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Definitely, Maybe February 15, 2008
Definitely, Maybe
Studio: Universal Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.

How a couple gets together, breaks up and maybe even gets together again.

That's the lesson of the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe."

Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is experiencing more than a little bit of relationship trouble. On the verge of divorce, his 10-year old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) is trying to figure out this whole "love" thing. So she asks her dad to share the story of how he met her mom.

But it's not a simple tale.

Will tells Maya about three very important, but very different relationships. He changes names and leaves it up to his daughter to figure out which woman turned out to be her mom.

This film is really carried by the unique way it's told through flashbacks. But the performances of Reynolds and Breslin, along with the women in his life, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz, contribute mightily to your enjoyment.

All of the acting is solid but Reynolds really shines as an everyday guy who is looking for happiness. Breslin, who was so good in "Little Miss Sunshine," does more excellent work. She's a child actor who doesn't remind you she's a child actor. The youngster is a natural who is fun to watch.

Kevin Kline also has a nice turn as an older author who gets involved in the romantic web of intrigue.

It's fun knowing Maya is trying to put the puzzle pieces together as the story moves along. And as we get to the end we learn that although some things seem broken, hearts can be mended...and true happiness can be a realistic goal. It just may take a while and a not-so-straight path to get there.

On my rating scale, "Definitely, Maybe" earns a Triple.


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