Genre Guesstimation – The Wedding Date (2005)


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 emswedding@movierob.net

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.

“Well thank you for including me in this timeless feminine ritual. Here’s to the husbands who’ve won you, the losers who’ve lost you, and the lucky bastards who’ve yet to meet you.” – Nick Mercer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A woman hires an escort to accompany her to London for her sister’s wedding with the hopes of getting her ex-fiance jealous.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Emily’s choice for me to watch.

This is a film that I never heard of before it was chosen for me to watch and I quickly realizes that it’s basically a paint-by-numbers rom-com with a gender reversal thrown in as an attempt to seek out something unique with the plot.

Th story itself meanders along throughout most of the run time and even with talented actors like Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney involved here, things just aren’t able to stay interesting.

There are many parts of the premise and narrative (including imperative information about characters) that are left completely hidden and despite the fact that they may seem like important aspects of this film’s story, they are never explained or even touched upon.

Had they done so, it might have made things a bit more interesting.

The two leads lack chemistry together and its apparent throughout the film.

This hurts things even more since it makes it so hard to believe them being together.

The premise of this film takes things to the very far extreme at certain points and that makes it all come across as seeming too much over the top instead of feeling enjoyable or entertaining especially given the fact that this this is an extremely predictable rom-com.

Bottom Line – Pretty by-the-book romantic comedy that just switches the genders in order to try and be unique. Unfortunately, the story meanders along and even talented actors like Messing and Mulroney aren’t able to make this film feel more interesting. The story leaves too many parts of the premise and characters lives hidden form us and never find the time to reveal everything which might have made this film more interesting.  The two leads are lacking real chemistry and things just don’t work as well with this story as on would hope it would.  The premsie takes things to the far extreme at certain points and it comes across as being too over the top instead of enjoyable or entertaining enough especially with such a predictable Rom-com wrap up.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The filmmakers tried to use artificial flowers as often as possible because Debra Messing is allergic to real flowers. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. This film has its moments, but they are few and far between.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Wedding Date (2005)

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