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License to Wed (2007)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 115

Featuring one of Robin Williams' most shtick-heavy performances, the broad and formulaic License to Wed wrings little out of its slightly creepy, unappealing premise.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 30

Featuring one of Robin Williams' most shtick-heavy performances, the broad and formulaic License to Wed wrings little out of its slightly creepy, unappealing premise.



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Newly engaged Ben Murphy's fiancée, Sadie Jones, has always dreamed of getting married in a traditional wedding at her family church. The problem is St. Augustine's only has one wedding slot available in the next two years, and its charismatic pastor, Reverend Frank, won't bless Ben and Sadie's union until they pass his patented, foolproof marriage-prep course. Through outrageous classes, outlandish homework assignments and some pious manipulation, Ben and Sadie are about to find out whether


Drama, Comedy

Kim Barker, Tim Rasmussen, Vince DiMeglio

Oct 30, 2007


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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (115) | DVD (14)

It's exactly what it looks like from the commercials -- a one-joke movie, and that one joke isn't even funny to begin with.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Add a lot of musty, Eisenhower-era gags (most women are shrewish ballbusters! all fat people love food!) and you wonder why the producers didn't just throw in canned laughter as well.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Despite its fuzzy, getting-to-know-you message, the movie itself offers zero motivation for any of its protagonists.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Like some weddings, License to Wed is a long sit and a bland buffet.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This assaultively unappealing 'romantic comedy' could well mark the opening salvo in a whole new Hollywood campaign against movie piracy. Anybody who'd steal this dud would stink just from carrying it around.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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I hereby pronounce you a flop.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
New York Post
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The dull romance between Sadie and Ben is revealed as little more than a prop for the comedian's patented schtick.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

I would honestly rather watch the Holocaust In Colour than sit through this again.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's a bit short of laughs, but there are a few cute ideas in this formulaic, predictable romantic comedy.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Sadly, License to Wed lived up to my expectations 100%. That is to say, it was unfunny and uninspired.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source:

As someone engaged, I felt they disrespected what marriage can and should mean. And most importantly, I'm offended at their attempt at cringe-worthy humor.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Predictable wedding comedy is all about Williams.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

You know it's bad when there are more interesting things happening during the outtakes in the closing credits than in the movie itself.

October 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's not quite as bad as some would have it (it will not, for example, kill puppies), but it is really very horrible.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This movie is an ecclesiastical disaster and, like the Rector of Stiffkey, Williams should be thrown to the lions.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Forget Wedding Crashers... this is a plain old Wedding Disaster.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

The worst film I've seen so far this year.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The biggest letdown, is Williams, whose manic improvisations now bear all the hallmarks of a pub bore.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

Robin Williams is back in this horrifically embarrassing and misconceived wedding comedy.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Josef Goebbels had a home movie made of the failed 1944 Hitler assassins being hanged from meathooks with piano wire. It probably had more laughs, more fun, more feelgood moments than this family comedy.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

The comedy, starring Robin Williams as a reverend who won't marry couples until they have passed several ridiculous tests, raised a good few laughs.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Divorce is more fun than this film.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

I now pronounce Licence To Wed a total flop.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

License To Wed never escapes the combined trap of terminal blandness and a severe lack of decent jokes.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

This bewilderingly bone-headed movie convinces that Ben and Sadie, should be kept as far apart as possible, if only to prevent them from breeding the kind of morons who would see nothing wrong with a movie such as Licence To Wed - or worse still, make it.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for License to Wed

Hilarious... at times. The plot wasn't really that well thought out and you don't believe 'however unrealistic it would of been anyway' that that the vicar would get away with doing all of that stuff. I know it's supposed to be funny, but for me it was just ok. John Krasowski is gorgeous though and I love him as an actor!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Oh dear, should have been called License to BORE!
February 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

What could have and should have been a charming little romantic comedy is almost completely ruined by the creepy and reprehensible character played by Robin Williams. It's a shame since Mandy Moore and John Krasinski have nice chemistry to their scenes and play well off each other. A lost opportunity.
November 23, 2010
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Good Lord, where do I start? This is unoriginal, stupid, predicatble, annoying, tedious, and not very much fun. I admittedly laughed at least twice, but this movie is mostly an aggravating bore. What saves it from getting a worse grade is that I liked how four cast members from The Office appear here. That's probably the only inspired thing about this movie. Too bad not a whole lot is done with this though, such as through in some funny self referential nods to the show or something.
August 28, 2010
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

    1. Sadie Jones: Benjamin Murphy, I would marry you tomorrow in a potato-sack dress, in the middle of the rainstorm, if it mean I could spend the rest of my life with you.
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