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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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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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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
Josh Caras
as 1994 Intern
Max Pomeranc
as Roberdo Campaign Waitress
Robert Klein
as Himself
Emily Wickersham
as 1998 Intern
Adam Brooks
as Bookstore Owner
Rick Derby
as Visitor from Planet Ordon
Bob Wiltfong
as School Dad
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Critic Reviews for Definitely, Maybe

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (48)

This is straight-up young people whining about their relationships.

September 8, 2009 | Rating: B-
Top Critic

It's sweet natured and brightly played.

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

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

February 25, 2008 | Full Review…

Tthe performances are very strong.

February 19, 2008

The romantic comedy has become such a wasteland of physical humor, predictable plots, and nauseating manipulation that Definitely, Maybe is more remarkable for what it doesn't do.

February 16, 2008 | Full Review…

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

February 15, 2008

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

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