Monday, July 20, 2009

The Wedding Date - Febuary 2005

Most romantic comedies follow a familiar formula and win or lose based on how much the audience likes or respects the characters. Like "Hitch" (review follows), "The Wedding Date" succeeds because of its likable cast. Unlike" Hitch," with a great supporting cast, "The Wedding Date" wins solely because of the chemistry between leads Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney.

Here, a 30ish career woman hires an escort to be her date to her younger sister’s wedding. That secret, of course, leads to wacky situations and, of course, they fall for each other. Mulroney’s escort is reserved when needed and easily the smartest person in any room. Messing nails her neurotic yet redeemable character. It would be difficult to not smile at the inevitable and satisfying conclusion.

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