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Womanizer Tom lives the ultimate dream bachelor's life in an amazing luxury apartment in New York City. He earns his affluent living from his invention of a paper ring that slides onto coffee cups so that they wouldn't be so hot to hold in your hand. He sleeps with more women than he knows what to do with, and attains a sense of structure in his life by sticking to a set of rules he has also invented to live by. His best friend is Hannah, a female he has known for the past ten years. He finds her company a refuge away from his playboy lifestyle, oddly because she is the one woman who has ever rejected him. They have stayed close, and maintained a friendship over the years where they knew to get together every Sunday. They both stayed single, Tom because he has been living the ultimate single life, and Hannah because secretly she still holds a torch for Tom.
After Hannah is sent to Scotland because of work for six weeks, Tom finally realizes that he has feelings for her. He meets her for dinner when she gets back, and he's surprised that she is not alone. She met a man named Colin, who she fell in love with and will be marrying very soon in Scotland. That's not the only news, she also asks Tom to be her maid of honor. He decides to do as she asks in order to try to break up the impending wedding. So if any questions still linger, you'll have to watch the movie to witness if Tom does win his girl.
Patrick Dempsey (Enchanted) is Tom, and he does a passable job of convincing you that he is the irresistible playboy type. He is a chip off the old block it seems as his father, played by the late Sydney Pollack. I did not enjoy Dempsey here as much as I usually would in other films. Made of Honor was dragged out much too long, and besides this has been done before, as it is practically identical to Julia Roberts' much more fun My Best Friend's Wedding.
I don't mind if a film is a blatant rip off of another one, as long as it's done well. Most movies rip each other off. Made of Honor misses on many points. Although, with the ingredients it contains, it should taste good. It has one of my favorite actors Kevin McKidd who plays Colin, the royal air in Scotland. McKidd had won me over with his starring role in HBO's amazing series Rome, but then again (and even more so) in the terribly short lived, wonderful sci-fi drama Journey Man. McKidd couldn't have been more regaled to the backdrop of this film, which is a crime in itself, although I can't fathom McKidd making this mess any better.
It was also cool to see Kadeem Harrison (It's a Different World) again. He seems like he would be the perfect costar, unfortunately his character wasn't given too much of a chance. Instead he just filled the obligatory and expected duties that we have seen a thousand times before.
Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible III, The Bourne Supremacy) was probably the best part of the movie, if there is one. Her character of the girl-who-recognizes-love-before-the-dopey-boy-does was persuasive and warm. But, as most of the screen time was given to Dempsey, we get to see very little of her or anyone else for that matter.
At first, I thought that the writers had given Tom a fortune as well to explain on how he gets innumerable women into bed, but as the movie goes on, I saw that Tom's money was deliberate to show that if this is where your securities lie, to beware. There will always be someone with more money, more talent and a bigger noodle that can steal away your girl if you're not careful. I appreciate this lesson, but this compensation was way too little for such a long drawn out yawner.
Made of Honor
Directed by: Paul Weiland (City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold)
Written by: Adam Sztykeil, Deborah Kaplan (Surviving Christmas) , Harry Elfont (Surviving Christmas)
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, and Kadeem Harrison
Length: 101 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (some language, innuendo, adult themes)
Rating: 1-½ stars.
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