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.

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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 sharing a romantic evening and a dance together, Mary learns that Eddie is engaged and that she's being hired by his controlling fiancée Fran (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), an Internet tycoon, to plan their lavish wedding. The directorial debut of former choreographer Adam Shankman, The Wedding Planner costars Kevin Pollak, Judy Greer, and Kathy Najimy.
PG-13 (for language and some sexual humor)
Comedy , Romance
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Jennifer Lopez
as Mary Fiore
Matthew McConaughey
as Dr. Steve Edison
Alex Rocco
as Salvatore
Kevin Pollak
as Dr. John Dojny
Joanna Gleason
as Mrs. Donolly
Charles Kimbrough
as John Robert Donolly
Judy Greer
as Penny Nicholson
Fred Willard
as Basil St. Mosely
Lou Myers
as Burt Weinberg
Frances Bay
as Dottie
Cortney Shounia
as Young Mary
Philip Pavel
as Benton
Natalie Jaroszyk
as Crying Bride
F. William Parker
as Father of the Bride, Mr. Bartlett
Caisha Williams
as Self-Conscious Bridesmaid
Dan Finnerty
as Best Man
Fabiana Udenio
as Anna Bosco
Bree Turner
as Tracy, Bride
Don West
as Bernard
Susan Mosher
as Frieda
Peter Brown
as Justice
Adam Loeffler
as Boy in Hospital
Chelsea Hollingsworth
as Girl in Hospital
Bianca Brockl
as Girl in Hospital
Nikki Arlyn
as Guest
Seth Howard
as Bellhop
Greg Lauren
as Keith
Phil Chong
as Taxi Driver
Lydell M. Cheshier
as Guard in Statue Park
Dee Dee Weathers
as Bride, Copeland Wedding
Harry Danner
as Wedding Minister
Anthony Katala
as Wedding Photographer
Betsy Brockhurst
as Sister Elizabeth Scrabble
Raphaela Kleiman
as Flower Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Planner

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (30)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

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

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Planner


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

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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

Bethany Murphy
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
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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