bathroom by the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Dogulas), a Hefner-esque horndog who taught Connor everything he knows about picking up chicks. Uncle Wayne informs Connor that, over the course of the evening, he'll be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. Will Connor learn to get over himself and love the right woman, or will he remain an emotional Scrooge? ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
PG-13 (for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Box Office:

Watch it now


Matthew McConaughey
as Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner
as Jenny Perotti
Breckin Meyer
as Paul Mead
Lacey Chabert
as Sandra Volkom
Michael Douglas
as Uncle Wayne
Robert Forster
as Sgt. Volkom
Anne Archer
as Vonda Volkom
Emma Stone
as Allison Vandermeersh
Noureen DeWulf
as Melanie
Tom Kemp
as Minister
Amanda Walsh
as Denice the Bridesmaid
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Critic Reviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (33)

This movie I think really did the impossible. It makes Failure To Launch look like The Thin Man.

May 4, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's a tired premise with some even weaker gags.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Just in case you can't get enough of the romantic comedy oeuvre of Matthew McConaughey, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is here to remind you that, yes, some films of his are even worse than Failure to Launch, Surfer Dude, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

I'm almost embarrassed to admit I found Ghosts of Girlfriends Past the season's first genuine guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Only two characters might qualify as sympathetic.

May 1, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Please, ladies, don't go see this movie. (Chances are most men would rather put out their eyes than go see a film with such a title.)

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Clever re-telling of Dickensian morality tale. Attractive and endearing cast and sweet message of love and forgiveness.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Not the worst romantic comedy I have ever seen and it did make me laugh out loud at certain points, but in the end we are dealing with a genre that we as an audience know better than our own reflections. We know the Dickens tale just as well, so combining the two gave very few surprises and I feel with the rom com genre, surprises in an otherwise stagnant movie are what set them apart from the crowd. McConaughey was, well he was himself, just as the cameo from Douglas and the watery semi-presence of Garner. Still it was watchable and gave what it said it would - teary eyes, lessons learned and a whole lot of promiscous and vaccuous sexual innuendo.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer


A little bit on the boring and slow side, but it kept me entertained enough to watch the whole movie.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Quotes

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past on our Movie forum!

News & Features