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Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (2009/Warner Blu-ray + DVD)


Picture: B-/C     Sound: B-/C+     Extras: D     Film: D



Matthew McConaughey continues to take the easy paychecks playing the male bimbo and at this rate, he is the only sub-A star who can play the same character over and over again, so I guess we will get stuck with more bad, unfunny, would-be romantic (read unromantic) comedies (read unfunny) like Mark Waters’ Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (2009) making me think he ought to work with John Waters instead.


The formula is like a flavor of Kool-Aid that should be discontinued.  Take a profession of some sort where you can make some money (photographer here) and have time to socialize, add McConaughey, shake well and hope it does not look like every other bad such film he has made.  Make him a guy who cannot commit, is a little bit of a wiseass and show he is immature, as if not committing makes one automatically idiotic.  Then hire a female lead that looks good on camera (Jennifer Garner) as the woman who can change his life by challenging him on the most juvenile level and you get another feature film waste of time.


Michael Douglas has a cameo (stealing his scene), plus Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Robert Forster and Anne Archer also get hired with a budget that is more than this script and project ever deserved.  I never bought Garner and McConaughey, plus this is so boring.  The old adage applies…


If you’ve seen one bad McConaughey comedy, you’ve seen them all.



The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is weak and detail-challenged throughout.  There is a slight noise throughout as well and the anamorphically enhanced widescreen DVD is much worse.  The 1.33 X 1 pan and scan version on the DVD is just slightly worse, but does not get a C- because the widescreen is that bad on the DVD.


The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is also weak throughout with dialogue that is not as clear as it should be, even though this is dialogue-based.  Notice I did not say words like “joke” or “funny” but the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in the DVD’s versions are even poorer and weaker due to that old codec’s compression.  Extras are only on the Blu-ray and include BD Live functions, additional scenes and three featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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