Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Lifts the Spirit a Bit
- Friday, May 01, 2009
That broader point is expressed late in the film by Connor's exasperated brother, who exclaims, "For years I kept trying to convince myself there was something redeemable about you!" Turns out there is—it just took a few ghosts to bring it out in Connor.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past doesn't reinvent the romantic comedy, but neither does it shame the genre. Its frank discussion of sexual experiences goes too far at times—the movie is inappropriate for younger viewers—but Connor's moral awakening is admirable.
And McConaughey doesn't appear shirtless until the film is nearing its conclusion. Imagine that!
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- Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: Women do shots at a bar; toasts at a rehearsal dinner and wedding; Connor drinks repeatedly; a man speaks fondly of a party with 17 stewardesses and illegal drugs; Connor's uncle takes him to a bar and buys him a drink when Connor is well under age.
- Language/Profanity: Lord's name taken in vain; lots of sexual banter; some foul language; an admiring reference to orgies; much discussion of Connor's past sexual encounters; a man tells an older woman, "I bet you know your way around a bedroom"; a crude acronym is used as a punch line; a ladies' man drives a car he refers to as "the stabbin' wagon"; a boy is teased and called a "fag."
- Sex/Nudity: Models appear in their underwear; passionate kissing; a man unzips a woman's blouse; a man stands at a urinal and relieves himself, but nothing is shown; a man caresses a woman's breast and asks when casual sex became a crime; he contrasts "spooning" to "forking"; a male wedding guest is referred to as one of the bridesmaid's "wedding sex"; adolescents dance and French kiss; a reference to a one-time lesbian encounter; a woman speaks of having sex with a former child actor; a "rain of condoms"; a past sexual encounter affects a planned wedding; a woman asks what she has to do to "get laid" at a wedding.
- Violence: A woman shoots an apple off of a model's head, terrifying her; a man is slapped after propositioning a woman; a man has a vision of being buried alive.
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