Starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Kevin Kline

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(8-Exceptional Film)

Intriguing. Likable. Fresh.

Maya Hayes (Breslin) demands that her father (Reynolds) tell her the story of how he and her mother fell in love. He tells her the story, but includes two other romances in his life and changes the names so she doesn’t know which one ends up being her mother. As Maya puts it, it’s like a romantic mystery. Great or even very good romantic comedies are few and far between. It’s rare that I see one that is actually romantic and funny. Definitely, Maybe succeeds on both counts. The mystery element in the film is interesting, and, ultimately, you want him to end up with the person he ends up with (and isn’t that all that matters). Granted, it’s a little far-fetched that he would be telling a lot that happens to his 12-year-old daughter, but besides that, the film is smart, well-acted, and well-written.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-


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