DVD Review: The Wedding Date (Widescreen Edition)
by Scott Wyatt
Published: August 29, 2005
||DVD Release Date:
||August 16, 2005
||Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Debra Messing as Kat Ellis|
Dermot Mulroney as Nick Mercer
There are some movies that make you wonder what people were thinking when they were filming the thing. The Wedding Date is one of those films. There is not much good that I can say about this film. There is absolutely no chemistry between Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. the script is horrible and the story itself is just not believable. The only saving quality is the cinematography, which is not saying much.
The Wedding Date
Messing plays Kate Ellis who is a depressed loner that is still recovering from a broken heart when she is invited to her sister’s wedding in merry ol’ England. Desperate not to show up alone, she calls a male escort, Mulroney’s Nick Mercer, and hires him to play her new boyfriend to the rest of the family. You have to assume all of this because it’s only hinted at in the opening credits and only vaguely explained throughout the movie. If you’ve seen Pretty Woman then you know what happens through the rest of the film. For some unknown and never explained reason, Kat and Nick fall for each other then fight and so on and so on.
As I said before, nothing about this film is good. Messing plays the same type of lamebrain character as she does on her TV show, Will and Grace. This is by no means a stretch for her, which is a shame because Messing could be much better. Mulroney’s only presence in the film is to stand around and try to look good while being fed some really atrocious lines that most men would never say in the first place.
The other characters in the film are so non-memorable that they're not worth mentioning and are probably only there for the swiss-cheese plot that is so amazingly bad that I had to watch this thing twice because I fell asleep the first time.
The DVD bonus features are as tired as the movie. We get the deleted scenes which were rightly cut because they were mostly horrendous. We also get "A Date with Debra," which is basically bits and pieces of an interview after the movie was made. And finally, feature commentary from Messing over the film. I couldn’t finish this one because I was so bored that I felt my eyes getting heavy once again.
In short, this isn’t worth your time. Save The Wedding Date for a rainy afternoon on television and then only if there isn’t anything left to watch.
Bonus Features: D
- Deleted Scenes: Left at the Altar
- A Date with Debra (Debra shares stories and memories from working on the film)
- Feature Commentary with Debra Messing