Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

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A heartless womanizing bachelor (Matthew McConaughey) is visited by the ghosts of his playboy uncle (Michael Douglas) and those of his jilted girlfriends (Emma Stone, Noureen DeWulf and Olga Maliouk) on the eve of the wedding of his brother (Breckin Meyer), and he comes to realize the depth of his feelings for his childhood sweetheart (Jennifer Garner). Though there's ultimately a wonderfully redemptive outcome and a strong affirmation of marriage and fidelity, along with a couple of superlative scenes for McConaughey, director Mark Waters' "A Christmas Carol" retread is marred by far too much crude and smutty humor before getting there.

Watch out for: Crass sexual talk and innuendo, some crude language and fleeting profanity, premarital sexual situations and a drug reference.

Rated: USCCB: L; MPAA: PG-13

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