It’s hard not to feel like a complete hack when writing a joke like this, but once I got it in my head, I couldn’t shake it loose. I don’t always make comics just for the punchline anyway. Sometimes it’s a good opportunity to experiment with body language and expressions. I think there are a couple of good ones here.

If you’re a little confused as to what comic I’m making refernce to, it’s Definitely, Maybe – a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz, Reynold’s character is on the brink of divorce and Breslin – his daugher – wants to know everything about how her parents met and fell ing love. Reynolds talks about the three great loves in his life, obscuring which of the women ended up with. It’s basically How I Met Your Mother – The Movie.

It’s all pretty much rom-com boilerplate, but I think what makes this movie interesting is the casting. Rachel Weisz pretty much plays the befuddled girlfriend in every movie, but Isla Fisher and especially Elizabeth Banks are brave choices. I think just about everyone fell in love with Fisher after Wedding Crashers. She’s basically Amy Adams with an attitude. I’m especially happy for Banks to be getting this kind of billing. She’s shown up in a lot of random places like Wet Hot American Summer, the Spider-Man movies, the horror comedy Slither and even on TV’s Scrubs. Most people probably remember her as the book store clerk Steve Carrell hits on in The 40 Year-Old Virgin. It’s obvious she has the chops. It’s nice to see her in something maybe a little more straight-forward

Above all, is it weird that the one I’m rooting for most ir Ryan Reynolds. I’ve always thought Reynolds was a great performer, but he was kind of trapped by his Van Wilder persona – the charismatic goofball who’s always throwing knowing glances to the audience. He’s tried branching out in films like Blade: Trinity and the remake of The Amityville Horror, but he’s had trouble latching on to good material. If it’s a lack of opportunity or a lack of good decision making, I don’t know.

I’m not saying Definitely, Maybe is the magic bullet, but I think it will pay off to do something a little more traditional and safe. If it gets people thinking about Reynolds as a more serious actor, then I would say “mission accomplished.”

If you’re interested, you can check out the web site for the movie at Here’s a couple of links to the trailer as well.

That about does it for me today. I just wanted to say thanks to all of the people who sent e-mails with their suggestions on how to prevent hotlinking. I’m not sure what direction I’m going to go with things – if I’m going to block off the folder on the server with the images, or if I’m going to include some kind of copyright line into the body of the image. But I got a lot of good tips and I wanted to say “Thanks.” I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to everyone individually.

I’m at home with Henry because he’s been sick the last few days, but I might be back a little later in the day if I can get him to take a nap. I was sent a reall cool Theater Hopper-related DVD cover mock up I want to share with you guys. Don’t let me forget!

See you soon!

↓ Transcript
Hi, folks! Thanks for taking time to participate in our little focus group. I’m going to ask you questions about our currently untitled romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz.

So, first question: Based on the actors I just named, would you say you are: a. not interested b. maybe interested c. definitely interested?