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Ryan Reynolds plays an obese teen only long enough to have his heart broken by his best friend (Amy Smart) in the opening sequence of this lightweight date movie; the rest of it takes place ten years later, when he's become a hotshot LA record industry executive with a killer bod and an abiding contempt for women. Stranded in his native New Jersey at Christmas with his pop star ex-lover (Anna Faris, channeling Courtney Love), the exec decides to get even with his high school flame, and this evolves into a raucous, mean-spirited comedy targeting the holidays and family reunions. Chris Klein steals the film as a rival ex-nerd, now the most gorgeous guy in town, while director Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions) cribs from the Farrelly brothers and the Three Stooges. PG-13, 96 min.

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