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WEDDING DATE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Heading from New York to rural England for her sister's wedding, thirty-something airline manager Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) hires a male escort, Nick (Dermot Mulroney) to masquerade as her new boyfriend. With Nick's help, Kat hopes to appease her judgmental mother (Holland Taylor) and get revenge on her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield) who's serving as best man. But thanks to the intelligence and charm of her "date", Kat gets more than she bargained for.

Review by Jake Wilson:
Um, where do I start? There's this single woman from New York, right, who's good-looking and successful but also really ditzy and neurotic and she has a terrible relationship with her family, but in, like, a cute, wacky way. Anyhow, in order to get back at her ex-boyfriend she hires a male escort, which sounds sort of sleazy but there's a twist, because the guy turns out to be totally hot as well as incredibly intuitive and supportive and also firm with her, you know, in the way of helping her deal with her insecurities and recognise herself for the beautiful person she truly is, and then finally he gives all her money back because he's fallen in love with her for real.

One good thing about this movie is it has lots of characters you can totally relate to your own life, like the mother that's a complete bitch and the sister that's a stuck-up bimbo and the best friend that's not all that attractive but tells lots of dirty jokes and is always up for a good time, if you know what I'm saying. Dermot Mulroney is also great, because he has all these really cute expressions, like when he raises an eyebrow or looks down and pretends to be embarrassed, and he does them in nearly every scene!

Admittedly I thought some parts were a bit unrealistic and not explained well, like for instance we never find out why this amazingly suave guy would be working as an escort in the first place. But then at one point he says to the main character "This isn't about me, it's about you" and I figure they might be trying to say the same thing to the audience, like we only really care about ourselves and watching this sort of movie isn't so different from paying a guy to be your boyfriend. Which is a bit insulting if you think about it, but, hey, it's just entertainment, you shouldn't analyse it too much. Oh yeah, did I mention the guy has a literature degree? Also apparently he's really well-hung, but that's implied, you don't actually see it.

Special Features review by Louise Keller:
The DVD special features are all about Debra Messing, starting with an audio commentary and including an interview where she talks about her flower allergy, what she thinks of Dermot Mulroney, they first meeting, watercolours, the love scene on the boat and his nude scene (sans modesty patch). The film was playful but it also had some darker familial things that were explored, she says.

Published October 6, 2005



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WEDDING DATE, THE: DVD (M)
(US, 2005)

CAST: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams, Jack Davenport, Sarah Parish, Jeremy Sheffield, Peter Egan, Holland Taylor

PRODUCER: Jessica Bendinger, Paul Brooks, Michelle Chydzik, Nathalie Marciano

DIRECTOR: Clare Kilner

SCRIPT: Dana Fox (book by Elizabeth Toung)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Oliver Curtis

EDITOR: Mary Finlay

MUSIC: Blake Neely

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom Burton

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 26, 2005

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Interview with Debra Messing; Audio commentary with Debra Messing

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: October 6, 2005







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