|THE WEDDING DATE (2005)|
|"I think I'd miss you even if we'd never met."|
|Time: 90 mins.|
Genre: Romantic Comedy
SYNOPSIS: Unable to face her family as a single girl, Kat hires Nick, a "male escort", to pretend to be her new boyfriend at her step-sister's upcoming wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, proves to be her undoing. Betrayal and heartache ensue when secrets are revealed and loyalties are questioned, leaving Kat to question not only her past feelings, but her new ones for Nick as well.
BOTTOM LINE: Even though the cast is supremely attractive, likable and charming, it's just too hard to swallow the noxiously unbelievable plot to gain much enjoyment from this film. I'm sure the idea was sold as a modernization of PRETTY WOMAN, only this time with the woman hiring the escort. There are so many offensive aspects of this situation it's hard to know where to begin, but the main one that really grates is the fact that Kat, being an attractive, intelligent, modern woman should need a man at all. Granted no one likes attending a wedding alone, but is hiring a fake boyfriend really the best option? As charming and "gifted" as Mulroney's character is, what woman in her right mind would fall in love with him? It's his job to make his clients feel special. Well, the film implies she's the best thing to come along in his life, but that's really hard to believe considering they make her such an emotional mess. Plus, they barely spend a moment alone together the entire weekend, so how is this true love connection supposed to take place? What makes this film at all watchable is the chemistry between Messing and Mulroney. They make a great couple and deserve a better story than this. Messing proves her leading lady status, making the ultra-neurotic Kat sympathetic and funny despite the film's best intentions. Enjoyable enough, if you're not offended by the plot.