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The Wedding Planner Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The best thing about a movie as silly as this is that it makes such modest demands on your attention. As the story unfolded with all the energy of California in a Stage 3 alert, I staved off brain death by trying to imagine an alternate version.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Don't buy a ticket for this one, even if the theater is having a fire sale on Raisinets.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    An out of date 1950s movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A plot like this is so hopeless that only acting can redeem it. Lopez pulls her share of the load, looking geuninely smitten by this guy and convincingly crushed when his secret is revealed. But McConaughey is not the right actor for this material.

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Iffy for 13+

Disappointing would-be romantic comedy with innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wedding Planner includes some strong and graphic language (one "f--k" and scattered lesser words). The movie includes comic drunkenness and a character's alcohol abuse is also played for laughs. The scene with the statue includes a fairly graphic depiction of male genitals, which at one point get superglued to a character's hand.

  • Families can talk about the way films and TV portray weddings and marriage. Why is so much attention placed on weddings? Is it the romance behind it? The money spent on it? Why doesn't the media focus more on what happens after the wedding and honeymoon is over?
  • How do different cultures view weddings and marriage? If you looked up wedding ceremonies from different cultures, what kind of unique traditions would you find?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Weddings seem more important than the actual marriages. The importance of family relationships is also highlighted.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Mary tries not to be an emotional romantic, but fails miserably. Steve goes out on a date despite being engaged.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A car accident leads to a chance meeting, but no real injuries. One scene features some friendly roughhousing between grown men.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some scenes of kissing and flirtatious behavior, but nothing explicit. Words like "vagina" are audible; genitals are accidentally torn off of a Roman statue. Infidelity is also discussed.

  • language false4

    Language: Words like "hell," "bastard," "ass," "crap," and "goddamn," and "s--t" are audible, but not frequent. One use of "f--k." The term "retarded" is used as self-deprecating insult.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Games like Scrabble and brands like Evian, Tattinger, Land Rover, and M&Ms are referenced and/or visible. The Antique Roadshow is featured.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine and champagne are visible at weddings and during meals. Cocktails are sometimes consumed during workplace meetings. Contains a few brief-but-comical scenes of drunken behavior.