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The Wedding Date (HD DVD)
Universal // PG-13 // July 10, 2007 // Region 0
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Review by Matthew Hinkley | posted July 18, 2007 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Yippee, I get to do another chick flick! No, no, I don't mind watching a good chick-flick once and awhile with the wife. "The Wedding Date" however falls right on the line where I would get very close to letting her just watch it with some girlfriends.

Kat (Debra Messing) is dreading going home for her sister Amy's (Amy Adams) wedding. Not only does she have to face her demanding family, she has to see her ex-fiancé Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield) who left her at the altar a couple years ago. So she flips through the yellow pages and chooses male escort Nick (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend to get back at Jeffrey. When her escort Nick (Dermot Mulroney) ends up being a knockout, she must be careful to not reveal who he really is and act like they are truly dating. As Kat goes through the family wedding jitters, parties, and routines, she and Nick begin to "accidentally" fall in love. Kat has to deal with all her history and her new feelings for Nick.

Debra Messing steals the show with her role as Kat. She is by far the best, and nearly only, reason to watch "The Wedding Date." She is quirky, fun, and full of energy. She easily falls into the shoes of Kat and brings us through those funny, awkward moments of a family gathering and during the hectic times of a wedding.

"The Wedding Date" suffers from a weak plot with some okay dialogue. I really struggled to sit down and enjoy watching these two people meet for the first time and try to fall in love at a wedding. Sure, Mulroney and Messing do a good job of making us believe in their romance, but unfortunately it isn't enough to keep my attention. I really felt like they tried to throw as many bad things as possible at someone, just to play around and see if it works.

"The Wedding Date" isn't a bad movie; my wife enjoyed and got a kick out of it. But unfortunately I just couldn't sit down and enjoy much. I don't even honestly know why but I never really got into "The Wedding Date."

The DVD

Video:

Here we get a 1080p VC-1 encoding that is fine, but unfortunately nothing special. The detail is good, the colors are generally nice and the skin tone is good, just a little warm at times. There is grain now and then, but nothing that is too distracting, and sometimes there is a soft focus that you may notice in a couple scenes. For the most part this is a decent transfer...it isn't great, but it isn't terrible either.

I did want to note that at the beginning of the film, during the opening scene, there is a weird moment that there is almost a camera shake. The detail is very much lacking, and looks like a standard DVD release. But the rest of the film is nothing like the opening scene.

Sound:

In the audio department we get a 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus track. Thankfully it is a little better then the video transfer, but still isn't great. The surrounds really don't get any use, but the dialogue is fairly even and I never actually had to adjust the volume other then starting up the film. The soundtrack is fun, and fits well, so overall we actually have a fairly nice audio track that is appealing; there are just a few areas that could have been improved upon.

Extras:

Deleted Scenes: Eh, nothing to watch here.

A Date with Debra: This is a fun and cute interview with Messing in which she takes us behind the scenes and gives us a lot of little fun facts about the film. This is definitely worth the watch as it is fairly short, but a lot of fun to listen to Messing.

Commentary with Debra Messing: So Debra Messing is very intelligent and has a lot of interesting things to say. She does a fantastic job of filling us in on certain scenes, and giving us many more fun facts then she does in our "Date" that we just had with her. She does pause at times and allow us to watch the film for quite a while, so at times the commentary is a little slow, but is still entertaining to listen to her throughout.

Final Thoughts:

So "The Wedding Date" is officially not my favorite chick-flick. It is fun, kind of entertaining (was to the wife), and worth watching if it means making the wife happy. Debra Messing does a great job in her role as Kat and made it more worth it for me. The video, audio, and extras all have their lacking elements, so if you are a fan of this film, Rent It and watch it with someone that you care about.

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