Not Connor Mead. McConaughey's latest egocentric womanizer has bedded thousands of girls in the name of casual sex, and they all come back to haunt him on the eve of his kid brother's (Breckin Meyer) wedding in Mark Waters' Ghosts.
It's a premise that's as old as the Dickens. Charles Dickens, that is, whose A Christmas Carol powers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore's predictable yet sporadically endearing screenplay. But lively support from versatile actors who play characters both living and dead prevent us from fully ushering Ghosts into the afterlife.
It's been a while since McConaughey had as confident and as ravishing a foil as he gets in Jennifer Garner. Her light comedic touch and comforting smile enrich her role as Connor's one-that-got-away. Most of the tenderness found in Ghosts begins and ends with Garner, who's nimble enough to go toe-to-toe with McConaughey and win her share of the bouts.
That might be because the laid-back Texan is mildly coasting. He has danced these steps before, and aside from an inspired physical routine involving a champagne bottle and a wedding cake, McConaughey isn't embarking on any real challenges here. Neither is Waters, for that matter, who explored romantic connections from beyond the grave in the equally pleasant but ordinary Reese Witherspoon comedy, Just Like Heaven.
Maybe Waters has a fascination with the deceased? Then again, if all spirits were as hip as Michael Douglas, I'd brush up on the afterlife, as well. The 64-year-old star plays the late Uncle Wayne, Connor's inspiration in all things romantic who dresses like legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans, talks like a castoff from Sinatra's Rat Pack, and instructs his heartbroken teenage protégé how to treat "dames." Leave it to Douglas to make the most out of Ghosts.
Extreme yoga with Matthew McConaughey.
Run time: 100 mins
In Theaters: Friday 1st May 2009
Box Office USA: $55.2M
Box Office Worldwide: $54.3M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: New Line Cinema
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 26%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 103
IMDB: 5.7 / 10
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, Jennifer Garner as Jenny Perotti, Michael Douglas as Uncle Wayne, Emma Stone as Allison Vandermeersh, Breckin Meyer as Paul, Lacey Chabert as Sandra, Robert Forster as Sergeant Volkom, Anne Archer as Vonda Volkom, Daniel Sunjata as Brad, Noureen DeWulf as Melanie
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