The wedding planner - Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Joanna Gleason, Adam Shankman
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
A romantic comedy about love, destiny and other events you just can't plan for.
Your wedding day. It must be glorious. It must be perfect. It must be the most memorable, idyllic and overwhelmingly love-filled occasion of your entire life. And there's only one person who can make this dream become a glowing reality - the wedding planner. But this time, the one who makes everyone else's dreams come true, A-list San Francisco wedding planner Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez), has finally found the man of her dreams - or has she?
While celebrating her newest and most lucrative account - the wedding of internet tycoon Fran Donelly - Mary is rescued from a near-fatal collision with a runaway dumpster by handsome pædiatrician Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey). After spending the most enchanting evening of their lives together, Mary thinks she's finally found a reason to believe in love. But what she doesn't know is that Steve is already one of her clients.
Persons of interest
- Jennifer Lopez .... Mary Fiore
- Matthew McConaughey .... Steve Edison
- Bridgette Wilson .... Francine Donolly
- Justin Chambers .... Massimo
- Judy Greer .... Penny
- Alex Rocco .... Salvatore
- Joanna Gleason .... Mrs Donolly
- Charles Kimbrough .... Mr Donolly
- Kevin Pollak .... Dr John Dojny
- Fred Willard .... Basil St Mosely
- Lou Myers .... Burt Weinberg
- Frances Bay .... Dottie
- Kathy Najimy .... Geri
- Cortney Shounia .... Mary Fiore (Age 7)
- Philip Pavel .... Benton
- Pamela Falk .... Screenwriter
- Michael Ellis .... Screenwriter
- Adam Shankman .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
Field Agent Keith Dehle
I thought The wedding planner was going to be one of those romantic, lovey dovey wedding movies that you expect to find on the Hallmark Channel. I knew nothing about the movie apart from its title and the fact that current music sensation, Jennifer Lopez, was in it. To say the least - I wasn't expecting much from this film.
All my preconceptions went right out the proverbial window in the first 5 minutes. It turned out to be a romantic comedy as opposed to just a romance and the humour was witty and often unexpected. In addition, Jennifer demonstrates from the start her ability not just to act but to do so with a sense of style and credibility. A few twists in the plot also kept me guessing as to whether she was going to marry her awkward childhood friend, Massimo, to satisfy her father's wishes, or the good looking pædiatrician, Steve Edison, who she first meets when he saves her from a runaway dumpster that threatens her when her heel gets caught in a grate while crossing a road. Well, they had to be introduced somehow.
Mary's her loyalty to her father, her career as San Francisco's most successful wedding planner and Edison, the man who you will want to see her marry, are subsequently put to the test. After spending an enchanted evening with Edison she finds out that he Fran's fiancé. It is Fran and Steve's wedding which she is responsible for planning and which is providing her the opportunity to progress to the ranks of business partner along side her boss.
By and large, the movie never loses its feel-good nature. However, being a romantic comedy, there are inevitably times where the storyline tugs at the heartstrings. But before you have time to start reaching for the Kleenex, some comic relief is presented and you are once again laughing. To the credit of Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, some very humorous lines are delivered not least by great supporting characters such as Fran's alcoholic, socialite mother Mrs Donelly, and Massimo.
The film is supported by a catchy selection of tracks including favourite wedding songs. Anyone who is contemplating using Olivia Newton-John's classic I honestly love you at their wedding should definitely see this film. On the other hand, if they have already made up their minds to include the song at their wedding, they should probably watch something else!
Overall, The wedding planner is surprisingly a very, very good film. It is witty, well acted and thoroughly entertaining not just for romantics, but anyone who enjoys a good wholesome laugh.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital
- Picture: Widescreen 16:9 enhanced
- Languages: English
- Commentary: Pamela Falk, Michael Ellis, Adam Shankman
- The dancer and the cowboy featurette
- Electronic press kit
- 6 Deleted scenes with optional commentary from Adam
Security censorship classification
M (Low level coarse language)
103 minutes (1:43 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
VHS retail: 3 October 2001
DVD retail: 10 April 2002