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Movie Review: Made of Honor

Made of Honor: Bland and Tiresome

Here's the thing about Made of Honor: If one intends to make a weak, watery romcom that is essentially the remake of a preexisting movie (My Best Friend's Wedding) with the genders reversed, at the very least one should seek out a supremely charismatic lead actor. Patrick Dempsey's sniveling, whiny, soulless depiction of Tom, our womanizing protagonist, is just not entertaining. Sometimes he's downright annoying. And when the audience doesn't really feel like rooting for the main character of a romcom, what's the point?

As the previews for the movies have explained ad nauseum, Tom (Dempsey) is a "dashing" New Yorker who sleeps with every woman in sight — except for his best-best-friend Hannah (Monaghan), with whom he pals around the city, eating desserts and taking her to his father's many weddings. Hannah also patiently listens to all of Tom's latest sexual escapades, which he prevents from becoming Something More by adhering to a strict set of rules (i.e. no sleeping with the same woman two nights in a row). He's a commitmentphobe nearly to the point of absurd paranoia. The assumption is that he'll never settle down. Or will he? Of course, you know the answer to that but still,

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When Hannah goes off to Scotland for a six-week business trip, Tom realizes that he misses her and finally decides that he's going to tell Hannah he has feelings for her, though mostly he just seems like he's pouting because he's lost his confidant for a few weeks. Anyway, she returns and, to Tom's dismay, has brought along her new fiance, a high-profile Scot named Colin McMurray (Kevin McKidd). She asks him to be her maid of honor and he accepts. But by now, his group of guy buddies have been hearing Tom whine about how much he wants to be with Hannah, so with their help he plots to steal Hannah away from Colin. Predictable shenanigans ensue.

Save a few jokes (mostly one gag having to do with the Scottish accent) Made of Honor isn't funny and it's even less charming. The script is trite and we've seen it a million times before. However, it does have three things going for it. One: Michelle Monaghan is lovely, darling, and funny. In fact, the few moments of humor that aren't just pratfalls and flailing waiters are entirely because of her. Two: The scenes in Scotland are lush and gorgeous. Three: There are some adorable dogs in this movie. Aside from those things, it's just so boring.

For the trailer and more videos from Made of Honor, check out movies.ivillage.com.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures


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pinkserendipity pinkserendipity 7 years
i enjoyed this movie, seriously! and it has an awesome soundtrack to boot.
bluesuze bluesuze 7 years
I saw this last night, and yeah, it pretty much stunk. I really really REALLY hate when comedies have scenes where someone is walking through a crowded restaurant and then BAM! they bump into the waiter and everything goes flying. This is not comedy, folks. And guess what? This happened twice in Made Of Honor!! I saw this because I love Patrick, but this movie was so cliche. If anyone is waiting around to see it, I'd wait for it to come out on DVD. I'd have given it one star, too.
serenavallentine serenavallentine 7 years
when i heard about this movie i automatically thought 'wait..didn't katherine heighl do this one last year'?? not exactly the same, but close enough for me to think how ridiculous it was.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
I saw the matinée showing of it, because it was 6 bucks as opposed to the 12 dollar movie ticket most shows are. It really was nothing special, but it was a cute way to while 2 hours away. I wasn't exactly expecting anything big from it, though.
Asia84 Asia84 7 years
romantic comedy is for dvd or On-Demand. i'm not a patrick dempsey fan, i would only see it for the guy who plays the groom. i've seen him in other movies, and i like him . . .but even then, i'd wait for dvd.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 7 years
ur review is what i expected from the commercials and promos. might see it when it comes out on dvd.
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I saw this last night with a couple of my girl friends. I didn't think it was that bad. I mean, it was definitely a chick flick with pretty much the same plot you've seen 100 times, but if you know that going into it...It's not so bad. :P
leggy84 leggy84 7 years
I liked it! I think it depends on what you expect when you go in to see it, I know what to expect when i see a chick flick and i like thats its unrealistic and predictable. I also think you are wrong about patrick dempsey's ability to do comedy and i liked that it was from a guy's prospective.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
oh man, i've never (?) seen you give something 1 star before, Buzz! This sounds really boring, reading your review - so i'll be passing for sure!
karlorene karlorene 7 years
i just wanted to see it for cool scotland scenes... but i don't think i will pay $7.50 to do that, i'll just use google or something lol
nakitabanana27 nakitabanana27 7 years
I liked it. : ) But I wasn't expecting an award winning tear jerker, just a happy movie that I wouldn't have to think much about or watch twice to figure out the plot...True, it is highly predictable, but so few movies in hollywood today aren't. Plus, I went to a matinee so I didn't pay the full 10 bucks....my advice - when it comes out on dvd and you feel like watching something just to pass the time, rent it, or dont :)
haydee haydee 7 years
I just watched the movie, I went to see it because I love Patrick Dempsey. I agree, it's nothing special.
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
Yeah I'd never waste money on this one. Sounds like it's even worse than I thought.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
After seeing the trailer for this I assumed it was just an obvious rip-off and a movie I will never watch. Thanks for confirming! :)
ehadams ehadams 7 years
The previews and commercials for this movie make me sick. Unlikeable characters, ripoff premise, and the same trite jokes we have seen over and over. And whats with all the falling down in the commercials? He is really not the right actor to be doing that kind of physical comedy.
wren1 wren1 7 years
Your review is just what I expected. And it's such an obvious rip off of My Best Friend's Wedding--I can't believe this movie got made at all!
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