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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Review Critics


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The death of comedy. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A bizarre conflation of chick flick and "A Christmas Carol."

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie clumps through one witless if not wince-evoking sequence after another without the relief of laughter.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Ghosts can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a racy raunchfest or a sentimental celebration of soul mates. So it ends up being a sappy, sleazy hybrid.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Despite my McConaughey resistance I got more guilty chuckles from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past than "Failure to Launch" or "Four Christmases."

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is cheesy, tacky, and gimmicky. But as directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), it's also prankish and inventive enough to be kind of fun.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Predictable romcom has some iffy stuff, but OK for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this predictable romantic comedy about a shameless womanizer who ultimately sees the error of his ways has plenty of innuendo and discussion about sex, though there's more talk than action. Expect to see deep kissing, some groping, and a clothed man being straddled by a scantily clad woman while they make out. There's also some swearing ("bitch," "damn," etc.) and drinking, including a scene in which an uncle buys his eighth-grade nephew a drink in a bar.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about relationships and sex. Why is Connor's behavior so bad? Why do you think he turned out the way he did? And why does Jenny still have feelings for him, considering how he treated her?
  • How is this movie similar to and different from other romantic comedies?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: A chauvinistic man who believes that women should be loved and left gets his comeuppance; ultimately, he's persuaded by true love to put his best foot forward.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: While the main character is a shameless womanizer, it's clear that he's not meant to be taken seriously as a role model -- and he learns the error of his ways.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A woman slaps a man; two brothers yell at each other; a man crashes his car at the bottom of a hill.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of innuendoes ("spooning isn't as much fun as forking," etc.) and a fair amount of discussion about what women and men want in bed. Deep kissing, though some of it is played for laughs. Characters talk about wanting "wedding sex," a man gropes his brother's future mother-in-law, and scantily clad women prance around a photographer's studio -- later, one of them is seen straddling the photographer and making out with him.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes one use of "s--t," plus "a--hole," "ass," "damn," "hell," "bitch," "laid," "banged," "screwed," "dick," "oh my God," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A Polaroid camera figures in the plot, and characters mention alcohol brands by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character talks about snorting a pile of cocaine (but it's not shown). Characters drink heavily during a wedding weekend, sometimes intentionally to excess. An uncle takes an eighth grader to a bar and orders hard liquor for him.