The Wedding Planner
Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) plans weddings for a living - and she's the
best there is. The bigger and more lavish, the more impressive she is; she has
things arranged and timed to the "nth degree" and amazes her clients and peers
with her performance.
Unfortunately, she doesn't have much of a life outside of her work,
except for her family and neighbor group and the Scrabble team of which she's a
The one thing she really doesn't have is a man.
Then one day she's saved from harm by handsome doctor Steve (Matthew
McConaughey), and is positively smitten with the man - only to discover that
he's the groom in the next wedding she's planning, her biggest one yet!
Disappointed and confused, she lets her professionalism take over and tries to
shut off that part of her that's attracted to Steve.
But Steve's financee (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) is a working girl on
the move, and she practically forces Steve and Mary together to take care of
the wedding details. Well, isn't that the last thing they need?
Meanwhile, Mary's father (Alex Rocco) has tried to arrange a marriage
for Mary and her fiance-in-waiting follows her around trying to win her
affections. This causes all sorts of confusion as Steve - and others - believe
Mary to be engaged and planning her own wedding.
Will true love win out in the end? If so, whose true love will win out
- and what'll happen to any jilted lovers that may be left in the wake?
The Wedding Planner is a romantic comedy that oozes sweetness, and that
isn't a bad thing. Its two stars, both of whom have been embroiled in various
irrelevant controversies, both turn in very good performances and you really do
hope they get together (even though you know they really shouldn't). Lopez and
McConaughey are both very likeable and believable and the supporting ensemble
cast is terrific. The script is funny and, in places, quite touching.
The anamorphic widescreen DVD comes with plenty of extras, and the
video and audio (Dolby Digital 5.1) quality are both very good. If you ever
wanted to test your TV's color reproduction on a bunch of flower arrangements,
this could be your film.
Extras include director and writer's commentary, a "making of"
featurette, a featurette "The Dancer and the Cowboy," as well as some deleted
scenes with accompanying commentary. You also get a decent liner essay inside
the box, filmographies, and trailers.
We went into The Wedding Planner expecting a boring and obvious piece
of fluff (we don't know why, exactly, but that was our impression) and were
delighted to be charmed by this very good, very sweet movie about true
The Wedding Planner, from Columbia Tristar Home Video
104 min, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Digital
Starring Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConnaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras,
Justin Chambers, Alex Rocco
Produced by Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Gigi Pritzker, Deborah Del Prete,
Written by Pamela Falk &
Michael Ellis, Directed by Adam Shankman
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