Christine Spines
April 29, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/01/09
performer
Matthew McConaughey, Lacey Chabert, Jennifer Garner
director
Mark S. Waters
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
genre
Romance

We gave it a B-

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas
Directed by: Mark Waters
Release date: May 1

This latest guy-won’t-grow-up comedy follows a terminal bachelor (McConaughey) who realizes he let his soul mate (Garner) slip away only after he’s visited by phantom paramours — A Christmas Carol-style — from his past, present, and future. Over the years, Ben Affleck and Vince Vaughn flirted with the role before McConaughey signed on. ”I can safely say that the women in my real-life past are not as pissed at me as the women are at my character,” says McConaughey, ”but there may be a few [ex-girlfriends] who want to cut off the two things hangin’ down low.” McConaughey himself recently retired his ingle-guy jersey when he settled down with partner Camila Alves and became a dad, to son Levi, in 2008. ”The fact that [McConaughey]] was going through the same sea change as the character added real weight to his performance,” says Waters (Mean Girls), who cast Garner as the actor’s fiercely feminine foil. The strategy worked. ”We do some heavyweight sparring,” says McConaughey. ”It was fun and racy and sexy and strong.”

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