The Wedding Planner (2001)



Critic Consensus: Instead of being light and charming, this romantic comedy is heavy-handed and contrived in its execution. Also, it's too unoriginal.

Movie Info

This lighthearted romantic comedy in the tradition of Runaway Bride (1999) casts Jennifer Lopez in the Julia Roberts mold. Lopez stars as Mary Fiore, an ambitious and successful San Francisco wedding planner who works only for the most wealthy and exclusive clients but who is also a perpetual single. Pressured by her father Sal (Alex Rocco) to settle down, Mary is saved from a collision with an out of control dumpster by Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey), a successful pediatrician. After … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language and some sexual humor)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Andrea King, Pamela Falk, Michael Ellis, Michael Ellis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2001
Box Office: $59.9M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Mary Fiore

as Dr. Steve Edison

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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Planner

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (34)

Suffers particularly in inevitable comparison with My Best Friend's Wedding.

Full Review… | January 31, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

McConaughey is insufferably smug as always, while the bewilderingly miscast Diva appears bored and impatient.

Full Review… | January 31, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Occasionally so inept and embarrassing that it's almost physically painful to sit through.

Full Review… | January 29, 2001
Top Critic

Disappointing would-be romantic comedy with innuendo.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Not so much a movie than just another tool in the entertainment-world-domination plot concocted by the burgeoning, big-butt-blessed multimedia phenomenon nicknamed J. Lo.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010

The script recycles every cliché you could possibly imagine (and then some).

February 24, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Wedding Planner


Too many stereotypes. Just the kind of rom-com I don't really like.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I loved this film. One of Jennifer Lopez best films. A really great romcom!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Good rom com about a chance meeting of a couple who fall for each other. Only to discover the guy is getting married and the girl turns out to be his wedding planner.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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