The Wedding Date (2005)
|Genre(s): Comedy / Romance|
|Universal || PG13 - 90 minutes - $19.98 || August 16, 2005|
|Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2005-08-23|
Writer(s): Elizabeth Young (book "Asking for Trouble"), Dana Fox (screenplay)
Cast: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams, Jack Davenport, Sarah Parish
Theatrical Release Date: February 4, 2005
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There is mostly one thing a romantic comedy needs to get mostly right to be a success in my mind. The story doesn’t need to be anything earth shattering, but your two leads should be extremely likeable in one way or another, and there should be genuine chemistry. If you don’t have that it’s pretty much down the tubes. Some added bonuses and nice touches can be a fun soundtrack that fits well with the film, a nice location, and some decent supporting characters.
Well sadly The Wedding Date has its priorities all wrong. They do all the fluff and nice touches pretty well, but don’t deliver on the one necessity. Debra Messing stars as a successful single woman who is on her way to her sister’s wedding. She employs “man slave” Dermot Mulroney as a date so she won’t look pathetic in front of her ex-fiance. Messing has a very charming look, but her character and the way she presents her is incredibly annoying and doesn’t stop nagging everyone else in the film. Mulroney is supposed to be suave and sophisticated, but he comes off as dry, creepy, and dangerous. I doubt that was the intention.
The Wedding Date isn’t offensive or unbearable, but it feels way too long, tries to inject a twist to add some depth, and features almost nothing worthwhile except for a couple supporting members and a beautiful British landscape.
Feature Commentary from Debra Messing - Messing has a a few decent things to say on the making of the film, on set interactions between the actors, and creative choices, but most of the time she remains quiet and lets the movie drag on. A pretty lame track.
A Date With Debra - This is a 7-minute segment featuring Ms. Messing doing some more talking and sharing her stories and highlights from making the film. It’s complete fluff and waste, but what did you expect?
Deleted Scenes (10 minutes) - More fluff and waste, since the movie is just that. The film feels long enough as it is, so taking out these bits was a pretty good idea. They just reiterate points made in the movie or conversations had.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
The transfer from Universal is quite good. The many floral arrangements and gowns come across as smoothly as they’re supposed to and the British scenery is a treat to look at. The sound is very run of the mill, and doesn’t need to be anything more. There is some subtle ambiance, and the catchy songs come across fine, and voices are heard perfectly fine. This is a film perfect for cable so great sound isn’t a real necessity.
This is another romantic comedy that fails to be original, insightful, or charming. While it won’t hurt you to watch it, there’s no real reason to waste your time, and if you want a decent romance, there’s always Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, and Before Sunrise or Sunset. Even something as mediocre as A Lot Like Love shines compared to this. The extras lack anything resembling worth, but kudos on a nice transfer.