The Wedding Planner (2001)

“May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough hope to keep you happy, enough friends to give you comfort, enough determination to make each day a better day then yesterday. Congratulations guys i love you both. WOO!” – Best Man

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A wedding planner falls in love with a man who saves here life, unbeknownst to her that he is the groom in the latest wedding she is working on.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Matthew McConaughey and was interested in seeing whether he also is great in this film.

Unfortunately, the script is quite mediocre and as a romantic comedy, it has very little to offer since it doesn’t manage to do anything unique with the genre.

His chemistry with both Jennifer Lopez and with Bridgett Wilson is abysmal which is quite surprising since he usually has great chemistry with all of his co-stars especially when he is in his “rom-com mode”.

Justin Chambers is terrible in this film because he is forced to use a very fake Italian accent and his character seems pretty pathetic throughout the film and not as sympathetic as needed.

The story is pretty silly and fails to do anything that would truly make this a memorable rom-com (at least from a positive perspective.)

Bottom Line – Mediocre rom-com that doesn’t work very well. Lopez and McConaughey have terrible chemistry together and it’s so hard to root for them to get together.  His chemistry with Wilson is also quite lacking which is surprising since he is an actor who usually has great chemistry with all of his costars especially when he is in rom-com mode. Chambers is terrible with his Italian accent and it makes him seem too pathetic the whole way through.  The story gets a bit too silly along the way and fails to be a very memorable rom-com, at least in a positive fashion.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Franny’s Mother, played by Joanna Gleason, sings very badly in the movie and is asked numerous times by her daughter not to sing. In fact, Gleason has a very good singing voice and has appeared in several Broadway musicals, including “Into the Woods” for which she won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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