Definitely, Maybe (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Definitely, Maybe (2008)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 59,245 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 14 February 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: UK:112 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $31,973,840(USA)(6 April 2008)
  • Director: Adam Brooks
  • Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz and Abigail Breslin
  • Original Music By: Clint Mansell (music by)  
  • Soundtrack: Even After All
  • Sound Mix: Dolby | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Love | College | Divorce | Girl | Wisconsin

Writing Credits By:

  • Adam Brooks (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Abigail Breslin’s character makes reference to her American Girls doll collection stating that they would be “worth a fortune”. Breslin is the third actress to play one of the American Girls, Kit Kittredge, in her own movie (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl). Both films were released in 2008. (Other movies made from American Girls stories are based on the characters Felicity and Samantha)
  • Many of the bar scenes were filmed in the upper west-side bar Jake’s Dilemma, 81st and Amsterdam.

Goofs: Anachronisms: When William first visits April in her apartment during the Bill Clinton 1992 New York primary campaign, April plays "In Spite Of Me" by Morphine (followed by Nirvana's "Come As You Are"). "In Spite Of Me" wasn't released until Morphine's September 1993 album Cure For Pain.

Plot: A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter. Full summary »  »

Story: Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, 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 Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a 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. On the campaign, Will's best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married…Written by Orange  


Synopsis: Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is a 38-year-old father who is in the midst of a divorce. His 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) lives with her mother but is with him twice a week. On one of these occasions she questions him about his life before marriage. After her first sex-ed class, Maya first asks and then insists on hearing the story of how her parents met and decided to get married. Will gives in, but decides to change the names and some facts, thereby creating a love mystery, with Maya guessing which of the women will be her mom. The story he tells Maya is depicted in long flashbacks. From time to time the film switches back to the present, where Maya comments and asks questions.

The story begins in 1992, where Will, a starry-eyed aspiring politician, moves away from Wisconsin and his college sweetheart, Emily (Elizabeth Banks) to New York to work on the Clinton campaign. She gives him a closed packet and asks him to give it to her friend Summer Hartley (Rachel Weisz), an aspiring journalist. In New York, he meets April (Isla Fisher), the copy girl for the campaign. Before bringing the packet to Summer, Will opens it- it is Summer’s diary. Encouraged by his roommate Russell (Derek Luke), he reads it, and comes across pages describing a love affair between Emily and Summer. He visits Summer to bring the diary, and meets her roommate and sometimes-lover, her college professor, a famous writer named Hampton Roth (Kevin Kline). When Will leaves Summer kisses him, leaving Will shocked and confused.

Will and April have a chance meeting outside work, where Will reveals he is going to propose to Emily. When Will practices a proposal to Emily on April, she is taken aback by Will’s words, and replies, "Definitely, maybe." They go back to her apartment, where April has multiple copies of Jane Eyre in her collection, explaining that her father gave her a copy with an inscription in the front shortly before he died, and the book was later lost. She has spent years buying copies of Jane Eyre from secondhand stores, hoping to find the copy her father gave her. April talks about her dreams to travel around the world, which she finds herself unable to do because of her current relationship with someone she rarely sees. When Will suggests she break up with her boyfriend to fulfill her desires, the two eventually share a kiss, with Will leaving quickly and berating himself.

Emily visits New York, and Will proposes in Central Park (first by recounting the story of his parents’ engagement, and then by going through the words he said to April), but Emily turns him down and confesses she slept with Will’s former roommate in Wisconsin, Charlie. Will is heartbroken. Time goes by, Bill Clinton becomes president of the United States, and Will and Russell start their own consulting firm. Their biggest client is Arthur Robredo (Nestor Serrano), their former employer on the Clinton campaign who is running to be Governor of New York. April travels the world like she wanted, and she and Will become pen-pals. Eventually, with the encouragement of Roth, Will and Summer become romantically involved. In the meantime April returns from her travels as she realized that the man she truly loves is Will. However she meets him as he’s buying the engagement ring for Summer. April is heartbroken, but at the time Will doesn’t notice it. Will and Summer’s relationship ends when Summer writes an unfavorable story about Robredo, leading to Robredo’s defeat and damaging Will’s career and friendship with Russell.

Will becomes disillusioned about his choice of profession when Bill Clinton is implicated in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He hates his job, and starts to drink heavily after finding out that April is dating a new guy. In a drunken rant, he confesses romantic feelings to her, but in the process, ends up having a fight with her, telling her to "go to life-rehab". However, it may be because of these words that April returns to school.

Some time after the fight, while walking the streets of New York, Will finds the copy of Jane Eyre that April’s father gave her. He goes to give it to her, but decides against it when he meets her boyfriend Kevin, with whom she is living.

Summer and Will bump into each other while he is at a cafe, and Summer, who is now pregnant, invites him to a party. Maya gets upset about the possibility of Summer being her mother and Will not being her natural father. However, it is revealed that Emily also attends the party, as she now lives in New York. Eventually, she and Will start up another relationship, and Emily turns out to be Maya’s mother and Will’s ex-wife, as Maya correctly guesses. Will explains to Maya that the happy ending all along was Maya and they share a hug and part separate ways.

At home Will signs the divorce papers served to him and unpacks his things moved from the previous house. By accident he sees the book he wanted to give April years ago and decides to visit her at her workplace, Amnesty International. After learning that she is now single again, he gives her the book, but when she finds out that he was holding on to it rather than giving it to her immediately, she becomes angry and asks him to leave her office.

Maya is happy that she figured out the story, but also realizes that her father still loves April, as even though Will changed the names of Emily (Sarah in real life), and Summer (Natasha in real life), he did not change April’s name. Encouraged by Maya, who wants her father to be happy, Maya and Will go to April’s apartment. Though April refuses to open the door at first, she hears Maya demand that Will tell April the story exactly as he told it to her. April still doesn’t emerge, but as they turn to go back home, she comes outside. Will confesses to April that he held on to the copy of Jane Eyre because it was the only thing he had left of her. As the three enter into April’s building, April jumps into Will’s arms and kisses him.

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Produced By:

  • Tim Bevan known as producer
  • Liza Chasin known as executive producer
  • Bobby Cohen known as executive producer
  • Eric Fellner known as producer
  • Kerry Orent known as co-executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ryan Reynolds known as Will Hayes
  • An Nguyen known as Ad Exec
  • Matthew Mason known as Headphone Guy
  • Rick Derby known as Visitor from Planet Ordon (as Ricky Jay Derby)
  • Sakina Jaffrey known as School Mom
  • Bob Wiltfong known as School Dad
  • Ryder Chasin known as Boy with Book
  • Fiona Lane known as Angry Girl
  • Dana Eskelson known as Angry Girl's Mom
  • Blake Benitez known as School Kid
  • Paulina Gerzon known as School Kid
  • Victoria Goldsmith known as School Kid
  • Ashtyn Greenstein known as School Kid
  • Ashley Grenier known as School Kid
  • Dylan Hartigan known as School Kid
  • Paul Mott known as School Kid
  • Alexander Pickett known as School Kid
  • Marquis Rodriguez known as School Kid
  • Ryann Shane known as School Kid
  • Anabel Sosa known as School Kid
  • Geraldine Bartlett known as School Parent
  • James Biberi known as School Parent
  • Mercedes Herrero known as School Parent
  • Sarah Hudnut known as School Parent
  • Abigail Breslin known as Maya Hayes
  • Xaiex Arriaga known as Luis the Doorman
  • Elizabeth Banks known as Emily
  • Keith Patterson known as Madison Party Friend
  • Daniel Eric Gold known as Charlie
  • Adam Ferrara known as Gareth
  • Derek Luke known as Russell T. McCormack
  • Liane Balaban known as Kelly
  • Annie Parisse known as Anne
  • Nestor Serrano known as Arthur Robredo
  • Kevin Corrigan known as Simon
  • Jaime Tirelli known as Rafael
  • Isla Fisher known as April
  • Kevin Kline known as Hampton Roth
  • Rachel Weisz known as Summer Hartley
  • Melisa McGregor known as Bartender
  • Gerard Bianco Jr. known as High School Volunteer (as Gerard Bianco)
  • Melissa Rocco known as High School Volunteer
  • Stephen Richardson known as Pollster
  • Josh Caras known as 1994 Intern (as Joshua Caras)
  • Orlagh Cassidy known as Nurse
  • Max Pomeranc known as Robredo Campaign Worker
  • Robert Klein known as Himself
  • Matt Flanders known as Ring Salesman
  • Caryn Osofsky known as Café Gitane Night Waitress
  • Emily Wickersham known as 1998 Intern
  • Adam Brooks known as Bookstore Owner
  • Kerri Kwinter known as Bookstore Owner
  • Alexie Gilmore known as Olivia
  • Marc Bonan known as Kevin
  • Amy Safrankiova known as Café Gitane Day Waitress
  • Dale Leigh known as Bill Clinton
  • Lauren Courtney Norman known as Cocktail Server (as Lauren Norman)
  • Leif Riddell known as Cab Driver
  • Tom Brokaw known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • George W. Bush known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Geeta Citygirl Chopra known as Nanny (uncredited)
  • Casey Cipriani known as Rally Attendee (uncredited)
  • Bill Clinton known as Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
  • Alex Emanuel known as Clinton Campaign Worker (uncredited)
  • Meissa Hampton known as Student (uncredited)
  • Hristo Hristov known as Orderly (uncredited)
  • Jaime Lee Kirchner known as Samantha (uncredited)
  • Dawn Ressy known as Political Supporter (uncredited)
  • Sibyl Santiago known as Campaign Team (uncredited)
  • Steven Weisz known as Campaign Worker (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Chris Bingham known as make-up department head
  • Francesca Buccellato known as key make-up artist
  • Anna Krommydas known as assistant hair
  • Mandy Lyons known as hair: Rachel Weisz
  • Nuria Sitja known as make-up: Rachel Weisz
  • Kerrie Smith known as hair department head

Art Department:

  • Jill Alexander known as property master
  • JoAnn Atwood known as on-set dresser (as Joann Atwood)
  • Stuart Auld known as camera scenic (as Stuart E. Auld)
  • Joan Brockschmidt known as set dresser
  • Patrick Campbell known as storyboard artist
  • Michael Curry Jr. known as construction foreman (as Mike Curry Jr.)
  • Michael Cycan known as carpenter
  • Emily Damico known as assets representative
  • Steven T. Duke known as set dresser (as Steven Duke)
  • Karin Fong known as designer: Imaginary Forces
  • Eric Green known as art department production assistant
  • Roman Greller known as second dresser
  • Michael Herlihy known as construction coordinator
  • Teddy Janicki known as scenic shopman
  • Deborah Jensen known as assistant art director (as Deborah L. Jensen)
  • Janet Kalas known as charge scenic
  • Tyler Kim known as second assistant prop master (as Tyler H. Kim)
  • Diane J. Laurienzo known as scenic artist (as Diane Laurienzo)
  • Jess Levy known as set decorator assistant (as Jessica Levy)
  • Lou Lotto known as construction production assistant
  • Greg Mazzola known as construction grip foreman
  • Bruce McNally known as scenic artist (as Bruce Mcnally)
  • Hudson Meredith known as set decorator assistant
  • Vanessa Merrill known as art department co-ordinator
  • Timothy Metzger known as leadman
  • Jennifer Alex Nickason known as assistant set decorator
  • Nick Paley known as art department researcher (as Nicholas W. Paley)
  • Rebecca Perrenod known as scenic artist
  • Gerarda Pizzarello known as camera scenic
  • Patrick Sarni known as art department production assistant
  • Francesco Sciarrone known as scenic foreman
  • Joe Taglairino known as set dresser (as Joe Tag)
  • Bryan Tonkin known as key construction grip
  • Rachael Weinzimer known as assistant prop master
  • Abariss Culjak known as props assistant (uncredited)
  • Phil Devonshire known as shop electric (uncredited)
  • Danielle Giovanniello known as props (uncredited)
  • Joshua Higgason known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Laurel Kolsby known as additional graphic designer: props (uncredited)
  • Mark Pollard known as graphic artist (uncredited)
  • JoAnn Vara known as assistant set decorator (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Studio Canal (in association with) (as Studiocanal)
  • Working Title Films (as a Working Title production)
  • Ringerike Erste Filmproduktion (in association with) (as Ringerike Erste Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG)

Other Companies:

  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Company  insurance (as Aon/Albert G. Ruben)
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  score recorded and mixed at (as Air Lyndhurst, London)
  • Amnesty International  special thanks to
  • Bellevue Hospital  special thanks to
  • Big Film Design  tail crawl design
  • CSC  camera & grip equipment (as Camera Service Center)
  • City of New York  trademarks: the NYPD name, logos, and insignia, used with permission
  • Clearance Domain  clearances
  • Coda Gallery  special thanks to
  • Collegiate Images  basketball footage courtesy of (as Collegiate Images LLC)
  • Corbis  stock photos: © 2007, used with permission
  • Corday Productions  courtesy of: "Days of Our Lives"
  • David Kramer's Looping Group  background vocals (as David Kramer's Loop Group)
  • EMI Records  soundtrack album on (as EMI Music & Soundtracks)
  • Getty Images  stock photos: © 2007, used with permission
  • Grand Hyatt, The  special thanks to
  • Grimanesa Amoros  special thanks to: for paintings (as Grimanesa Amoros {Amoros Studios})
  • Haddad's  facility vehicles
  • Imaginary Forces  main title sequence and transitions
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.)
  • Klass Entertainment  product placement (uncredited)
  • Lakeshore Records  score album (uncredited)
  • Lentini Communications  walkie talkies
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  facility vehicles (as Lightnin' Rentals)
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • Marshall/Plumb Research Associates  legal research (as Marshall Plumb Research Associates Inc.)
  • Morganthal Frederics  special thanks to
  • NBC News Archives  news footage courtesy of
  • NY1 News  logo: is a registered trademark of (as NY1)
  • NYP Holdings  courtesy of: use of The New York Post (as NYP Holdings, Inc.)
  • New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting, The  the filmmakers wish to thank (as City of New York's Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting)
  • New York Daily News  used with permission (as New York Daily News, L.P.)
  • New York Magazine  special thanks to
  • New York State  logo
  • Political Communication Center, University of Oklahoma  special thanks to (as Political Communication Center)
  • Postworks New York  editing facilities & equipment (as Postworks)
  • Premiere Caterers  catering
  • Production Resources  product placement
  • Right Music  music consultant (as Right Music Ltd)
  • SS K  special thanks to (as SS & K)
  • Scion Films  production services by
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording (uncredited)
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage (uncredited)
  • Sound One Corporation  adr recorded at (as Sound One)
  • Sound One Corporation  sound post production
  • Sound One Corporation  sound re-recorded at (as Sound One)
  • Studio Photo Imaging  stills processing
  • Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting  extras casting (as Sylvia Kay Casting)
  • Synxspeed  foreign dub (uncredited)
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate (as Technicolor)
  • Trevanna Post  post production accounting
  • University of Oklahoma  special thanks to (as The University of Oklahoma)
  • Warwick  grip and electric equipment
  • Wildlife Conservation Society  special thanks to (as The Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • Wolfgang's Vault  special thanks to


  • Universal Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical) (as Universal)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (Japan) (DVD) (rental)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • fX Network (2010) (USA) (TV)

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Special Effects:

  • Big Film Design (visual effects produced by)

Visual Effects by:

  • Randall Balsmeyer known as visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design (as Randy Balsmeyer)
  • J. John Corbett known as lead compositing artist: Big Film Design
  • Joseph DiValerio known as 3d modeling: Big Film Design (as Joe Divalerio)
  • David Piombino known as compositing: Big Film Design
  • Adrienne Winterhalter known as visual effects producer: Big Film Design
  • Michael P. Whipple known as digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 24 January 2008 (Santa Barbara Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Ukraine 7 February 2008
  • Ireland 8 February 2008
  • UK 8 February 2008
  • Australia 14 February 2008
  • Canada 14 February 2008
  • USA 14 February 2008
  • Hungary 28 February 2008
  • Portugal 6 March 2008
  • Estonia 7 March 2008
  • Netherlands 13 March 2008
  • Germany 27 March 2008
  • Switzerland 27 March 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 28 March 2008
  • Panama 28 March 2008
  • South Korea 3 April 2008
  • Iceland 4 April 2008
  • Singapore 10 April 2008
  • Norway 11 April 2008
  • Poland 11 April 2008
  • Sweden 11 April 2008
  • Taiwan 11 April 2008
  • Mexico 18 April 2008
  • Turkey 18 April 2008
  • Brazil 25 April 2008
  • Egypt 30 April 2008
  • Spain 30 April 2008
  • Belgium 7 May 2008
  • Czech Republic 8 May 2008
  • Romania 9 May 2008
  • Italy 16 May 2008
  • Denmark 30 May 2008
  • Venezuela 30 May 2008
  • France 25 June 2008
  • Argentina 16 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 31 July 2008
  • Russia 16 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Colombia 19 September 2008
  • Japan 2 September 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking


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