"The Wedding Date"
Directed by Clare Kilner.
Written by Dana Fox.
Starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney.
Release Year: 2005
Review Date: 2/9/05
Usually, I run home after seeing films and
write up the review so that I don't forget any of the details behind
why I liked or disliked a movie. Sometimes, I wait a couple of
days, to soak it all in before making a judgment on what I really
But, in the case of the classic
Matinee-style film, if I don't come home and write about it within
about 24 hours, you can pretty much guarantee that I will have
forgotten everything about it. That's because the movie is so
average that its details blend in with all other movies of its type;
in the case of romantic comedies, it's hard enough to regularly get
me into the theater, let alone remembering the characters' names,
the little subplots and side romances, the reasons behind the
inevitable blow-ups that suspend the romantic angle for a little
while before the two leads get back together again.
It's been almost 24 hours...and, "The
Wedding Date" is starting to fade from my mind. Quickly, it's
about a just-dumped New Yorker named Kat (Debra Messing, on loan
from "Will and Grace") that needs a date for her sister's upcoming
nuptials in England to make it seem like her life is all good, so
instead of getting a friend date (my normal MO), she decides to blow
$6,000 on a male escort named Nick (Dermot Mulroney). The
catch is that Kat's sister's fiancé's best man is Kat's former
fiancé...so, Kat naturally MUST show him up by appearing to be all
happy-like. Although Nick is a professional hooker, he's the
"hooker with a heart of gold", romance ensues, denouement.
Let me put this right out there, two things
that made me very happy during "The Wedding Date":
Messing is very easy on the eyes.
I could see her having a Sandra Bullock-like career, except I
might actually like Messing, because she doesn't annoy the shit
out of me.
It is truly stunning watching Dermot
Mulroney, aka "The Cadaver", act his way through a romantic
Really, watching Mulroney do anything in
"The Wedding Date" made me laugh; he seems to always be the
good-looking guy with nothing to say, but he is so emotionless that
he almost puts this film to sleep by himself. Now, this can
work to hilarious effect if he is a sidenote character; his bit in
"Living in Oblivion" was classic, even his recent work in
was good. But here, he is a model-perfect snore, a
timeless-classic jawline that also requires you to physically lean
closer to the speaker system to hear him talk. The chemistry
between Kat and Nick makes sense in real life, an opposites-attract
union between Kat's endless nervous energy and Nick's Zen-like
mannerisms. But in the movie, they go from two people running
through the motions to lovers almost in one scene, and I didn't
really buy it.
That doesn't mean it isn't fun at times, and
"The Wedding Date" did make me chuckle a few times, even though the
jokes were spoon-fed to me. To the filmmakers' credit, the
requisite dance scene is a good one, as Kat and Nick prepare for
dancing together on the wedding day; the supporting cast is mostly
Kat's sister Amy (Amy Adams), her British fiancé and a bunch of
Brits who act all...well, English-like. I don't know, I'm a
sucker for bad teeth, saying the word "bollocks" and referring to
somebody's else's "bum"...it's cliché, I know, but I just can't help
"The Wedding Date" was harmless; it would be
a disappointing date movie, but as a straight comedy, it's not
awful. For me, though, I keep wishing that somebody would make
a romantic comedy/drama as great as
I know that day might never come.
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard