The Wedding Date
In this romantic comedy, New Yorker Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) goes home to London to be in her sister’s (Amy Adams) wedding. Kat’s self-absorbed half sister, Amy, enjoys gloating over the fact that she found a husband before Kat did. What might otherwise be a joyful reunion with the family turns to disaster when Kat discovers that her ex-fiancé is going to be the best man. The feelings she still has for him cause her to take extreme measures to maintain her dignity. In order to make her ex jealous, she hires an expensive, handsome, charming escort (Dermot Mulroney) to play the role of her boyfriend. Nick Mercer turns out to be the envy of all the other girls. Kat appears to be a sweet, innocent girl who is trying to salvage what’s left of her self-respect. What she does not plan for is falling in love with her hired date.
THE GOOD: Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney do a pretty good job in this comedy. I felt like I was watching a young Sylvester Stallone who could actually act. The music was good and so was the photography. There are also some pretty wonderful scenes of the English countryside. Forgiveness is a wonderfully cleansing thing for anyone, and for these mixed-up characters it pays wonderful dividends.
THE BAD: This film seems to be a reflection of where society is today—all mixed up and not sure what is right and what is wrong. Kat hires a male prostitute to attend her sister’s wedding because she can’t face her ex-fiancée and her own family by herself. Amy has cheated on her fiancée but is going to marry him anyway. Kat and Nick have sexual relations when Kat is dead drunk. I guess not taking advantage of someone and common decency are too much to ask for these days. There is lying go on throughout the film, but of course it’s okay because everyone is sorry. The ends justify the means in this wonderfully messed up values of a movie.
THE UGLY: Too much sex, too much foul language, too much lying and cheating, and too much drinking. This film is so not family-friendly and would give kids the entirely wrong message of, “If it feels good, do it. If you can get away with it, it’s okay.” Send this wedding invitation back unopened with no forwarding address.