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Definitely....maybe...a happy ending?

こんにちは、みんなさん!お元気だったな。今羽、私は友達と映画を見ました。「Definitely, Maybe」って言いました。この映画はいいだったね。。 。 で もちょっと 悲しい、終 わった時に。いつも、愛 は難 しいね。
Tonight I was with my best friend and some other friends for a catch up dinner and we went back to a friend's place and watched a movie called "Definitely, Maybe". Being a Ryan Reynold's movie I almost wrote this off as another dumb romantic comedy. But I've always had a soft spot for Abigail Breslin when I saw her in "Little Miss Sunshine" and so I thought I would give this movie a chance...I was pleasantly surprised.
For those that haven't heard of the movie, It's about a man named William Hayes who has just been served with divorce papers at his office. He sighs and heads off to pick up his daughter who has just had sex ed and is naturally full of questions and one of them is how her dad met her mother and if he dated many other women before her mother. He is very reluctant to tell the story...but eventually he gives way...on the condition that he changes the names of the women and she in turn has to guess which woman was her mother.
The story then becomes a Love mystery of sorts as he goes through the women of his life...and abigail (as well as the audience) pieces together the highs and lows of his life over a period of 10 years.
I was quite surprised at how much I began to care about William towards the end and the bittersweet feeling of letting the person we love get away. In most romantic comedies the usual formula is some dorky guy loves some hot lead lady, throw in some hunky rival some misunderstandings, comedy then a declaration of dorky leads love to the leading lady and they both ride into the sunset.
In this movie it was hard to really determine who the "leading lady" was since William did love each of them....love doesn't continue on a straight and narrow path, it is rocky, it is challenging...and sometimes we never do get that "happy ending" that we search for.
The movie did make me think afterwards...which was surprising for a romance drama.
Sometimes in life we let the ones that we love get away...sometimes it's because of ambition, distance, obligation...maybe many more reasons. As we go through life...we don't love just "one person" we love many people and sometimes we continue to love those people long after the relationship has ended.
I once did love a person once a long time ago...and I think I still do sometimes. Little memories sometimes creep back from time to time...some happy, some sad. It never did work out in the end...we had different ambitions going in different directions...in the end we parted ways. Regardless of how I felt at the time...I didn't want to be the one that held him back from following his dream so I told him to go and I nursed my broken heart.
Was it a mistake? Should I have said "Please stay I can't live without you?" I don't know...perhaps. I can relate to how sometimes the best thing we can do to the people we love...is to let them go.
This is definitely what I think...maybe.

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Romantic comedies are not really my cup of java... but wait!
Rachel Weisz is in this one!! She is just brilliant. Did you see "The Shape Of Things"??? Wow... I am a Neil LaBute fan and I think "The Shape Of Things" is almost up there with "In The Company Of Men".

I might have to check out "Definitely Maybe". After all, I even saw "The Mummy" AND "The Mummy 2" just for Ms.Weisz.

I hope she has a meaty role in this one. As for Ryan Reynolds, I just don't "get" him. He looks to me so.... TV Sitcom. You know what I mean? He is a decent looking fellow and he has good comedy timing and all... but is he a film actor?? How strange was he in "Blade 3" all buffed up?
I don't know... maybe I am being too quick in my writing him off. It's just that I once had a very disturbing image in my head of him and Alanis Morrisette naked together....
 
With Ryan Reynolds, your right you cant erase his sitcom/TV origins (I originally saw him in Two guys, a girl and a pizza place). It didnt do him any good doing those Van Wilder films either. He's very good looking, but he has the face of a young boy which makes it strange to see him try be all tough and brooding in Blade 3. I can only imagine what your image of him and Alanis would be :p.

I guess he suits the lead in "Definitely, Maybe" since he is meant to be youngish looking...I just cant get rid of his sitcom days...maybe its the curse of being pigeonholed after starring in a commercially successful sitcom. Something that Jennifer Aniston fears very much lol.

Rachel Weisz was great in the film playing a hardnosed journalist though I dont think it was too much of a stretch for her. I adored her in "The Shape of Things"! That was such a great, underrated movie...I had no idea there were other fans too!

P.S In my opinion I believe "Definitely, Maybe" was wrapped up a little "too" neatly...just like a lot of Hollywood romantic films...
 
Speaking of "Two Guys...", I used to live only a few munites from the pizza joint that the sitcom was modeled after. It is called THEO'S (in Somerville, Massachusetts, near Boston) and their pizza was OK...

If you enjoyed The Shape Of Things, do check out other films by the writer/director Neil LaBute. Aaron Eckhart is just exceptional in "In The Company Of Men" which I think is the best so far out of all LaBute's films.
 
I've always wanted to try an American Pizza...just once 😊 My friend who came back from New York last year said the Pizza in America made him feel sick...maybe he just ate from the wrong Pizza place (parlour?).

ahh I must check that that movie out!

ありがとう、あしかがさん。
 

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