New DVD: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (12)By Anna Roberts
September 23, 2009
When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol you can bet he did not expect Hollywood to steal his ghostly concept and Californianise it – although in fairness he probably would not have banked on The Muppets adapting it either.
And yet The Muppets’ Christmas Carol is one of the festive seasons favourites – although it is unlikely Ghosts of Girlfriends Past will win the same kudos.
Fashion photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaghy) dates – and sleeps with – women like nobody’s business.
This is demonstrated early on when he dumps three ladies via conference call – while with another woman.
Travelling home to his brother Paul’s wedding, he acts like a total idiot, refusing to give a speech, breaking the cake and attempting to seduce the mother-of-the-bride.
So it comes as a big surprise – to him at least – when three ghosts of his ex-girlfriends visit him. They take him on a whistle stop tour through his past – and what will happen in the future if he does not change.
And so it emerges his promiscuous behaviour dates from his parents’ untimely death and his girlfriend Jenny (Jennifer Garner) dumping him for another boy at the school disco when he was a child.
Viewers might think these are pretty shoddy excuses – they are.
About four minutes into the film anyone with half (and that is being generous) a brain will realise exactly what is going to happen.
The plot is weak, the characters underdeveloped and Connor as a lead not particularly amiable.
But it does have all right points. As always Garner is very sweet and likeable and McConaghy is hot.
The lead actor being a bit of a babe, however, is not enough to save a film – which explains why Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is best enjoyed by under-15s.