Film Review: The Wedding Date

Found the DVD in our stash and I thought, why not? Time for some rom-com to unwind!

Rating: popcornpopcornpopcornpopcorn

Available now at Amazon.

The story:

Kat’s (Debra Messing) sister Amy is getting married and the best man is none other than Kat’s ex, Jeffrey. So, to save face, Kat hires an escort, Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney), to pretend to be her boyfriend. Will the ruse work?

Since this is a rom-com, I think we know this ends happily ever after for the main characters. There are hints of Pretty Woman here. Basically, Kat and Nick get to know each other over the course of four (three?) days. My main problem here is that the romance is not believable. Not because the male lead is an escort (I have nothing against them). But because there’s just not enough time for Kat to develop those kinds of feelings for Nick! After all, they didn’t really get to know each other. What qualities of Nick did Kat fall for, except the face and the bod?

Kat’s stepfather: Is he the one for you?

After a pause, Kat nodded.

Seriously?!

You do need to suspend a huge amount of disbelief.

The characters:

Love Debra Messing in this character. She’s so pretty, and she’s this crazy, talk-a-mile-a-minute woman on the outside covering up her inner nervousness and vulnerabilities. But when she discovered the real reason her ex-boyfriend dumped her, you can really see how it devastated her, how her world collapsed around her.

Dermot Mulroney…hmm…while he is definitely a hunk, I hate that there’s not much expression on his face. He’s kinda poker face in almost all the scenes, and I have to use my imagination to fill in the blanks. And no, while the imagination’s got to work overtime when reading books, it needs to relax when watching movies.

The sister, played by Amy Adams, is weird. I don’t understand their sisterly dynamics during the first half of the movie. There seems to be some jealousy on Amy’s part and she seems to be trying to one-up Debra most of the time.

The songs:

Love love love the songs! I thought they went pretty well with the scenes.

Overall and Recommendation:

Watch it! Good for unwinding and relaxing after a hard day’s work.

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