Sade Jones (Mandy Moore) and Ben Murphy (John Krasinski) are a newly amorous couple when Ben asks her on Sade’s parent’s 30th wedding anniversary, if she wants to become his wife. She is very happy and her wish for her wedding is to marry in her family church and to get married by her old religious education teacher Reverend Frank (Robin Williams). Since all wedding slots are fully booked out, the only free date he can offer is in three weeks. Before their wedding, he wants the couple to prove that they are really ready for a marriage and therefore Reverend Frank sets the condition that in the next three weeks they have to successfully participate in a wedding preparation course. Sade really likes the idea of that course and trusts Reverend Frank in all his demands. From the very beginning, Ben is not convinced by the idea to relinquish sex before the marriage and to care for robot babies. Another important part of that course is to write down vowels for the wedding day in a small book.
All the time Ben is very mistrustful with Frank. Especially when he discovers that there are bugs in their flat to hear and supervise all the happenings of the couple. By doing a research, he discovers that Frank has been married once and his marriage was divorced. When Ben wants to uncover everything, Frank has a good explanation for his marriage and divorce: he helped a Mexican woman to get a Greencard and to stay in the country.
The course goes on and one day before the wedding Sade questions the idea of marrying the next day. By knowing that Ben has nothing in the vowel book than a truck story and seeing all the problems arising in their relationship, she cancels the wedding. With the flight tickets to the honeymoon destination Jamaica, she flies with her family to the sun – not knowing that Ben follows her…
“Licence to Wed” is a nice entertaining comedy. With jokes and charm it deals with the topics of wedding preparations, discussions about children and the question if that person you would like to marry is the right person for the rest of your life. An important topic is writing the own vowels. The cliché that for women it is easier to write them than for man is confirmed.
However, the movie shows that at the end people who really want to get married know what to promise to each other. The movie takes the vowel book as a symbol to make someone clear about their feelings. Ben once draws a flip-book with a truck in a ring of fire instead of his vowels. When he changed his mind and knew that Sade is the women he wants to share his life with, he renews the drawing at the flip-book and draws the same truck but driving to the horizon towards the sunset.
Unfortunately, besides the topic of vowels the movie often was quite unrealistic and a little bit childish. A normal couple would not go shopping with robot babies just because it is part of a wedding condition. On top of that, normally nobody would stand the situation to be controlled all day and night.
The crew made the movie nice and worth seeing – but not many times. Robert Williams as Reverend Frank played his role as the “heart” of the content quite well and give the audience chances to laugh. Also, Mandy Moore and John Krasinski played in a realistic and smart way. The crew made the movie better and more entertaining.
The music of the movie fits to the environment and is well chosen. So, for instance live singers on the beach of Jamaica make the story lively and give a better feeling. Unfortunately, there are no remarkable songs which could remind someone of the movie, when hearing them again.
All in all, “Licence to Wed” is a not-demanding love’s comedy with a funny story but a regrettably not remarkable content. It might be nice for couples seeing it before they get married, just to prove themselves that they would not need such a wedding preparation course. And of course, the movie is a nice occasion for a girls evening…
Because of the crew and some nice elements the movie is worth seeing it once, but not twice!