The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Emily of The Flapper Dame and we will be reviewing our favorite Wedding Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to email@example.com
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Emily!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Wedding Movies.…
“Love is a gift, Alex, not an obligation.” – Isabel
Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (cable in the 90’s, 16 Jun 2001 and 11 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – While on business in Las Vegas, an executive has a one night stand with a girl he meets in a bar, when she gets pregnant, things start to get ore complicated.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw a while back and its shotgun wedding theme was perfect for rewatching it for this series.
The premise is quite interesting but fails to come anywhere near its potential.
Matthew Perry was at the peak of his popularity on Friends when this was made and he is great in this kind of role.
Unfortunately, his chemistry with costar Salma Hayek is almost nonexistent and that makes this love story even harder to believe that a relationship between them could work.
They do a great job getting across the culture shock aspects of the story on numerous levels.
They tackle it during the Hayek-Perry relationship and also on a more global familial one when dealing with parents and siblings.
These scenes lead to some pretty humorous scenarios that only culture clashes can do.
This film follows the normal Rom-com formula and fails to bring anything new or unique on its approach to delivering a romantic-comedy.
Bottom Line – Ok rom-com that has an interesting premise yet doesn’t manage to reach its potential. Hayek and Perry have pretty poor chemistry which makes it even less believable that such a relationship could actually occur between them. They do a nice job here dealing with the culture shock aspects of the story both on the level of the Hayak-Perry relationship and the familial level including parents and siblings. Follows the rom-com formula a bit too closely and fails to feel unique.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before the movie was filmed, there was no Arizona/Nevada “border” painted on the highway that spans the Hoover Dam. When it was added for the movie, local officials decided to keep it intact after the filming of the movie. As of September 2005 the border painted in the street is no longer there. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Perry and Hayek are too mismatched in this film to really believe their relationship.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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