Even Tarantino Cried at This 15-Year-Old Rom-Com: ‘Literally Weeping’

Even Tarantino Cried at This 15-Year-Old Rom-Com: ‘Literally Weeping’
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As it turns out, Tarantino is a pretty sensitive man.

A quick rise to fame, an entire decade in the shackles of romantic comedies, and a new ascent nicknamed McConaissance. Matthew McConaughey is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood today, having starred in films by some of the most respected directors of our time.

Matthew got his first role by accident – he was hanging out in a bar with the casting director of the movie Dazed and Confused. After starring in Richard Linklater's high school comedy, McConaughey immediately made a name for himself.

By the end of the 1990s, he was already being invited to star in serious and worthy films – A Time to Kill and Contact – but in the new millennium, his career took a turn in the wrong direction.

For a whole decade, McConaughey was stuck in the rom-com genre. It is not surprising that soon nobody took him seriously and did not even think about inviting him to interesting and experimental projects. But in 2009, he put an end to his romance adventure. And made Quentin Tarantino cry.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Made Tarantino Cry

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Quentin admitted that his guilty pleasure during the plane flights are rom-coms:

"There's something about watching a romcom on an airplane flight. […] I have found myself crying, literally weeping, at embarrassing confession movies."

Tarantino gave a specific example of Matthew McConaughey's last rom-com, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – the scene where Jennifer Garner's character gives McConaughey's Connor Mead a camera made the director cry. All because he remembered being given a camera as a child. Isn't that sweet?

What is Ghosts of Girlfriends Past About?

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Bachelor and womanizer Connor Mead comes to his younger brother's wedding, where he meets his childhood friend Jenny.

On the very first night, the ghost of his uncle (played by Michael Douglas, by the way), whose behavior is completely copied by the main character, comes to Connor and advises his nephew to change his life until it’s too late. And to finally clear Connor's head, the ghosts of all his many ex-girlfriends come to the rescue.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Is a Loose Adaptation of A Christmas Carol

The film is a unique and rather unexpected interpretation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which, as it turns out, can shine with new colors within the framework of a new genre.

The result is a sweet romantic comedy with the meaning that Charles Dickens told more than 150 years ago: at any age, under any circumstances, any egoist, stingy or proud person can change and become better. And the typical but no less charming romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past confirms this.