Maid of Honor Movie Review

May 9, 2008 By:
Maid of Honor Movie Review

Watching 'Made of Honor' wasn't bad because it was a chick flick, but because it could've been a better chick flick.

More suited for the Lifetime or the Oxygen Channel than the big screen, it stars Patrick Dempsey as Tom, a playboy in college who mistakes the cute but nerdy Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) for her roommate, Tom's intended target. After Hannah blinds him with perfume, she fascinates him with her blunt, humbling honesty and a friendship ensues.

Flash forward 10 years to the present. Hannah and Tom are boyfriend/girlfriend, except neither knows it. They confide in each other, play cutesy games and Tom even drags her to his father's sixth wedding. However, Dempsey is more Dr. McSkanky than McDreamy as he treats women like daily bootycalls with no remorse when he reminds Hannah of no "back to backs," meaning never the same girl two days in a row. Classy.

While Hannah is away working in Scotland, Tom realizes that she is his soul mate and prepares to tell her when she returns. Unfortunately, she returns with a fiancé, the charming but too-good for-this- movie, Colin (Kevin McKidd). Tom sets out with his band of bland,
boring friends headed by Felix (Kadeem Hardison) in an attempt to wreck the wedding from within.

Great premise, bad execution.

Sydney Pollack is very likable as Tom's Sr., a serial groom who encourages Tom to try to win back Hannah. Pollack's character is the only one you really want to find true love.

Dempsey and Monaghan definitely have chemistry and look beyond cute together, but Dempsey isn't likable enough for you to root for him. You come to the conclusion that Hannah did upon hearing his profession of love: that he's after her not because he loves her, but
because he doesn't want to lose his best friend. Furthermore, Colin is perfect for any woman, so why should we hope Tom gets her? And the callousness during the final scene at Hannah's wedding hints that
she may be just as narcissistic as Tom.

This romantic comedy isn't a tearjerker, but there's definitely enough jerks in it to make you wish you had stayed at home.