Eric's Review of License to Wed
License to Wed(2007)
It may just be me, but I find it impossible to dislike Robin Williams. He has a comic ability to steal the show and in some cases save it with solo effort, a similar quality shared with Jim Carrey. The only problem is License to Wed is only worthy of one star by itself, the only reason it gets a three is because of Williams' effort.
When you have a premise as ridiculous and creepy as this you have to deliver on the comedy element, which this film fails to do. The struggling Robin Williams plays Reverend Frank, who runs classes subjecting couples through a series of ordeals to see if they are ready for marriage. In this case we focus on Ben and Sadie, played flatly by John Krasinski and Mandy Moore.
It's hard to tell what is more creepy, the fact that Reverend Frank is spying on the couple 24/7 to make sure they don't have pre marital sex, or the fact that Mandy Moore's character Sadie is fully convinced that the reverend is doing the right thing. At one point to hone the couple's communication skills, Sadie must drive a car blindfolded while Ben directs her from the backseat. Through this ordeal Ben suddenly becomes the voice of reason finally realising the whole experiment is crazy, while Sadie preposterously believes that this is the right way to go. The whole thing is a farce.
That being said, it does have a couple of funny moments that shows us what director Ken Kwapis can do while on form, for example the hilarious US version of The Office. Given that John Krasinski was part of the cast at the time the film was made, it's not hard to conceive that he was won over by the director. Surely he didn't look at the script at any point, at which point the natural reaction would be to run and hide.
There is a possibility that the reason this film flat lines could be because Robin Williams' involvement isn't as big as trailers and posters suggest. He isn't really the main character. That honour goes to the happy couple with their cardboard cut-out personalities. Maybe if Williams had been given more screen time more of the comedy could have been salvaged, but all the same the jokes and storyline are just so predictably it borderlines sickly.