Ryan Reynolds stars as Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love.
Will’s story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the presidential campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women.
Will hopelessly attempts a gentler version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess who is the woman her father finally married. Is her mother Will’s college sweetheart, the dependable girl next door Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer (Rachel Weisz)?
This movie is definitely a chick flick. If you have ever watched the TV show “How I met your Mother”, this is the movie version. This is to say it is a very long version that could have been edited more to make the story move a little faster. It’s cute at times and will provide you some laughs. It is also sad at times and will bring some tears to many viewers.
A man is getting a divorce and it is his day to pick up his young daughter of ten at school. When he gets there, he finds that the school has given the children a sex education class. This leads to a great discussion about the new found facts this young girl has now learned about sex. Discussions with a child regarding sex and life during their early years are difficult. Will’s experience is no different. Young Maya learns some interesting things about her dad and also about her mother for that fact. Even though Will changes the names in his story, Maya tries to guess which lady in the story is her mom.
Due to the language and sex content, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.