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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past title card

Year - 2009
Studio - New Line Cinema
Stars - Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas, Breckin Meyer, Lacy Chabert, Robert Forster
Director - Mark Waters
Writing Credits - Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Music - Rolfe Kent

Synopsis

Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a bachelor playboy and a famous Vanity Fair photographer with a very cynical view on relationships, love and marriage. When he goes home to attend the wedding preparations and ceremony of his brother Paul (Brecklin Meyer) he attempts to talk him out of going through with it, to the dismay of the bride-to-be, Sandra (Lacy Chabert). Equally disgusted by his behavior is Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), who was his first love but whom he dumped in favor of a hedonistic lifestyle.

He is confronted by the ghost of his late uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) who had been his personal hero and role model. Uncle Wayne tells him that he is on the wrong path, and will be visited by three "ghosts" of former girlfriends, who will make him see the error of his ways.

The first one to arrive is his "ghost from the past", who takes him on a tour of his life to now, how his attitudes about and behavior towards women evolved, largely because of the Uncle Wayne influence. The second is the "ghost of the present" who shows him how others, who appear to admire and idolize him in his presence, actually feel about him in his absence. The final visitor, a silent "ghost from the future" leads him to his own funeral where only one guest attends, his brother Paul.

Connor begins to realize that his life is a desperate, hollow shell and that he must immediately repair his relationships with Jenny and with his family.

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is an obvious take-off of A Christmas Carol. When Connor awakes to his life-changing insight, he opens the window from his second floor bedroom and calls out to a young snow shoveling boy, "Hey, what day is this? Is it Christmas?" The youngster replies, "No, it's Saturday you moron!"