|THE WEDDING PLANNER (2001)|
|Time: 103 mins.|
Genre: Romantic Comedy
SYNOPSIS: Mary Fiore is ambitious, hard-working, extremely organized, and she knows exactly what to do and say to make any wedding a spectacular event. Bt when she falls for a handsome doctor her busy yet uncomplicated life is turned upside down - he's the groom in the biggest wedding of her career. Will she help him walk down the aisle with his internet tycoon girlfriend, or will Mary finally get to be the bride herself?
BOTTOM LINE: Jennifer Lopez clearly needs to pay more attention to her acting and less on her music, if this film is any indication of the direction she wants her film career to go in. She was so great in OUT OF SIGHT, showing what a forceful, sexy, intelligent presence she can be. Romantic comedies are the way to the hearts of mainstream America, but most of them, including this one, are fairly one note affairs. What makes them work is the chemistry between the leads, which is exactly what sinks this pic. Lopez is sweet, smart and sophisticated as the wedding planner who has everything except love. Unfortunately, the man of her dreams is played by the hunky, yet lethargic McConaughey, who seems confused throughout much of the film. Granted, he's supposed to be an engaged man who's fallen in love with his wedding planner, but his dim-witted style is neither charming nor romantic. J. Lo performs with grace and humor, as the ambitious planner trying to pull off the wedding off her career, which just happens to star the man she wants to marry. Will she choose her job or her heart? Take a wild guess. This film has it's clever and funny moments, thank to Lopez, but is a pic where the casting, not the concept proves its' undoing. Fans of the genre and/or Lopez will probably be amused by this trifle. I wish I was.