The Wedding Date DVD: Review By Dodd

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When seeing romantic comedies, most of them give off a neutral effect. Generally, the genre is so monotonous that I forget it even exists. A guy and a girl meet, fight, split ways, fall in love, and they live happily ever after. I know what to expect and never find myself feeling surprised at what unfolds onscreen. Let's not forget that the female protagonist always has a gay best friend that tags along as an accessory.

I recently sat down to watch The Wedding Date, and expected that same numb sensation I get from romantic comedies. Though surprisingly the movie presents attention-grabbing elements that make it different from the rest of the pack. Is it because of a smartly written script, or show-stopping performances? Absolutely not! The Wedding Date caught my attention thanks to its blatant stupidity. I actually had to pinch myself to make sure I was watching a real movie.

The story begins with our heroine, Kat (Debra Messing). Well, at least she is supposed to be a heroine. Kat is the character with whom we are supposed to root for and support. In the first five minutes of the film, I found myself hating this girl, and the feeling never dies off throughout the duration of the film. You see Kat is a desperate, pathetic girl living a desperate, pathetic life in the city. Now I know the first thing people think when they see Debra Messing are the words "desperate" and "pathetic".

Kat's sister is marrying the best friend of her ex-fiancé in England. Since she can't bear showing up without a date, she hires a male escort named Nick (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend. While her goal in England is to attract the likes of her ex, she finds herself falling for her fake date. Oh what will a girl do?

There were moments in The Wedding Date when I actually had to bury my face in my hands from the painful images on screen. The thing that hurt my eyes the most was Debra Messing. While usually sight for sore eyes, Messing's character caused a feeling of nausea in my head and my gut. As of recently, Hollywood has developed a trend of casting gorgeous women in insecure, pathetic roles. First there was Catherine-Zeta Jones in The Terminal, then Heather Locklear in The Perfect Man, and now this! Though Debra Messing's performance as to be the worst case. Seeing her gorgeous face with a look of psychotic clinginess in her eyes is quite unfitting.

Aside from Messing's horrible miscasting, the film comes off like blooper reel footage that was inserted into the finished product. There are various montage scenes of people just screwing around that seriously had me inquiring whether or not everyone that shot and chopped this movie was stoned.
There are special features included on the film. Though they are not worth watching unless you think the complete opposite of what I think in this review: you like the movie, and you think Debra Messing is oh so realistically dead-on. Because most of these extras glorify the picture and are hosted by Debra Messing.

On A Date with Debra, Debra Messing alone sits and shares stories about her experience making the film. As well, Messing sits all by her lonesome self and does a commentary track on the film. Considering that Messing is the only person that has anything to say on this DVD, I can't help but wonder if everyone else involved wants to wash their hands of this project. The supplemental features are free of any word from the director, writer, producers, or Dermot Mulroney. It is painful to listen to Messing ramble on with stories and referring to this film like it is the milestone project in her career.

As well there is a reel of deleted scenes. Unfortunately there are no scenes that provide reasoning behind why this film is so disjointed. They are just as worthless as the film itself.
The film is in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.85:1 ratio. There are no glitches on the transfer. As well, there are no breakthrough cinematography techniques that make this aesthetically beautiful. The picture looks just like every other romantic comedy.
5.1 Dolby Digital. You can choose to hear Debra Messing whine and moan about weddings or how her life sucks in surround sound if you want. If I were you, I would choose the mute button. Actually, you could just save time and not watch the movie at all.

Standard DVD keep case. Messing and Mulroney are shown on the cover so happy together. While I know romantic comedies are always so predictable, why do they always have to stress how happy and unified the two leads are going to be in the end on DVD covers and trailers?
The Wedding Date is one of the worst films I have seen this year. Though I am so glad I got to see it. Seeing films this bad nourishes my perspective on movies. It is comparable to people questioning why there is evil in this world. The answer being that without evil, we wouldn't appreciate good. The same can be said for this film. Without pieces of flaming crap like this being released, we would never appreciate the real films out there.

My Recommendation: Not only do I suggest saving purchase money, but saving rental money. Let this film sit on the shelf in isolation so it can cry like Debra Messing's character.

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