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May 12, 2008
Review - " Made of Honor " (in Theaters) - By Roland Hansen
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Made of Honor
Directed by Paul Weiland
Starring Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kathleen
Quinlan, Sydney Pollack

It takes a real man to become a maid of honor and Patrick
Dempsey manages to get in touch with his feminine side as
McBridesmaid.

In Columbia Pictures’ romantic comedy “Made of Honor”,
Tom (Patrick Dempsey) leads a good life: he’s sexy, he’s
successful, and he knows he can always rely on Hannah
(Michelle Monaghan), his delightful best friend and the one
constant in his life. It’s the perfect setup until Hannah goes
overseas to Scotland on a six-week business trip. Tom is
stunned to realize how empty his life is without her. He
resolves that upon her return, he’ll ask Hannah to marry
him – but is floored when he learns that she has become
engaged to a handsome and wealthy Scotsman and plans to move overseas. When Hannah asks Tom to be her “maid” of
honor, he reluctantly agrees to fill the role but only so he can attempt to woo Hannah and stop the wedding before it’s too
late.

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while
she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all,
Hannah gets engaged.

Often cute, quite engaging, the characters are likable, the story well-paced. There is no real bad guy. The 'villain' is the
Dempsey character's lack of respect for women, his shallow manipulation of sexual intimacies, and his failure to understand
himself - or his devotion to his long-time friend.

The cast was very well chosen. Patrick Dempsey made a very decent and convincing performance, Michelle Monaghan
look very cute in this role and acts very well also. The couple of Dempsey and Monaghan were great, they have really good
chemistry between them. Dempsey is the handsome engaging player lug-head, who underneath it all has a good heart.
The female lead, Michelle Monaghan, was terrific. It's not just that she's pretty, but she has a nice solid vibe that makes her
appealing, too. Michelle is radiantly beautiful, funny, and smart. A man could imagine that woman as someone they’d like to
know and spend time with.

One serious issue with the script is with all of Tom’s male friends. It almost feels as though all the male characters were
actually one character with their dialogue divided into four different speaking roles, because they all had exactly the same
stereotyped male personality.

This film has a lot of humor and it isn't really cheesy humor, it was actually funny.  Although I enjoyed the movie, it was not
an original idea. The one thing I did really enjoy about it was that this wasn't a sad girl trying to get the guy, like so many
other movies tend to be, it was shown through the guy's perspective which isn't quite as over done. Two other good
examples of this genre of romantic comedy are “Bed of Roses” & “Notting Hill”

One of the best things of the movie are the locations, between Scotland and New York you see a lot of beautiful places.

"Made of Honor" doesn't break any new ground. For the most part this film is by the numbers romantic comedy.
Patrick Dempsey
"Made" almost feels like a remake of Julia Roberts “My Best Friends
Wedding” with a different ending. It does manage a touching turn, because
we really want to know why Hannah ends up choosing Colin. It is
transparent to us that Colin is the perfect guy, but he is not the perfect guy
for Hannah. Fortunately, Dempsey and Monaghan's charm and chemistry
for the most part wins over "Maid of Honor". Sydney Pollack provides
welcome comic relief and staid fatherly advice. Kathleen Quilan is great in
the supporting role of Hannah's mother Joan. She has a moving moment
with Monaghan as Mom talks about Hannah's late father.

If you enjoy romantic comedies and want a good laugh this one is definitely
worth seeing. It has all the ingredients to entertain and spend a really good
time with whoever you want to. It is very funny and romantic without being
corny.

"Made of Honor" is enjoyable for what it is: cookie cutter romantic comedy.
We can suspend our disbelief, because Dempsey and Monaghan are great
together.

You will
have to walk out which is too bad as Michelle Monaghan is quite the
eye candy.