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Made of Honor review

Filed under: Our FIlms,Their Films — Rajeev @ 5:35 pm

Jun 27, 2008

Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monoghan

Director: Paul Weiland

It takes a special kind of talent to make a film as dull and predictable as Made of Honor. The movie stars Patrick Dempsey as Tom, a serial womaniser who beds a different woman every night, and never the same woman two nights in a row.

He’s the kind of Lothario who doesn’t ‘do’ love. But all that changes when he realises he’s fallen for his best friend Hannah (played by Michelle Monoghan) with whom he’s shared a strictly platonic relationship since college.

Tom’s decided to tell her she’s the one for him when she returns from a work trip to Scotland, but she comes back with a strapping Scotsman on her arm and a rock on her finger.

She’s getting married in two weeks, and she asks Tom to be her maid of honour.

Encouraged by his friends, Tom heads to Scotland for the wedding, determined to break up the alliance and win Hannah over for himself.

I know what you’re thinking – My Best Friend’s Wedding – and you’re not entirely wrong. But think of that film without any of the clever humour, without any of the natural charm both Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz brought to their roles, and without that stroke of genius, the gay best friend played by Rupert Everett.

Made of Honour has a few staple jokes about bad Scottish cuisine and ridiculous Scottish traditions, but that apart there’s really nothing in this film that is even remotely engaging.

Dempsey and Monoghan don’t have the kind of presence or chemistry that can rise above this severely flawed script, so for the most part you’ll just find yourself sitting in your seat and sighing as one predictable scene after another unfolds during the course of this punishment that lasts as long as one hour and 40 long minutes.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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