A guy and a girl are best friends. They meet in college on the completely wrong foot, and end up becoming inseparable. After ten years they can finish each other’s sentences, guess what kind of pastry the other is going to buy from a café, and even order the other’s food without having to ask. You could even say that they’re soul mates. One day, the girl leaves on a six week business trip to Ireland, and the two spend the entire time trying to stay in contact but getting blocked almost every time (due to time differences, foul weather, and a herd of goats… I KID YOU NOT!). During this time, the guy realizes that he can’t live without the girl, and decides to tell her that he loves her the second she comes home.
However, there’s a little snaffoo in his plans: she met someone while in Ireland, and they’re getting married! Not only that, but she wants HIM to be her MAID OF HONOR! So, he decides to try and break up the engagement/wedding from the inside, and so follows two hours of stunts and pranks and blah blah blah.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way… doesn’t it sound ODDLY familiar? Can’t you picture a couple of well knows actors in just the reverse (girl wants guy instead of guy wants girl)? Maybe a snappy redhead with an infectious laugh as the girl who wants to steal the guy, and an overexposed, dreamy-eyed blonde as the fiancé to the guy that the girl wants to steal? Doesn’t that sound like, I don’t know, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING?
Well, it basically is, but they weren’t quite able to pull off what Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz did.
Credit needs to be given where credit is due, and I’ll say that the actors did their best with the material they were given. The acting is great all around, it’s just the story that’s ridiculous. I mean, they had Tom be the inventor of “cup collars”, those cardboard cylinders that you put around cups of coffee so you don’t burn your hand, just so that he would have enough free time to pursue his friend. Really? Cup collars? Lame.
I actually saw this movie for free during an advanced screening (“Don’t use your cell phone! Not even to send a text message! If we see the glow of a cell phone screen, that person will be removed from the theater!” Oy vey, like we were going to ruin the plot of the movie for the ENTIRE WORLD with a text message or a screen shot with our 2MP cameras.), and I’m glad that I did. I would have been wholeheartedly pissed if I’d paid to see it.
It’s a cute movie if you have nothing better to do, but wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it: 5/10.