Reviewed by: Cheryl Rakowski, M.Ed.
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|Featuring:||Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Michael Douglas, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Robert Forster, Anne Archer, See all »|
|Director:||Mark Waters—“Mean Girls,” “Freaky Friday,” “Just Like Heaven”|
|Producer:||New Line Cinema, Brad Epstein, Jonathan Shestack, Jessica Tuchinsky, Marcus Viscidi|
|Distributor:||New Line Cinema|
“You can’t always run from your past.”
I knew going into this movie that it was going to be heavily attended. The theater I went to was jam packed with teenage girls-everywhere. The movie began with Matthew McConaughey, playing as a famous model photographer, Connor Mead. Connor is a man who doesn’t believe in love or marriage but believes very much in shallow, physical relationships with countless women. He uses women for his own pleasure without regard for their feelings or well-being.
The majority of the storyline takes place at his dead uncle’s residence—a beautiful mansion where his younger brother is getting married to the woman of his dreams. The women in the wedding party are just as shallow and immoral as Connor Mead, with the exception of Connor’s old love, Jenny, played by Jennifer Garner. Connor is supposed to be his brother’s best man at the wedding, but his lack of feeling and disregard for others causes him to nearly ruin his brother’s wedding.
In the mean time, Connor is visited in the bathroom by his dead Uncle Wayne, played by Michael Douglas. He appears in ghost form and informs Connor of the impending visits he will receive that evening from three ghosts. One ghost takes him to the past, one to the present, and one to the future, to show him the damage he has done by his lack of care for all the women in his life. It takes a lot for him to see the pain he has inflicted by his repulsive behavior.
I won’t spoil the ending by telling what happens next. I will say that Connor shows some redemptive qualities in the end, which give the Christian audience a glimmer of hope. God can make beauty from ashes. (No Christian references are made in this movie.)
This movie is coated with sexual jokes, sexual references, and provocative behavior. Fornication is an everyday occurrence in the lives of these characters. Marriage is portrayed as a worthless event, not intended for the intelligent man or woman. Instead, just living life to the fullest and sleeping with whomever you like is glamorized. The movie also portrays women as shallow, desperate, and aggressive—something you would not want your teenage daughter to be. The quest to “catch” a woman is all part of the game Connor’s dead uncle taught him as a young boy. This teaching and encouragement to drink alcohol as a minor constitutes child abuse. One of the ghosts mentions that child protective services should have been called.
Excessive drinking of alcohol is rampant in this movie. The cast use vulgarity and curse words throughout the film. One gay character has a short, one line appearance. The funniest lines in the movie are what you already saw on the trailers for the movie. This movie was somewhat boring to me, and I typically love a good romance story. Even without all the repetitive, inappropriate sexual content and vulgar language, this movie would still be dull and predictable. The slight redemptive changes that Connor makes in the end don’t make up for all negatives throughout the movie. Save your money for something worthwhile, because “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” isn’t it.
“So put to death the sinful, Earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires…”—Colossians 3:5 (NLT version)
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. —Matthew 5:8
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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