Sara Vilkomerson’s Third Stringer: Cute Overload!

c thirdstringergirlfriends Sara Vilkomersons Third Stringer: Cute Overload!Here’s a question we found ourselves pondering while watching Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: If Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner were a real-life couple and then they had a baby, would its entire face be one giant dimple? ’Cause we’re telling you, the dimple action in this movie between the two comely stars is downright distracting! Of course, the other glaringly obvious question to ask in regard to this movie is why on earth it is coming out in May when it’s such a clear retelling of A Christmas Carol. Or rather 1988’s (totally awesome) Scrooged, but instead of Bill Murray we get Mr. McConaughey playing an unrepentant playboy who’s visited by three ghosts (past, present and future) to show him the errors of his ways. Ms. Garner plays his sweet one-who-got-away childhood love. Honestly, the two stars are so nice to look at, it’s easy to forget the silliness that goes on onscreen! And boy, there’s plenty—not the least of it, Michael Douglas playing Mr. McConaughey’s deceased Uncle Wayne, who once taught him the very important lesson that in a relationship, whoever cares less has the power. Sigh. On the upside, we’re always happy to see Breckin Meyer, who plays the good brother to Mr. McConaughey’s bad one. Nice casting! Also another blast from the past: Party of Five’s Lacey Chabert as Mr. Meyer’s stressed-out-bride-to-be.

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