‘The Wedding Planner’ at 20 – review
This text was written completely for The Movie Journal by Libby Briggs.
The Wedding Planner (2001)
Director: ADAM SHANKMAN
Scriptwriters: Pamela Falk & Michael Ellis
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, and Justin Chambers
It is a traditional – girl has the right job and the right life, however nobody to share it with. How on earth might she actually be joyful? No one has any doubts that the marriage planner will discover their wedding ceremony, however it’s all concerning the journey, proper? And with some very sketchy dates, questionable marriage ethics, and a granite penis, it is an odd journey certainly.
If you’re one Rom-com lovers you is perhaps inclined to consider that the final word period was for spontaneous amorous affairs and daring, romantic gestures twenty or extra years in the past. The nineties featured Fairly Lady, Clueless, and Jerry Maguire, whereas the next decade noticed hits as featured Love truly and my huge fats Greek wedding ceremony. Main actor Matthew McConaughey turned the Noughties star in How To Lose A Man And Do not Begin Up In 10 Days, and famous person Lopez would seem within the equally profitable Maid in Manhattan and Monster-in-Regulation. Maybe the final notion of movies of this period is blinded by nostalgia; A essential overview of Adam Shankman’s debut movie reveals that the nice previous days won’t have been that romantic in spite of everything.
Efficiently and independently, Mary Fiore (Lopez) plans weddings each day. In a tragic twist of irony, her solely likelihood on the altar was ruined by a dishonest fiance. All hope in love appears to be misplaced till she (actually) falls in love with the right man from the textbook. McConaughey’s character is charming, good-looking pediatrician Steve Edison – he even saves Mary’s life after they first meet. He goes on a date with Mary and reveals (seemingly) real curiosity in her life earlier than bending over to kiss. He is simply every little thing Mary might ever ask for in a person. Sadly, Steve is a little bit of a bastard too, because it seems he’s the groom on the largest wedding ceremony Mary has ever deliberate.
Sticking glasses on McConaughey would not make up for Steve’s dishonest and disrespectful methods within the eyes of the viewers, and his efficiency makes it worse. His voice booms unimpressed, his tone fully contradicting the few phrases of adoration that he would spontaneously throw to each Mary and his future spouse. In the meantime, his eyes are simply as distracted – McConaughey and Lopez discover it onerous to even have chemistry, contemplating they will by no means have a look at one another for greater than a second. However one way or the other he all the time manages to get out of the uncomfortable conditions he creates and depart everybody else in them.
Rom-coms from the nineties and nineties are stuffed with grubby males who, regardless of their truthfully worrying actions, get their method, like when Noah scares Allie out on a date with him on The Pocket book. The marriage planner is not any exception. Steve’s infidelity is just shaken off and attributed to his manhood, and Mary is more likely to fall for his feeble excuses. Though she appears sturdy sufficient to see by the Philandering Physician, sooner or later every little thing will probably be forgotten.
One other draw back is the film’s perspective in the direction of marriage – extra exactly, the organized marriage. Massimo, the candy however relatively determined Italian, is one other suitor. Mary’s father could have solely good intentions selecting him to be his daughter’s husband, however he is additionally one other man who no woman needs to be persecuted by. As candy as his actions could appear, he chases Mary like a pet and basically asks her to be with him. After her father confesses that he and her mom had been married by an organized marriage, she begins to surprise if Massimo is the person for her. It is truthfully not stunning that she thinks so since her solely different choice is Steve, however it’s not with out its issues. First, the person we should always put down roots for made Mary consider she was undeserving of real love. Second, regardless of his errors, Massimo is drawn right into a doomed marriage – little does he know that the girl he needs to make his spouse has already declared him second greatest. Everybody comes first and leaves a broken-hearted path. Not precisely the total solid of lovable, humorous characters you’d count on from a romantic comedy.
Visually, The Wedding Planner provides the romance missing in its story and characters. The superbly flamboyant, glamorous weddings appear like they have been pulled off straight away Pinterest. The gardens stuffed with roses and statues, the lovely little flower women, and the copious quantities of champagne are nearly sufficient to make you neglect what truly occurs between the 2 – nearly.
There are many enjoyable rom-coms on the market who are sometimes dissatisfied with how the connection begins out. It is a widespread trait in rom-coms, particularly these from twenty years in the past when a very eager love curiosity was candy and infidelity was merely one thing that happens on the trail to real love. Nevertheless, they typically have a sure attract that helps you overlook the possibly problematic machinations of the plot. Whether or not it is lovable characters or a heartwarming story, their errors do not smash the film. Sadly, that is not the case with The Wedding Planner. His faults don’t have anything to cover; No glamorous romance or comedic worth. It would stay a traditional for some, however it stays loveless and empty in comparison with different rom-coms.
Written by Libby Briggs
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