“Definitely, Maybe” is a romantic comedy from the producers of “Love, Actually” and “Notting Hill” with a young man at the center of the action.
“Definitely, Maybe” is a romantic comedy from the producers of “Love, Actually” and “Notting Hill” with a young man at the center of the action.Ryan Reynolds’ Will Hayes is a newly divorced dad whose precocious 10-year-old daughter (Abigail Breslin) wants the dirt on his romantic past before he married her mom.Will begins his tale as a recent college graduate with lofty ambition who goes to New York to sort out his life. We meet each woman in flashback and are supposed to guess who among Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz became Breslin’s mother.One bonus feature, called “The Changing Times,” explains how writer-director Adam Brooks made the flashback scenes, beginning in 1992, authentic. You’ll notice those clunky cell phones and lots of Bill Clinton and Kurt Cobain references.Since you can’t fake New York, the film is shot in Manhattan, and the set includes four distinct cityscapes. The passing time is seen in the deli Will goes to as it starts out as a bodega and ends up an Internet cafe serving designer coffee.“Creating a Romance” is a behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews. It gives good insight into the making of and the casting of the film. Fisher is particularly engaging in this portion.Other bonuses include five deleted scenes, all of which deserved to land on the cutting-room floor, and feature commentary with Brooks and Reynolds, explaining what went on behind the scenes as the movie goes along.Thanks to Reynolds’ wit and humor, the commentary is snappy and funny and doesn’t interrupt the flow of the film.If you’re watching for the first time, don’t peek at the bonus features until after. You won’t want anything to spoil the “Who’s your mommy” mystery.