The Accidental Husband

2008, Romance, 1h 30m

17 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Emma (Uma Thurman), a radio host, is about to be married to Richard (Colin Firth), her perfect match. But right before her wedding, she learns she's already married to Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a charming but irresponsible fireman. Furthermore, Patrick has a secret: he has arranged this little trick because Emma advised Patrick's ex-fiancee to end their relationship. However, Patrick may find that the trick is on him, for he soon begins to fall in love with his uptight adversary.

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  • There's little fun in being asked to identify with yet another female character who spends her running time being shamed like a dog who soiled the rug.

    May 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Words almost fail me after watching this terrible romantic comedy from Griffin Dunne which is perilously described as a "sort of Carole Lombard screwball comedy". Would that it were.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5
  • A plot of insufferable silliness contrives to keep the lovers on tenterhooks and the audience in a permanent cringe, none of it helped by Thurman's thoroughly phony performance.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This week we learned that 99% of Sun readers want a return to capital punishment. I learned that 100% of me wants it for 100% of people involved in this romcom.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The prognosis: a total emotional block.

    February 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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    February 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • There's little fun in being asked to identify with yet another female character who spends her running time being shamed like a dog who soiled the rug.

    May 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Words almost fail me after watching this terrible romantic comedy from Griffin Dunne which is perilously described as a "sort of Carole Lombard screwball comedy". Would that it were.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5
  • A plot of insufferable silliness contrives to keep the lovers on tenterhooks and the audience in a permanent cringe, none of it helped by Thurman's thoroughly phony performance.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This week we learned that 99% of Sun readers want a return to capital punishment. I learned that 100% of me wants it for 100% of people involved in this romcom.

    February 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Sweet, teen-friendly rom-com borders on the cliched.

    September 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sub-lousy hackneyed crapola all the way, a complete disaster, one of the year's worst movies.

    December 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 15, 2013
    She should have gone with the fiance Colin Firth's character. Dumb.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    A badly produced, horribly clichéd, sadly dreary romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman in another role that feels oh so awkward on the supernova, and hunks Colin Firth and Jeffery Dean Morgan. The bulk of romantic comedies aren't anything to write home about, but sometimes they work, especially when they're well plotted or the concept is something genuinely not so absurd, like in When Harry Met Sally and Return to Me. What we have here is another story about a repressed blonde with a penchant for not falling in love until, low and behold, Jeffery Dean Morgan shows up in a madcap venture to sweep the bubbly beauty off her high heeled feet. Because of Firth (and solely because of Firth) I gave this critical and commercial failure a look over and was just as disappointed as you would expect from an Uma Thurman romantic comedy. (Other such failures have included My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Prime.) The soundtrack was really exceptional, but that dreadful score sounded like a cheap template off Microsoft's website. It just felt half assed and cheesy, like a Goldie Hawn movie from the sixties, except more production value and none of the charm of a ditzy blonde. Just, not, worth anything.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    This romantic comedy is based on a rather fresh, even if unrealistic idea: taking revenge on the radio show host who ruined your marriage by making her your wife through hacking the according papers. That makes for plenty of confusion and wonderfully embarrassing encounters, or could, if the movie dared to go there and be a little more mean. Fact is, Thurman and Morgan's character get along so well right from the start that there isn't even much conflict going on, more a running around with the paper work. There are some decent scenes making use of the potential, but overall there is just too much harmony. Uma Thurman also just doesn't seem to be in her preferred genre with this comedy, her acting is quite over the top and doesn't hold up to her rather charming male counter parts. The result is not boring but kind of arbitrary at times, trying to add quirky scenes, like the cake tasting or the Indian Bar Mitzwa, that feel forced and random. Could have been a lot better with a spicier script.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    This film took me by surprise. From the trailer, I wasn't expecting much but I was very entertained when watching the film. I thought it was much better than a lot of the romantic comedies that are out right now. It is predictable but fun. All 3 leads shine in this film. Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have a great on screen chemistry. The film reminded me of films like Overboard and My Best Friend's Wedding. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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