The Wedding Date (Clare Kilner). 90 minutes. Opens Friday (February 4). For venues and times, see Movies, page 86. Rating: N Rating: N
Women want to believe that it's men who've prevented us from pushing through the glass ceiling, but "chick flicks" like The Wedding Date make it painfully clear that it is we, the fairer sex, who ain't treating each other fairly.
How else to explain two female writers (author Elizabeth Young, screenplay by Dana Fox) and woman director Clare Kilner offering this horrid male version of Pretty Woman (itself no beauty).
Kat (Debra Messing), not wanting to attend her self-absorbed sister's wedding alone -- her ex is the best man -- hires hunky escort Nick (Dermot Mulroney) as her date. Can't you feel the magic when he says, "I hate anchovies, and I think I'd miss you if I'd never even met you"?
There's the romance. You want comedy? Kat's sis likes stealing her boyfriends, ha ha, and her mom makes speeches that humiliate her. Not howling? Pacing expert Kilner will gladly keep the scene going while she waits for you to get the joke.
Poor Debra Messing. In her attempt to mirror the career trajectory of Jennifer Aniston, she thought it might help to make something like Jen's Picture Perfect, but neither that film nor this piece of crap comes close to being a perfect picture.
We need more than Mulroney's tight bod to satisfy us. This cheesecake is just empty calories.