After been dumped by her fiancÚ Jeffrey (Sheffield) two years
earlier, Kat (Messing) has to return to England for the first time for her
sister Amy's (Adams) wedding. No wanting to look depressingly single and
wanting to rub Jeffery's face in it, Kat hires a very handsome male escort
to accompany her. Her plan doesn't exactly work out the way she wanted it
The romantic comedy is becoming the backbone of the British
film industry but does 'The Wedding Date' have what it takes to be successful
in the genre?
Combining elements from 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Notting
Hill' and 'Pretty Woman', 'The Wedding Date' isn't the most original but
there is still a lot of fun to be had for the target audience, women. While
this is the kind of film that boyfriends and husbands will be reluctantly
dragged to, this isn't a completely girly experience, as there are gags
and situations that will generate amusement in both of the sexes.
The plot of the film is nothing new. Quite simply put it is
'Pretty Woman' in reverse. Now it is a male 'escort' who discovers there
is life outside of the business and that true love can save him from a life
of depravity. This is then transported into your usual British romantic
comedy filled with upper class twits from London (the only place in Britain
according to Hollywood), people with double barrel names and extravagant
Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney are the American leads in
the British cast. As everyone knows, Debra Messing is a gifted comedic actress
and the role of Kat plays on this fact, the problem is that she is very
similar to Grace from her hit TV show 'Will & Grace'. This shouldn't put
you off however because it is these qualities that make the character so
endearing. Dermot Mulroney as Nick is employed as the eye candy for the
ladies but he is the 'escort' with a heart and he just wants to be loved.
The problem with the character is that we don't really learn that much about
him or his background, we just get women longingly staring at him.
The British cast are fine. Jack Davenport is his usual floppy
haired self, Sarah Parish is the loud, straight talking, life and soul of
the party best friend but Jeremy Sheffield is far too smarmy as the ex,
making you wonder what Kat saw in him in the first place.
'The Wedding Date' is an enjoyable rom-com that will entertain
women a lot more than the men but this is the film's target audience. With
a few good one-liners and a British take on 'Pretty Woman', this will keep
you entertained and keep husbands and boyfriends in their better half's
good books if you take them to see this.
the target audience