Release Date: July 3rd, 2007 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Cast: Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, Eric Christian Olsen, Christine Taylor, Josh Flitter, DeRay Davis, Peter Strauss, Grace Zabriskie.
Directed by Ken Kwapis.
BASIC PREMISE: Sadie (Moore) and Ben (Krasinski), an engaged couple, go through a marriage preparation course with Reverend Frank (Williams).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: License to Wed joins Because I Said So and Music and Lyrics as another bland, forgettable romantic comedy with no romantic chemistry and not enough laughs to spare. Within the first act, Ben already falls in love with Sadie and proposes to her at her parents’ 30th Anniversary party. Everything goes as planned until they meet Reverend Frank, who requires them to go through a bunch of exercise to test their marriage. Watch Reverend Frank as he spies from a van while they’re in bed. Watch Reverend Frank as he hits Ben in the eye with a baseball and makes it swell. Watch Reverend Frank as he asks Sadie about her sexual fantasies in front of Ben. Yes, this so-called romantic comedy is that creepy and unfunny. Co-writer/director Ken Kwapis doesn’t include a single interesting, likeable character which would have worked if the audience could actually find a reason to laugh at them rather than watching them try too hard to make you laugh with them. Just when you thought that jokes were already overused last year (example: Click), there’s a scene when Ben accidentally has the word “Thou Shall Not Fart” on the engagement ring. Watch as the salesman spends nearly five minutes asking people if they see an “F” resembles a “P”. Where does Ken Kwapis come up with this kind of dull humor? Interestingly, Wanda Sykes has a sassy cameo here just like she did in the similarly underwhelming Evan Almighty. At least Sadie and Ben’s robot babies briefly steal the show and add a few chuckles and liveliness, for a change. They deserve to be in an entire movie of their own.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Bland, unfunny and oddly creepy.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9
IN A NUTSHELL: Bland, oddly creepy and forgettable with no real laughs to spare.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Never
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