The Wedding PlannerDirector: Adam Shankman
Writer(s): Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis
Category: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 103 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2001
Tagline: A romantic comedy about love, destiny and other events you just can’t plan for.

Plot: Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) is a very successful wedding planner. She is very organized and wants to control everything. During a chance encounter she meets the man of her dreams Steven James ‘Steve/Eddie’ Edison, M.D. (Matthew McConaughey). It’s only later when she realizes that she Steve is the groom in the biggest wedding of her career. Will she let him walk down the isle with his tycoon fiancee, or will she break the cardinal rule of wedding planning by falling in love with the groom?

Review: This is one of those movies that you rent/watch for your significant other. I rented it for Holly since most of my movies as of recent have been mostly for me. However, I tried to keep an open mind and give it a fair shake. Unfortunately, this movie just sucked. First time director and first time screenwriters, what can you expect?

The script was just not believable. I know that romantic comedies have the liberty of taking some license here and there, but I just didn’t buy so much of this movie that the whole thing just seemed fake. For starters, we’re supposed to believe that Jennifer Lopez is an Italian immigrant? Come on! Her father (Alex Rocco (I)) doesn’t sound Italian, he sounds retarded. I don’t even know why she had to be an immigrant. There was nothing in the plot that required her being from another country, except for the fact that her father trys to arrange a marriage, which was just another unnecessary plot device. There’s just so much that was wrong with this script, I’m just amazed that the leading actors signed on to this project.

The talent in this movie was fairly decent. Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey had some chemistry and they looked good together. Kathy Najimy is a wonderful comedic actress and her scene with Jennifer was very good and believable. Fred Willard, and Kevin Pollak are the other actors that do comedic roles extremely well, but their talents were simply not tapped. They did what they could, but they simply had nothing to work with. IMHO I think Jennifer Lopez signed on because she was friends with Adam Shankman (he’s a choreographer) and once she signed on, everyone else jumped on board for their resume.

My Rating: 2 Stars (2 out of 2 stars)
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