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The Wedding Date

Debra Messing, Amy Adams, Dermot Mulroney

Kat (Messing) hires a male escort to accompany her to her sister’s wedding in the UK. She wants to look good in front of her family, and her ex-fiance who is the best man. Of course, you guessed it, they end up falling for each other in a very ‘Pretty Woman-esque’ fashion. In the first five minutes you could tell that this film was going to be totally predictable.

The bride-to-be (Adams) has an affair and things start to get messy. Here we have the ‘pre-wedding problems’ theme which is very common in the 21st Century rom com. There is betrayal, and confusion and broken hearts – but it’s all over the place and the film never really gets it together.  Smoochy ending as predicted but quite disappointing.


Leap Year

Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott

Amy Adams plays Anna, a slightly uptight young woman who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend, Jeremy, who is there on business. She has been inspired by an Irish tradition that says a woman can propose to a man on February 29th in a Leap Year.

Anna’s plans go awry because of bad weather and she ends up at the other end of the country to Jeremy. She has to enlist the help of a local innkeeper to get her to Dublin in time. Her and Declan (Goode) embark on quite a painful journey together, but by the time they arrive in Dublin, they have fallen in love. What will Anna do?

Adams plays a woman who’s in need of saving and that’s not always an endearing character for me. But at least she plays it well and there’s a smitten of humour attached. This is not an outstanding movie, but it’s pretty enjoyable – predictable – but enjoyable.

Serving Sara

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Joe (Perry) is a process server. He has to serve papers to Sara (Hurley) so her husband can divorce her. But he enters into a contract with her to serve her husband instead. That way she’ll get 50% of his property, and Joe will earn himself $1 million. But he ends up getting into a whole mess with a rival process service, and Sara’s husband’s henchmen. He and Sara fall for each other, but unless they can sort this out, they can’t be together.

I’ve seen this movie before many years ago, and it’s really not a film that stays with you forever. It’s one of those action romantic comedies, and isn’t awfully clever or funny, but still manages to tick a lot of boxes – car chases, guns, breasts…hang on, is this what we look for in a rom com?

Matthew Perry gives a great performance as the funny, nice guy. Hurley was okay. But I think rom coms have matured over the past ten years, and putting a model in very little clothes in the lead role doesn’t necessarily make it good.