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Made of Honor
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Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kathleen Quinlan, Sydney Pollack
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: Only if you hate your kids.
Date Movie: If you made her go and see "Iron Man" and she hated it.
Gratuitous Sex: Skimpy outfits, talk, and a drunk bridesmaid.
Gratuitous Violence: There's a punch.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: There are some chuckles.
Memorable Scene: I really want to know if there was anyone in the theater that thought the "tree" throwing scene wouldn't end up in disaster.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Paul Weiland
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz

Made of Honor
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:41 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I think I have decided that my next gig will be as a screenwriter because if all you have to do is pretty much copy other romantic comedies, well, Iíve seen enough of them to know all of the important things they must have. Letís see, you could have the good-looking guy who is "just friends" with the good-looking girl. He likes to sleep around while she can pick out what he wants for dessert. Of course he might have a group of friends who a) Think he is great because he gets to sleep with lots of beautiful women, but b) the married friends tell him that he doesnít know what he is missing by not being in a relationship. Then, also of course, because it has to happen, the good-looking girl finds another guy, who may or may not be Mr. Right, but sheís tired of being single. Yup, now the dude realizes he is actually in love with the girl, but sheís getting married so he drags out the fact that he loves her until the night before the wedding, he realizes he might be ruining her life, has that moment of clarity, and barges into the church just as the priest is asking if anyone wants to stop the wedding. And they live happily ever after. Make sure the dialogue is inane and safe, and there you have it, a romantic comedy. Oh wait, there you have "Made of Honor."

From that first paragraph you can probably tell that I didnít care for "Made of Honor" that much, but hereís the story anywayÖ

Patrick Dempsey is Tom in this film, and heís the good-looking womanizer who is also best friends with Hannah (Michelle Monaghan). You can see that Hannah knows there is a different man inside of Tom, one that probably would like to be in love, so instead she just hangs out with him to hear about his latest conquest and the rules he has for relationships (like no back-to-backs, but not meaning a sexual position). Hannah flies off to Scotland for business, Tom realizes, with her gone, that he canít live without her, and just as he is about to tell her his feelings, yup, you guessed it, especially if you saw the trailer, Hannah returns from the Old Country with her new fiancť who is just about perfect. Since Tom is Hannahís best friend, of course she asks him to be her MOH, and now her priest and fiancťís family thinks heís gay. Tom takes the job as her MOH to hopefully break up the wedding, we have the obligatory scene where Hannah tries on lingerie in front of Tom for her wedding night, they all end up in Scotland for the wedding, Hannah thinks Tom is sleeping with one of her bridesmaids, and blah, blah, blah, yup, he busts into the church just at the right moment to tell Hannah he loves her. And if you are upset because Iím giving too much away about this film, I just have to wonder if you have ever seen a cookie-cutter romantic comedy before because "Made of Honor" is as bland a cookie there is.

Fine, Michelle Monahan does her best to keep this movie fresh, but as much as I like Patrick Dempsey as an actor sometimes, I just didnít care for him in this one. The weird thing is that if you put the screenwriting into the hands of the Judd Apatow crew, this movie almost could have worked because those folks have seemed to find a way to translate the way a lot of us actually act in real life to the movie screen (the only scene that was close was when one of Tomís friend bailed when asked to make some party favor baskets). And you also know what, the Apatow people wouldnít even have had to make this movie rated R. (Can you now tell that I didnít really care for this movie?)

I really wanted this movie to be better than it ended up because the cast, at first, seemed good, but instead of trying to attach some semblance of reality to the same story we have seen again and again, "Made of Honor" fell into the wrong trap of "this isnít even close to reality," especially with Tomís friends (thank God I donít have friends like his), and Hannahís best friend trying to sabotage Tom because yea, we get it, Grandma doesnít really understand (or maybe she does which is more creepy) the glow-in-the-dark thunder-beads. Itís 1 Ĺ stars out of 5 for me, and even with the happy ending, Iím thinking "Made of Honor" would probably wind up at about a 2 Ĺ star movie on "The Dudette Scale" because its clocking in at an hour and forty one minutes was probably about ten minutes too long for a movie where the ending was a foregone conclusion even before stepping into the movie theater.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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