"For those who find ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ too mentally taxing."
Hollywood often releases light romantic comedies as counter-programming to big special effects movies so that viewers who want movies about genuine feelings can watch something that doesn’t rely on explosions. Unfortunately, this week the one mainstream movie that does feature wit, character development and convincing emotions is ‘Iron Man,’ the movie where things blow up.“Made of Honor” is a romantic comedy where all the wit apparently went into the title. It answers the question, “What would ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ have been like without Rupert Everett’s turn as Julia Roberts’ gay friend or the snappy dialogue?”
The honest response is tedious.
Any movie that opens with a series of gags that rehashes Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky jokes ten years after they were fresh earns immediate demerits. If you’re going to base your humor on prehistoric sources, they had better be funny.
Things don’t improve as the film finally kicks into gear. Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame plays Tom, a womanizing inventor, who has made a fortune by inventing the “coffee collar.” Tom’s wealth and baby face have made him such a hot ticket that he can tell the women he dates that he won’t see them on consecutive nights.
For all of his philandering, Tom has gradually become smitten with his friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan, “Gone Baby Gone”), who likes him despite his wanton ways and her ability to resist his advances.
Being that this is an unimaginative Hollywood movie without much in the way of story development, it’s safe to say the two are meant for each other, even though they’d probably not speak to each other in real life.
Tom finally gets up the nerve to tell her of his affection only to be informed that she’s about to marry a Scottish duke named Colin (Kevin McKidd). The two are eager to get hitched and ask Tom if he’d be the maid of honor for the wedding.
Yes, you get to see Tom humiliate himself in a gender-inappropriate capacity and even wear a kilt. None of this is remotely funny. The minds behind this film, director Paul Weiland and screenwriters Adam Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elliot, have collectively given us such drivel as “Leonard Part 6” and “Josie and the Pussycats,” so expecting anything resembling quality from this crew is a futile task.
It doesn’t help that none of the characters are particularly well-drawn. Dempsey and Monaghan each project a basic likability, but Tom is such a self-absorbed heel, it’s hard to care if he finds love or not.
The story might have had a little tension if Colin had been more than a broadly-constructed character who’s just a little too good to be true. McKidd plays him blandly, so waiting for Monaghan to make up her mind between the dueling suitors seems an eternity.At least the gorgeous Scottish locations almost make up for the tepid material. It’s ironic that the film was produced by a company called “Original Film,” because originality is in short supply with this one.