|Why Can't Hollywood Actually Think These Things Through?
||[Apr. 25th, 2009|10:59 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
By now you've no doubt seen ads everywhere for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, the Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner romantic comedy opening next week. They're pretty hard to avoid. It's as if the studio is overcompensating because it took this film something like six years to get made while funding kept getting pulled and male leads kept dropping out. Back in 2003, it was supposed to star Ben Affleck!
Anyway, according to IMDB, the movie is about a handsome, roguish, secretly romantic womanizer (is there any other kind in movies?) who is "haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother's wedding." It's kind of like a romantic comedy version of A Christmas Carol, but instead of the ghosts being conceptual -- Christmas Past, Christmas Future, etc. -- they're the ghosts of real people, women the character has ostensibly dicked over.
And here's where we run into the big problem in the story. A really big problem. Something, in fact, that I've been wondering about since this movie was first announced back in 2003.
Why are all his ex-girlfriends dead?