A traditional love story, seasoned with a few kicks: “The Wedding Date”
The film ”The Wedding Date” tells a story about a single woman from New York, called Katherine (Debra Messing). Katherine return back home to London, after two years, to attend her little sister, Amy’s wedding. Being desperately horrified of being judged by her family and relatives of not having a date to the wedding, Katherine hires an escort, named Nick (Dermot Mulroney) to be her date at the wedding. Katherine’s intentions are also to make her ex-fiancé, who happens to be the best man at the wedding, jealous of her new boyfriend. However, as in all traditional love movies, the viewer can already guess in the beginning that Katherine’s and Nick’s relationship does not remain strictly a business relationship.
The movie involves a colourful mix of different types of characters. The main character, Katherine’s development can be seen throughout the movie. She starts off as a clumsy, insecure woman, who is afraid of being judged by her family, and who is reluctant to letting go of her ex-fiancé, who is not worth the trouble. As the movie moves forward she becomes a more self-confident person, with true happiness inside. She also learns her faults in her love-life. The other main character, Nick, also has his own character development in the movie. He changes from a cold, purely professional man into a caring and kind person. The movie’s other more visible characters include Katherine’s silly and a little selfish sister Amy (Amy Adams), Amy’s loyal and honest fiancé Edward (Jack Davenport), Katherine’s loving father Peter Egan) and inappropriate mother (Holland Taylor), and the clown ex-fiancé of Katherine, named Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield).
The movie has a rather simple storyline, with many clichés and assumable twists and turns; the man and woman meet, they engage in a small crush, they get more involved and start showing signs of happiness but then something happens to turn things to the other direction, and the ending can be concluded by the viewer her/himself. However, towards the end of the movie there is a surprise waiting for the viewer, which is not visible or assumable before-hand. It is an interesting twist, and its aftermath leaves Katherine pondering her ways of dealing with her love-affairs. Katherine’s and Nick’s evolving relationship is also portrayed in a confusing way, since they seem to be moving on fast without any big stimuli occurring.
Acting is done rather well in the movie. Messing and Mulroney both suit very well to their characters, and they manage to assimilate admirably to their characters. Messing and Mulroney both do a great job of acting in a believable way which pulls the viewer right into the movie. Although, slight over-acting can be seen from Messing’s side, with her facial expressions and body language. However, it is not seen in such quantities that it would be a bothering phenomenon to the viewer.
From a point of view of a student from a wedding planning and management course, for a wedding movie, I had higher expectations. If one is hoping to see even small steps from the process of arranging and managing a wedding, this is not the right movie. Of course, some pre-wedding events, such as the bachelor/bachelorette’s parties were shown, and a few wedding ceremony elements such as a bride’s & made of honour’s dresses, church altar, floral décor, “just married” vehicle and reception venue is shown in the background, but they are not of important significance to the movie.
All in all “The Wedding Date” is easy and cheerful to watch, with no serious life-altering questions left to the viewer. It’s a traditional love/wedding movie, with a couple of alternations. I would recommend the movie to females looking for a breezy way to spend a movie night. I would grade the movie with three stars.
Text by Saara Peltomäki