Wedding Date

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The Wedding Date: Real Fizzler!

Feb 6, 2005
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Pros:One-liners, interesting premise

Cons:Predictable, childish conflicts, disjointed execution of said premise

The Bottom Line: If I had $6,000 (if I had $6,000), I'd buy you a fur coat, but not a real fur coat, that's cruel.


For 24 hours, this crazy movie has fermented in my mind and I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it.

The Wedding Date takes us along with "Kat" (Debra Messing) on what will become the most unforgettable time of her life. She has just been invited to her sister Amy's wedding, and at the time, doesn't have a date. So as not to face total humiliation, Kat calls up an escort service, and for the dastardly fee of $6,000, she will be joined by the mack daddy of all stud muffins, Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney).

And somewhere between the plane take-off and the handing over of the bride, it all just kind of happens.

One easy way to decide if you'll like The Wedding Date is to imagine yourself in the theater with hundreds of others, while The Corrs' "Breathless" blasts out in its entirety, beginning to end. If you can handle that without flinching, well then hey, you just might be alright.

Of course, the whole Air Supply thing that comes up later is a whole nother story. You know I got nothing against Air Supply, I love 'em. But did they not just use that same song, "All Out Of Love" in Van Wilder 2 or 3 years ago?

Anyway, back to the wedding. Ah, but here's the rub -- Kat's ex-boyfriend is going to be at the wedding and it seems he hasn't entirely absolved himself of the hope that he can win her back. Meanwhile, all the girls at the wedding are gushing and fawning over Kat's new "guy".

To put it in Will Smith terms, "Somehow, predictable just doesn't quite say it." Granted, there are some awesome one-liners along the way. But you know these things always have to come to a gigantic conflict before the end. And the conflict here ends up being over something totally irrelevant and you might even say childish.

That's the first problem. The 2nd is a kind of irony -- the only believable character in the whole thing is Nick, the one who's not even supposed to be there. The rest of them are chickens running around with their heads chopped off.

Kat is relentlessly apologetic and fashionably outlandish, and pretty well powerless against anything that happens. "TJ" is the long cool woman in a black dress who is liberal with the advice, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn she had a tattoo on her butt.

Amy is the petite blonde who spends more than half of her screentime with tears all over her face. I actually feel more sympathy for her while writing this than I did while watching the movie. Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield) the ex-boyfriend bumbles around like Jeff Daniels in Dumb & Dumber.

It is truly Nick who steals the show and makes The Wedding Date at least somewhat watchable. He has that kind of Pierce Brosnan meets Elvis charm. It's enough to make me think it wouldn't be so bad to be a girl. He also has this acutely aware look in his eyes all the time; that fascinates me on anyone.

The Wedding Date may be fun to watch, but it leaves an aftertaste like the bubonic plague. All I did was think of people I know that would like it, but I never crossed my own mind. And that makes me sad, so I'm gonna go cry now.


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