'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' is modern-day Dickens

In the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, onetime romantic leading man Michael Douglas plays the spirit of an old-school partying womanizer, supposedly based on Hollywood producer Robert Evans.

Douglas' Uncle Wayne has returned from the dead to warn his new-age womanizing nephew about the error of his ways in this tale inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Matthew McConaughey, in a role he seems built for, flashing choppers so blindingly white that he could light his own premiere, plays Connor Mead, a famed fashion photographer so callous he breaks up with three women simultaneously during a video conference. He seems to be enjoying his love life so much that it would seem Uncle Wayne wouldn't have much of a case. But, of course, there is the one that got away — in the form of Jennifer Garner as Jenny, a doctor, and who seems far too classy for the slithery Connor.

But McConaughey has a knack for playing likable bad boys, and director Mark Waters (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls) wrings some laughs out of a fairly pat story. And having Douglas on board is a classy move, even when he's playing a sleaze.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past retails for $28.98 or $35.99 on Blu-ray.