The Wedding Date was on HBO last night so I watched it. I actually wanted to see this movie when it was in the theaters even though I knew it wouldn’t be that great. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies/chick flicks and no matter how bad they are, I kinda like them and can sit through them with no problem.
The story is about Kat, a single New York gal who has to attend her half-sister’s wedding in London. Unfortunately her ex-fiance, who inexplicably dumped her two years earlier, is the best man and Kat doesn’t have a date. She decides to hire a male escort, Nick, for $6000 to play the role of her boyfriend. He soon charms everyone – including Kat – with his intelligence, charm and insight. Then of course Kat and Nick end up together.
I actually had somewhat high expectations for this movie, because some friends gave it good reviews but honestly it was pretty crappy. It’s a cross between My Best Friend’s Wedding (which Dermot Mulrooney also stars in) and Pretty Woman (the male version). Although Julia Roberts was paid $3000 for one week in Pretty Woman – but I guess that can be chalked up to inflation.
Debra Messing looks pretty bad in the flick – tense, uncomfortable, and unnatural (but she’s so awesome on Will & Grace!). It also makes absolutely no sense whatsoever why Nick, a professional gigolo and seemingly relationship expert, falls for the debacle that is Kat. He tells her that he never does weddings but that “there was something about” her voice when she left him 7 messages. Puhleeze. The plot is weak, derivative, and unbelievable.
Based on its merits alone, the movie sucks. If I were a critic I’d have to give it 2 thumbs down. But on the chick-flick-o-meter it wasn’t that bad. I mean I didn’t fall asleep watching it like I did during Matrix 3, Batman & Robin, and What Dreams May Come. Despite it all, I bet many chicas would enjoy this flick.