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THE WEDDING PLANNER is a breezy, relatively tame romantic comedy with a unique clash of characters. Lopez and the quadrangle between Mary, Steve, Fran, and the Italian suitor develops into an interesting, entertaining series of problems that, regrettably, are resolved in a rather pedestrian by the movie’s abrupt ending. Mary handles the conflict between she, Steve and Fran in a moral way. THE WEDDING PLANNER is also free of the sexual immorality. It contains, however, a significant number of mostly mild obscenities and profanities. It also has a scene involving drunkenness and some light jokes regarding a nude statue’s private parts.
(Ro, B, LLL, V, N, AA, M) Romantic worldview with some moral elements (including some early scenes set during a wedding at a church, but nothing overtly Christian or redemptive); 16 obscenities (including some “d,” “h” & a couple “s” words) & 16 mild profanities (mostly “My God”); no real violence, but man pushes woman out of way of oncoming trash receptacle, horse runs out of control & two people accidentally break a statue; no implied or depicted sex scenes or sexual immorality but couple tries to glue back on private part of statue that is accidentally broken; naked statue shown for light comic effect; alcohol use, couple appears tipsy from visiting winery & women gets drunk when she accidentally runs into ex-fiance; no smoking; and, lack of a full measure of the sacred importance of the institution of marriage.
Rising Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez plays the title role in THE WEDDING PLANNER, a romantic comedy from Columbia Pictures, which made a name for itself by producing such romantic comedies like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT in the 1930s. In many ways, THE WEDDING PLANNER is a throwback to such comedies during the first decade or so of talking pictures. It may remind some people of CAREFREE, a 1938 musical comedy with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In that movie, Ginger plays the fiance of Ralph Bellamy. She develops an immediate, unconscious attraction to Fred Astaire’s psychiatrist character which will not be denied.
Lopez appears in THE WEDDING PLANNER as a wedding planner in San Francisco named Mary. The movie introduces her confronting some last minute, funny glitches at an extravagant wedding. Mary handles the problems in a no-nonsense, controlling way. One of the people who’s sitting in the church pews at the wedding remarks, “She must lead such a romantic life,” but Mary simply goes home after her work day and eats a quick meal she bought at a store.
The next day, Mary convinces her boss that, if she lands a particular rich client, the boss will make Mary a partner in the firm. After all, the company was failing until Mary’s hard work and aggressiveness turned things around for the firm.
Then, Mary literally runs into a young, handsome doctor named Steve, played by Matthew McConaughey. Steve happens to grab her before a runaway trash dumpster slams into her. The rescue knocks her out, however, so Steve makes her an outpatient at his pediatrics clinic nearby. Mary’s vivacious co-worker, Penny, rushes to the clinic to see Mary. Penny meets Steve, who immediately impresses her. Knowing about Mary’s lack of a romantic interest, Penny sets up a special “date” between Mary and Steve right there at the clinic. The date goes extremely well, with Mary and Steve almost kissing until a rainstorm interrupts them.
A day or so later, Mary meets the rich client, a pretty blonde named Fran and her goofy parents, but the groom is late to arrive. Of course, the groom turns out to be Steve, and a series of humorous conflicts begins. Complicating matters further is the fact that Mary’s Italian immigrant father tries to set Mary up with a young man fresh off the boat from Italy. Mary can’t seem to get rid of him, no matter how hard she tries.
THE WEDDING PLANNER is a breezy, relatively tame romantic comedy with a unique clash of characters. Lopez and McConaughey are likeable and easy to watch. The quadrangle between Mary, Steve, Fran, and the Italian suitor develops into an interesting, entertaining series of problems that, regrettably, are resolved in a rather pedestrian way by the movie’s abrupt ending. Although the movie’s romantic worldview prevents it from developing a truly biblical philosophy regarding the institution of marriage, Mary handles the conflict between she, Steve and Fran in a moral way.
THE WEDDING PLANNER is also free of the sexual immorality that can often invade a movie that’s rated PG-13. The movie does contain, however, a significant number of mostly mild obscenities and profanities. It also has a scene involving drunkenness and some light jokes regarding a nude statue’s private parts.