vrijdag 29 mei 2009

The Accidental Husband

We all agreed that this was not a very good movie. Romantic comedies are always a bit tricky, as they have to please both men and women. But I'm afraid this was just too lightweight to please any of them. And it's easy to see why.

First of all, Uma Thurman is not the best choice for a leading lady in a romcom. She is much better as a kick-ass killer (see Kill Bill) or a sexy femme fatale (Pulp Fiction). Furthermore, her character is not very likeable, she is neurotic, selfish, egocentric and a bit of a bore. To make matters worse, it seems the leading man falls in love with her because she knows how to play pool and drink beer...hardly very good reason, wouldn't you agree?

Secondly, her love-interest (role by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a fire-fighter) is not very convincing either. He's actually a pretty nasty guy, if you ask me. I mean, what's wrong with Colin Firth? If I were a woman I'd rather chose him. Frankly he was the only one who truly loved the Uma Thurman character. Jeffrey is a TV-actor (Grey's Anatomy) and he really didn't have the same comedy power as for example Ben Stiller. I still think Something About Mary is the ultimate romantic comedy.

Thirdly, the story is unbelievable and too far fetched. Without giving away too much of the story, some Indian kid hacking a federal computer is too easy as a story line.

And finally, it's sad to see so many good actors being wasted: Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini, Sam Shepard...

Sorry folks, try to find yourself a better comedy, i'm sure there are plenty out there.

Quotes from the Accidental Husband

Patrick: [with a mouth full of sample wedding cake] This cake is fantastic!
Emma: Shh. Please...
Patrick: You mix these two together, it tastes just like a ring-ding.
Emma: [Patrick shoves a fork of cake in her face] No. No, no.
Patrick: Ah!
Emma: No.
Patrick: Ah!
Emma: [she accepts the forkful of cake] it was yummy.
Patrick: It's super-duper.

Emma Lloyd has made a career out of her sensible, mature and responsible approach to relationships. She has a hit radio talk show, an impending book deal, and a loving relationship with her fiancé, Richard, a conventional sort-which is precisely what Emma is drawn to. Then Emma finds out that she is already married to a man she's never met before, a result of a misguided prank that leaves her bewildered and very confused. Worse than that, her plans for the future are now threatened. With her wedding just around the corner, Emma must find the mystery man and obtain an annulment. Emma tracks down her "accidental husband" - Patrick, a charming and handsome neighborhood fireman, with a big secret...

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