The Wedding Date (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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. Adding insult to injury, Kat learns that the best man at the ceremony will be Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield), a former boyfriend who cruelly dumped her without warning two years before. Determined not to show up alone, Kat swallows her pride and hires Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney), a professional escort, who will pose as her boyfriend for a $6,000 fee. Kat and Nick fly to England for the wedding, and her family and friends are all struck by how charming, handsome, and personable Nick is -- and Kat begins wondering if their relationship has to be all business; however, as it turns out, Nick understands Kat far better than she expects. The Wedding Date was based on the novel Asking for Trouble by British author Elizabeth Young.
PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Debra Messing
as Kat Ellis
Dermot Mulroney
as Nick Mercer
Jack Davenport
as Edward Fletcher-Wooten
Peter Egan
as Victor Ellis
C. Gerod Harris
as Bike Messenger
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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (35)

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This is a charmless, lifeless affair that had me leaving the theater in a mood more appropriate to a funeral than a wedding.

Full Review… | February 10, 2005
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
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Admittedly, no part of the year is immune to bad romantic comedies. But what distinguishes The Wedding Date, what qualifies it so impeccably for turkey season, goes way beyond generic foulness.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
Globe and Mail
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Like a bridal shower, it's probably more fun if you have some champagne first. Perhaps some enterprising theater manager will consider this.

February 4, 2005
Seattle Times
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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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Really good romantic comedy! Made me fall in love with Dermot Mulroney.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


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!

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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