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The Wedding Date (2005)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 123

Critics are leaving The Wedding Date at the alter, calling it shopworn, bland, and lightweight.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 32

Critics are leaving The Wedding Date at the alter, calling it shopworn, bland, and lightweight.



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A gal who needs a date for a family function gets the best man money can buy in this romantic comedy. Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) is a woman in her mid-thirties living in New York City and has had more than her share of romantic problems -- enough so that she's gotten word that her younger half-sister Amy (Amy Adams) is getting married, and that her mother Bunny (Holland Taylor) and father Victor (Peter Egan) want to fix her up with someone so she won't look alone and miserable for the big day.


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Dana Fox

Aug 16, 2005


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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (123) | DVD (26)

Nothing says true love like a movie about a desperate, neurotic woman who hires a male whore to take her to her sister's wedding so she can make the ex-fiance jealous. I wonder if they have a Vermont Teddy Bear for that?

February 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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This is a charmless, lifeless affair that had me leaving the theater in a mood more appropriate to a funeral than a wedding.

February 10, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Clare Kilner's cast frolics in the countryside in an appropriately British-romantic-comedy fashion, and at times the characters trade silly snaps, but Dana Fox's screenplay is structurally shaky.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Mulroney is a stealth actor: Whenever you see him in a picture, you're not just reminded of how good he almost always is -- you have the sense of discovering it for the first time.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source:
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As stale as last week's wedding cake.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As predictable as a church ceremony and witless as the pastor's blessings, leaving one to ponder this wedding's "reception."

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While there are many of the right ingredients here -- a likable cast, plot potential, a dreamy English countryside setting -- I still can't say "I do" to this fluffy flick.

November 17, 2006
Christianity Today

A dupla principal até que se esforça (principalmente Mulroney, que vem se especializando neste tipo de personagem), mas o roteiro repleto de clichês frustra suas tentativas.

September 5, 2005
Cinema em Cena

The main problem with the film is that it seems to be missing a sequence where we see Kat and Nick actually falling for each other - the script pretty much expects us to take it for granted just because they're the leads.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

As forgettable as a Hollywood couple's marriage vows.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Perfectly watchable even if it's deeply lazy filmmaking.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Messing-Mulroney romantic comedy has "something borrowed" in its plot -- and a sense of missed opportunity that'll leave you blue.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Netflix

The Wedding Date reveals no trace of recognizable human behavior in it.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

But I think that if you're a guy you would be best to avoid this like the plague!

February 27, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

If there's anything truly scary about this time of year, it's the typical appearance of the ghastly beast known as the Sitcom Star Feature Hiatus Project.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

confuses sex with romance

February 27, 2005 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Clever lines, chic sets, appropriately incorporated cloying songs, and a sympathetic Debra Messing keep the film enjoyable.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Simple and tiresome, as well as unoriginal, borrowing bits from any number of like-minded movies.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The film is just not very funny or original.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Directed with muddled confusion, the movie goes through its stock characters and obligatory plot points without enthusiasm or charm.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

Seldom has a movie so blatantly illustrated the need for genuine star power in the lead, especially considering The Wedding Date's obvious comparisons to not one, but three more successful Julia Roberts movies.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Inexplicable Fantasy Romances for the Harried Modern Gal 101 is a more fitting title for this shameless mediocrity.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

My suspicion is [the filmmakers] started out making a raunchy, R-rated Bridget Jones's Diary sort of movie, but ... the suits got nervous and demanded a PG-13 cut.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The writing shows occasional wit and the performances are charming enough, but there is too much working against them.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Date

Starts off well but goes off the boil once the setting changes to England. Debra Messing puts in a good performance and looks great, but it can't save the story. Its also strange that she has gone "home" for the Wedding of her sister, yet sounds totally American. I guess she couldn't do the accent.
I've actually read the book this is based on, and that wasn't fantastic either.
I had forgotten Amy Adams was in this one. Not actually the best role I have seen her in - she plays blonde and yucky here. Not sure exactly what fails with this movie. Think it's just a dud storyline and unconvincing.
November 24, 2012

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Really good romantic comedy! Made me fall in love with Dermot Mulroney.
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Kat (Debra) is looking for a date for her sister's wedding so she hires an escort to make her ex jealous. Some secrets are revealed at the wedding and things get complicated with the escort. Good cast and good storyline. I'd kill the sister!
September 12, 2010
Candy Rose

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"Holy crap. You're worth every penny."

Everyone's seen 'Pretty Woman', the film that made Julia Robert's lips the sexiest thing on earth back in 1990. In that movie, a man falls in love with a prostitute (or was it the other way around?) and you can say that love conquered all. But then again, that's like every teenagers fantasy... Falling in love with a hooker. Or is it?

Enough of the bullshit and back to the topic. 'The Wedding Date' is like 'Pretty Woman' but the other way around. Here the man is an escort and the woman is the one paying for the services. But there's no lips of Julia nowhere to be seen.

Debra Messing's character is on her way to her sister's (Amy Adams) wedding in England. Her former boyfriend is the bestman and there's like no way she's going there alone! You gotta like make the former one jealous. Dah. So the answer to her problems is the Yellow pages. Double Dah. Off to England and her messed up relationships there. But it's her luck that the male escort (Dermot Mulroney) is a charmer. Cupid's just around the corner... (SPOILER?)

I just didn't get it. I guess I missed the part where people actually fell in love? Or was it even written in the film? It's just hard to imagine that a person would fall for a person who takes money for services like this. But then again I'm not that romantic. Was there a saying that the hooker's have a heart of gold or something?

Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney have a good chemistry, so it's a good thing and a necessity in a romantic comedy. I'm strictly straight but even I would've come in my pants if Mulroney's velvety rough voice would whisper softly in my ears and tease me by kissing... Did I actually write this?

Well, enough with the "oh-I'm-trying-to-be-funny" shit. 'The Wedding Date' was enough of a good romcom to be seen once. I didn't understand the person's actions but it's not my genre. I'm not in to romantic comedies, even if Julia's lips would star in the movie. Some occasional funny scenes and two good leads. Worth a watch with female company.
August 6, 2010

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