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Mar 16, 2005

Better Alone

Today I have no date. I enter the theater to see The Wedding Date, with a chocolate that promises me love. This love comes cheap for me but not for Kat Ellis (Debra Messing), an anxious and girlish New Yorker. To avoid shame with her family and start revenge on her ex-fiancé, she hires escort Nick Mercer (Delmot Mulroney) to be her boyfriend in her sister's wedding.

In her first role after acting in Hollywood Ending and Along Came Polly, Messing can't shine, although sometimes Kat’s innocence and tenderness intake us smile. Mulroney again plays an accurate wedding man, as in My Best Friend's Wedding and About Schmidt, but he can't shine either. Even the supporting roles commonly overwhelming in romantic comedies can't be fully developed.

Clare Kilner again directs young women who refuse to believe in true love -until the unavoidable happy ending, like in How To Deal and Janice Beard. She cleverly handles a hook for teenage fantasies and identifications. Reversing the battle of sexes, Dana Fox turns the modest screenplay into something a little more attractive than without this idea.

Some wonderful English landscapes try to save the story of Kat and Nick suddenly falling in love. "How do you know so much about women?", asks the groom to Nick. "Because I'm a hooker", he replies, in one of the few funny moments of the film. A parental advisory should recommend discussion of the ending at home. In my case, I don't have anybody to discuss it, because today I have no date. But with this example of a wedding, better alone.

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