the Philandering Scrooge: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Loosely based on A Christmas Carol, this 2009 film is a romantic comedy that, although not highly rated, is kind of fun. Any lass between the age of 16 and 60, who has ever dated, will recognize the candy canes and peppermintwomanizing main character played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s not a Christmas film but an interesting example of creative adaptations of the classic story.

 Favorite scene: the “ghost” of girlfriend past: gum-popping, wise-cracking, teenie-bopper Allison, played by Emma Stone.Surprisingly, as I just found out, Emma also played Skeeter in the Help, and Wichita in Zombieland. The three characters are so different and her look so altered that I didn’t even recognize that it was the same actress in all three films. Wow! I’m impressed…and entertained.

Rated PG-13, 100 minutes

Matthew McConaughey                  Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner                                  Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas                                 Uncle Wayne
Breckin Meyer                                      Paul
Lacey Chabert                                      Sandra
Robert Forster                                    Sergeant Volkorn
Anne Archer                                         Vonda Volkorn
Emma Stone                                        Allison Vandermeersch

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