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ⓘ The Wedding Date




The Wedding Date
                                     

ⓘ The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Clare Kilner and starring Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, and Amy Adams. Based on the novel Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young, the film is about a single woman who hires a male escort to pose as her boyfriend at her sisters wedding in order to dupe her ex-fiance, who dumped her a few years prior. The release was successful, achieving million worldwide at the box office against a budget of million, despite being panned by critics. It was remade in Bollywood as Aap Ki Khatir which also performed well at the box office.

                                     

1. Plot

Kat Ellis Debra Messing is a single New Yorker who returns to her parents house in London to be the maid of honor at her younger half sister Amys Amy Adams wedding. The best man is none other than her former fiance, who unexpectedly dumped her two years ago. Anxious about confronting him and eager to impress him, she hires suave escort Nick Mercer Dermot Mulroney to pose as her boyfriend.

Kat intends to make her former flame, Jeffrey Jeremy Sheffield, jealous, but her plan backfires when Nick convinces everyone, including her, that they are madly in love. Kat then feels herself, too, falling for Nick as he slowly falls for her. The night before the wedding, Kat discovers Amy slept with Jeffrey when they were still together, and that Jeffrey dumped Kat because he believed he was in love with Amy. Nick had discovered this fact a day earlier, and when Kat finds that out, she feels betrayed from all sides, and puts Nick off. He decides to return to America, and leaves Kat the money she had paid him.

On the wedding day, seeing Kat distressed, her step-father Peter Egan asks Kat if Nick is the guy for you, and Kat realizes he is, so she sets off to find him. Meanwhile, just before the wedding, Amy confesses her betrayal to her fiance, Ed Jack Davenport, but professes her love for him. Ed, upset, chases Jeffrey out of the church and down the road. Jeffrey in distress of the chase, said he gave up on Amy and believes hes done nothing wrong. To which Ed, calls him a "back-stabbing weasel", though Jeffrey believes hes still done nothing wrong because he slept with Amy before they dated. Ed shouts out that he was engaged to Kat, proving he was still in the wrong for what he did to Kat. Nick, driving away, picks up Ed as Jeffrey disappears into the woods.

Nick and Ed talk about love, and Ed decides he loves Amy more than he is angry. To make it more clear that he should go back, Nick tells Ed if he went back the couple would end up having great make-up sex. To which, Nick helps urge him more to return to the church, so they end up getting married, with Nick as new best man. Just before the ceremony, Nick tells Kat he realized hed ". rather fight with you than make love with anyone else", and they kiss passionately. Kat and Nick begin a real relationship together. Amy and Kat now reconcile and Kat lets go of her anger and forgives Amy since she confessed the truth to Ed. TJ Sarah Parish, Kats cousin also apparently enjoys a moment with Woody Jolyon James after the wedding. Jeffrey, the main cause of all the trouble, learns absolutely nothing. At the end he is seen trying to get the attentions of a female neighbor.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Linda Dobell as Sonja
  • Sarah Parish as TJ, Kats cousin
  • Amy Adams as Amy Ellis
  • Ivana Horvat as Smitten Girl
  • Jolyon James as Woody
  • Peter Egan as Victor Ellis, Kats step-father
  • Martin Barrett as Teenager
  • Jay Simon as Male Flight Attendant
  • Jeremy Sheffield as Jeffrey
  • Debra Messing as Kat Ellis
  • Danielle Lewis as Pretty Woman
  • Holland Taylor as Bunny, Kats mother
  • Jack Davenport as Edward Fletcher-Wooten
  • Dermot Mulroney as Nick Mercer
  • C. Gerod Harris as Bike Messenger
                                     

3. Locations

Some outdoor scenes where they are playing rounders were filmed on location in Parliament Hill Fields, overlooking central London. The film was also filmed in parts of Surrey, mainly Shere, Godalming and Guildford.

                                     

4. Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 11% based on 140 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10. The sites critical consensus reads, "Critics are leaving The Wedding Date at the alter, calling it shopworn, bland, and lightweight." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".

The film was a reasonable financial success grossing $47 million, about three times its $15 million budget.

                                     
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