“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”
Presumably, you don’t even have to acknowledge
anymore the borrowed idea of the appearance of three
Present, and Future, or cite “The Christmas Carol,”
or give any reference to Dickens or his estate or his
suppose it is considered sufficiently widespread
culturally as to be permanently in the public domain,
like Cinderella, or Goldilocks?
the movie “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” borrows
unashamedly the idea, but actually four ghosts appear to
a self-centered, selfish bachelor named Connor Mead
The first is his Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas),
the Hugh-Hefner-like figure who raised him after his
parents died, and showed him how to be a true playboy:
that is, treat women like objects to be used and
Departed Uncle Wayne now tries to tell him how that
selfish road leads to a lot of loneliness.
Then the ghost of his first prom date takes him
on an embarrassing tour through all the girls he has
bedded and discarded, followed by the ghost of his
current administrative assistant, who points out to him
what a fool he’s making of himself at his brother’s
wedding, and how blind he is not to see how much he
still loves his boyhood flame, Jenny (Jennifer Garner). Then
a very silent ghost of his future shows him how much he
ruined his brother’s life by telling his bride, on the
eve of the wedding, about his tete-a-tete with one of
her bridesmaids, back when they first started dating.
So not only would he die alone and lonely, so
would his only brother.
our cad turns into a changed man, and does his level
best to right himself, and the damage he’s already
done, before it’s too late.
It’s sweet and cute and we root for the fated
couple, Connor and Jenny, even as we’re wondering how
much they really have in common, other than missed
you get what you expect out of this romantic comedy,
along with an unapologetic literary reference.
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is cute and
harmless and light-hearted; the kind of movie where you
feel even better about yourself if you happen to be
watching it with your childhood sweetheart.
the Ghosts of your Past, Present, and Future appeared to
you, what do you think they would say?
How does the “Playboy”
mentality both idolize and denigrate women?
Dr. Ronald P.
Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church,