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The Definitive Ranking Of Matthew McConaughey Rom-Coms
As he wins an Oscar, we assess his fluffy past endeavours

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In these post-McConnaissance days, in a world where Matthew McConaughey is a (well-deserved) Oscar winner, it’s hard to remember that he was once known as the lead of a series of light-to-weightless romantic comedies. But so it is, and as he leaves those days behind and enters his new phase as the go-to guy for surprising indies, heavyweight dramas and barnstorming TV, we have decided to wrap up the old version with a definitive ranking of his rom-com era, from worst to best. Read on and see if you agree - and consider doing it while listening to the dulcet tones of the man himself on our recent podcast interview...

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5. GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST (2009)

Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (2009)

Imagine A Christmas Carol that features neither Christmas nor carols, and preaches the virtues of monogamy rather than charity, and you pretty much have this film. A womaniser (McConaughey) who’s a lot less charming than his usual characters screws up his brother’s rehearsal dinner and has a visit from the ghost of the uncle who taught him his slutty ways. That’s followed by the shades of three women who teach him the error of his ways, so that he finally gets together with childhood sweetheart Jenny (Jennifer Garner) and patches up his brother’s wedding.

It all poses an interesting philosophical conundrum: how can these girlfriends be ghosts if they are alive? One of them at least is present at the wedding and not obviously comatose or eligible for any sort of out-of-body experience, what with being visibly in her body. So is this some sort of spectral body-snatching affair? Are actual spirits squatting in the personalities of these women in order to assist some bloke who treated said women badly? Way to make women subservient to your asshat central character!

Alternatively, is McConaughey imagining the whole thing in some sort of schizoid break? Then why does he imagine his eldery, dead uncle hitting on the phantasm of his 16 year-old ex-girlfriend? That is one sick puppy. And does someone who has borderline lost it really deserve to end up with lovely Jennifer Garner? We’re not sure they have thought this through.

In short: dead on arrival.

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In case if you guys are also interested in the jacket that Mathew wore in the movie ghosts of the girl friend's past please visit this More

Posted by rebeccastephen on Thursday March 13, 2014, 08:41

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Dont forget he also made A Time to Kill, Contact and the underrated Frailty around this time! I think this hasbeen his plan all along (just like prince hal in Henry IV) More

Posted by sleepwalker on Thursday March 6, 2014, 15:20

3 Long May The McConaissance Continue
You can tell how bad these movies are by the amount of pratfalls in the trailer, Fool's Gold has about a zillion. Pratfalls have nothing to do with character or situation and are lazy writing that just goes for cheap laughs. McConaughey was right to cash in, women love him (even on the Oscars they were screaming at him). He looks like Paul Newman, after his Oscar win, let's hope he starts acting like him. No more of this bilge. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday March 5, 2014, 17:19

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Just...look at him! He just looks so stupid! Thank god he's done with them! More

Posted by Darren47 on Wednesday March 5, 2014, 11:37

5 J-Law
Jennifer Lawrence's make-up in The Wedding Planner (page 4) is incredible!!! She looks just like Jennifer Lopez. Wow. But I still think Meryl Streep should have played Batman. More

Posted by alantryan on Monday March 3, 2014, 10:38


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