The Wedding Planner (2001)
June 29, 2023 10:40 AM - Subscribe

Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.

While celebrating her newest and most lucrative account -- the wedding of Internet tycoon Fran Donelly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) -- Mary (Jennifer Lopez) is rescued from a near-fatal collision with a runaway dumpster by handsome pediatrician Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey). After spending the most enchanting evening of their lives together, Mary thinks she's finally found a reason to believe in love. What she doesn't know is that cupid and her career are about to collide head-on.

Anne Cohen: From the very first scene, in which she comforts a distraught father by handing him a Valium from her trusty catch-all kit all while juggling three or four other minor crises, Lopez fills the screen. She’s charismatic and confident, playing off her anxious assistant Penny (Judy Greer, a perfect foil) and taking charge of difficult situations. But unlike say, Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, that cool collected work demeanor doesn’t translate to a messy home life, the kind where the heroine can be seen eating out of five day-old takeout containers. Lopez’s Mary is not an emotionally stunted wreck, she’s an ambitious woman who’s been busy focusing on her career and would rather spend her rare downtime folding her laundry and lighting soothing candles than dating men who will probably disappoint her.

Kit Bowen: Pretty people spouting romantic words won't necessarily inspire a caring response from the audience. However, through the sheer charisma of the two leading actors, the movie somehow manages to muddle through and leave you with a nice feeling in the end. Even if you knew it was coming all along. Bottom Line If it's a little mindless romance that you need, this movie is for you (and if you are planning a wedding, try and find Jennifer Lopez).

Rebecca Murray: "The Wedding Planner" is a bit of fluff, but fluff can be entertaining taken in light doses. The movie takes us from a brief glimpse at Jennifer's character's childhood, to her present as an obsessive, workaholic wedding planner. Desperately wanting a partnership in the wedding planning firm she works for, she seeks out the business of an ultra rich couple, enter Bridgette Wilson Sampras and Matthew McConaughey. The movie progresses pretty predictably from there, with a few laughs thrown in, though not as many, or as witty, as you'd hope for or expect. If you are willing to forget about previous movies with a similar theme, and if you are willing to just relax, not try to analyze the film, while keeping in mind it's only entertainment, then this movie isn't that bad.

posted by Carillon (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Definitely agree most with the Anne Cohen comments above. I always had fond memories of this one as it had to walk the line between getting the leads together, but still having you care about them despite essentially being relationship breakers. Worth revisiting, if nothing else for how much fun Lopez and McConaughey are together.
posted by Carillon at 10:42 AM on June 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

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