When it comes to Romance in a movie I always find myself hopelessly leaning towards wanting to see the film. Of course Andy isn't always as keen but he did agree to watch Made of Honour with me.
The story is about a man and a woman who have been friends since a drunken night in College. Both of them seem to have feelings for each other but neither wants to admit it. Having spent lots of time together they suddenly find themselves apart and Tom (Patrick Dempsey) suddenly realises he can't live without Hannah (Michelle Monaghan). But when Hannah returns from Scotland she has a new man with her and they are getting married. She asks Tom to be her Maid of Honour. He still has feelings for her though and isn't sure if he can go through with it.
This is another film I've really enjoyed. There were a lot of very funny moments that had me laughing a lot. I found there to be some very good interaction between the characters and the story was really quite easy to watch and enjoy. The story was very easy to follow and the romance and comedy were done very well.
I thought the cast were very good and the lead actor and actress looked very natural together on screen. Some of the films funnier parts involved Patrick Dempsey and despite some rather painful looking scenes he seemed to fit into the part quite well. He also seemed to look right next to Michelle Monaghan, which really made everything work very well.
It is a film that fits really well into the Romantic Comedy market. I found myself laughing quite a lot and really enjoyed the film. It is very much a feel good film that really entertains.
I have to say that I really enjoyed Made Of Honour a little more than I expected and would really recommend it, although I don't think Andy enjoyed it even half as much as me.
Made of Honor is yet another romantic comedy to come off the conveyor belt and was released in 2008 starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan amongst others. This one is pretty good to and I would watch again.
Patrick Dempsey plays Tom. In college he has a reputation as a bit of a lady's man. He normally sleeps with anyone who will get near him but never gets attached to one particular person for too long. One night he accidentally runs into Hannah played by Michelle Monaghan. It is not the best first meeting as he is in the process of sneaking into a room that night. However, they begin to really get on well and their relationship and friendship grows as they get closer.
The movie now moves forward ten years and we catch up with Tom doing the same as he was doing back then and sleeping with different women almost every night. He spends the rest of his time with Hannah during the days. She is now working in a museum. They are very close but nothing more at this point.
But his true feelings for her are discovered when she goes away on a trip to Scotland for a number of weeks. He suddenly realises how much he feels for her and not just as a friend.
Unfortunately for Tom, no sooner as he worked this all out then she returns with Colin played by Kevin McKidd. They met in Scotland and have now got engaged to each other. Tom is still reeling from this when she asks him to be her maid of honor at the wedding! In a story that is similar to My Best Friend's wedding but the male interpretation, Tom decides he will be well placed to break them up from inside the wedding party. He only has two weeks though to change Hannah's mind about him and see him as more then just a friend.
I think one of the secrets of a good romantic comedy is that the characters are warm and you like them on screen and I felt they definately were. They are extremely likeable and the two main actors do a great job and the chemistry between them is fantastic.
Yes, the story is predictable as so many of these types of movies are, but the acting is good and it's a light hearted comedy that is worth watching and is very entertaining.
Tom and Hannah are best friends, they have been ever since meeting at college and hannah stood up to Tom's advances. Since college Tom has more or less seen Hannah as one of the lads and trusts her with everything and anything and has no problem with her knowing his deepest darkest secrets, except one. The one that he doesn't realise until she meets a Scottish man and tells him that they are going to get married. The secret he realises he has is that he is actually head over heels in love with Hannah and can't bare to be without her.
Unfortunately for him, she does not realise this and even worse, she wants him to be her maid of honour at the wedding. As a good friend he accepts but little does she know that he is intent on proving just how amazing he is for her, and that she should be with him.
The game is on and he only has a short amount of time to prove himself the best choice.
I am a big fan of Patrick Dempsey and love his way of acting. He comes across as the american version of Hugh Grant.
The idea of this film is great in my opinion. Over the last ten years there have been numerous films where the girl wants to convince the guy and goes to all lengths, but this goes the other way and make sthe guy the one doing the chasing, and even better, he has to do it as non macho as possible because of being a maid of honour.
I was sucked into the whole idea of this film from the start and loved the relationship the two main actors had. Going rom friendship to lovers is a great concept and one that many of us strive to have happen in our own lives. Being best friends with someone at the same time as realising they are your soul mate is pure gold (ooooh, a bit soppy).
Anyway, other than the other lovey dovey stuff, the actual humour of this film is spot on. It has the laughs it needs to make it work and it is not just all about laughing at Tom as he is made to look stupid as a maid of honour. There are many jokes incorporated throughout and they do well to keep you engrossed in the film during the slow parts.
All in all, this is a romcom that contends with the best out there and I would recommend it any day of the week.
I paid £3.99 for this from Tesco.
It runs for 1 hour and 37 mins and is rated a 12.
The special features aren't something to write home about but could be worth a look if your bored.
Maid of Honour is a 2008 romantic comedy directed by Paul Weiland and provides an interesting twist on the typical Romantic Comedy.
The film is based around the very wealthy bachelor Tom Bailey JNR (Patrick Dempsey) and his long time female best friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan). After Hannah leave NY without Tom he soon begins to discover that he is lost without her and living life loving a different women every week is not satisfying him any more and he is falling in love with Hannah. However in true Rom Com fashion when Tom is about to tell hannah his love for her she tells him that she is engaged to a Scottish man. Hannah then takes Tom even more by suprise by asking him to be her maid of honour. Tom accepts thinking it will give him time to convince her not to get married to Colin. They arrive in Scotland and on the Hen night a simple peck on the cheek turns into a passionate kiss between the two. He is running out of time and confesses his love to Hannah. But will Hannah go through with her wedding or will Toms message get through to her.
This is an exciting film and it will keep you on edge throughout. It has some real cliff hangers, twists and turns which will always keep you guessing as to the outcome of the film.
I do have some gripes with this movie. For a start like most Rom/ coms it is a tad contrived, you always get the idea of what will happen, however that doesnt stop the twists and tuns exciting you along the journey. My main gripe is in the way Scotland is viewed. As a Scot i am quite offended to the way in which scotland is viewed, it is as if its back in the old times. Single track roads blocked by sheep, riding around on horse back, highland games and piping youself into a meal that just does not happen normally. It just seems the director wanted a hollywood stereotype of scotland to make the story better.
As much as I love chick flicks there are some that are just bad examples of the genre and fall into the trap of doing the same thing over again and being so predictable you might as well not watch the rest! Unfortunately this is one of them!
Tom and Hannah meet by chance at college when Tom accidentally gets into bed with his date's roommate. Ten years later they are best friends living in New York, Tom is a womanizer and Hannah is working at an art museum. She has to go away on business to Scotland for a few weeks and in this time without her Tom thinks about his feelings for her and realises that he is in love with her and has to have her around forever. When she gets back he plans to tell her this but she arrives with a bombshell, she is engaged to a man named Colin that she met in Scotland. Tom decides he has to win her over, will he succeed...
it was really predictable and didn't make you think at all, I may as well have left after 5 minutes, I would have known the rest of the plot!
The two leads are portrayed by Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, Colin is played by Kevin McKidd who I thought was very good and played the Scottish stereotype very well, probably because he is Scottish! However the two leads seemed to let the film down, they weren't really bad but I can definitely say that they weren't really good! Chemistry was also something that they didn't seem to have much of, I'm sure I wasn't meant to be rooting for Colin!
The film does have some redeeming points though as there are a few funny points in the film such as the dinner scene in Scotland.
So overall not really one that I would recommend!
Made of Honour is a film that I tried to see at the cinema, but due to time constraints I wasn't able to. I was really disappointed at that, because it sounds exactly like my sort of film: a romantic comedy involving weddings, and starring one of my favourite actors, Patrick Dempsey! So I was pleased that last week I finally got around to renting it. However after all that waiting, I was unimpressed at how average the film turned out to be.
The storyline of Made of Honour is not original, but romantic comedies aren't known for pushing the boat out plot-wise, so I didn't mind that too much. Tom (Patrick Dempsey) has been best friends with Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) for years and years. He is a serial player and dates many women at once, even though he is obviously meant for Hannah, a fact which Hannah clearly knows.
When Hannah departs to Scotland for a work trip for six weeks, Tom realises how much he misses her and decides to tell her she is the one for him. However things gets complicated when Hannah returns to America with a Scottish man, Colin (Kevin McKidd)...who is her fiancé. To rub salt in the wound, she asks Tom to be her maid of honour. Tom agrees, of course, but only because he wants to destroy the wedding from the inside. Can Tom stop the wedding and convince Hannah to get together with him instead?
This is a pleasant enough film and both Dempsey and Monaghan play their parts reasonably well. They have a small amount of chemistry but their relationship doesn't really set the screen alight. At least it is better than Hannah and Colin's relationship though, which seems bizarre and unlikely. McKidd is a bit of a non-entity on screen and his character is clearly just written as a plot device rather than a real person.
There are some nice romantic moments in the film and a few laughs, but in places it does drag, due to the fact that the comedic moments are too few and far between, and the film seems to last for quite a long time even though it is only an hour and forty minutes long.
There's not much doubt as to how this film will end, although there is one moment of tension that had me yelling at the screen. Still, the rest of it was entirely predictable and that's a shame, as if they had developed the character of Colin more then the film could have been more interesting.
There are some nice performances from the supporting cast, particularly by Sydney Pollack as Tom's dad who is on his sixth marriage, and Busy Phillips (Audrey from Dawson's Creek) as a slightly psychotic bridesmaid.
This is an OK film to pass the time but I wouldn't recommend it over any of the superior rom-coms out there, such as 27 Dresses. You can buy the DVD of this for £2.98 from Amazon.co.uk.
Having climbed into the wrong girls bed during a College Party little does Tom know that 10 years later the two will still be friends. Even less likely would be the realisation that while Hannah is away that Tom, a serial bed hopper, discovers he is actually in love with her. Upon her return though Tom is in for a shock as during her brief stay in Scotland she has met the man of her dreams and agreed to marry him. Now she's asked Tom to be her Made of honour but having discovered his true feelings will he let her go through with it, or can he somehow stop the wedding and win the girl?
So obviously having watched a film I wanted to watch, The Incredible Hulk, it was inevitable that we'd end up watching something girly to balance it out. I'd seen the inevitable trailers and didn't really fancy seeing Made of Honour but with Jen in full Wedding mode I knew it was inevitable and a movie I'd be unable to avoid. As the title suggests it fits squarely into the chick flick genre without leaving any room for error. Of course like all chick flicks it has its funny moments, but guys beware this is chick flick by numbers time.
With a relative new comer to the Hollywood big time Paul Weiland in the director's chair it looks like quite a safe film. Especially when you consider his CV shows Mr Bean the TV Series and City Slickers 2 amongst his best-known work. Obviously he has seen this as his big chance to break into Hollywood and rather than do anything too daring has made sure he got the basics right. After all with this sort of film as long as you get the angles and moods of certain scenes right the rest of the film just sort of falls into place.
With a plot like this though it is a bit like making movies to numbers and there wasn't too much that Weiland could have gotten wrong. The script is pretty run of the mill stuff and despite being funny in places really isn't anything new or innovative. That leads Made of Honour to being a rather average movie that will slip into the romantic comedy genre somewhere near just about every Jennifer Aniston movie. There is nothing that really sets it apart, so while it is very enjoyable it ends up just being one of those movies you'll watch and have forgotten about 3 weeks later.
The cast all did exactly what was required of them and filled their roles very well. There were no real stand out performances but in the lead role Patrick Dempsey gave a good showing as a romantic films leading man. He seemed to play the bachelor and the loving best friend with relative ease and didn't seem to find too much trouble switching from one character type to the other. There was of course chemistry between him and Michelle Monaghan who played Hannah, but then there had to be otherwise without it the movie would have been a total flop.
Like Dempsey she puts in an assured performance but one that reminds you of almost every leading lady in this type of movie. Her performance is good but looks like it didn't really test her too much. The rest of the cast were just along for the ride and to help with the story of Tom and Hannah and its fair to say that no one really stood out above anyone else. Likewise there were no awful performances and like the rest of the movie it was all very safe and easy, which if you like your Romantic comedies will really appeal to you.
It's fair to say that overall this is a watchable film; it just isn't what I would choose to watch had I been on my own. It is a movie that girls are going to love and even features the romantic notion of a saviour on horseback, twice. As romantic comedies go it's a tried and tested formula that has been done many times before and despite interjecting a Scottish edge to it there is nothing particularly new in this movie. If you are looking for something romantic and at times funny, but aren't too bothered that you've seen it all before then Made of Honour is for you, but personally I'll be quite glad if I never have to sit through it again.
Made of Honour belongs to the school of so many other romantic comedies: it features a good cast and a decent enough premise (even if it might be a tad pat), but it succumbs to a dodgy script that never capitalises on its promising idea, resulting in a wasted idea and a squandered cast. The film is fairly notable as being the final appearance of screen legend and director Sydney Pollack, who passed away a few months after its release.
The film revolves around Tom Bailey Jr. (Patrick Dempsey), a free spirit of a man who does what he likes and goes around sleeping with women left, right and center. One day in this course he meets Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), the roommate of one woman he's trying to get with, and they remain firm friends throughout the years. Ten years later, she announces that she's getting married to Colin (Kevin McKidd), and asks that he be her "made" (male maid?) of honour, but Tom isn't sure that she really knows what's best for her, and has to find a way to convince her not to marry him and actually get with him, as he has been in love with her all along.
From the synopsis, it's of course easy to see where things go, and the film follows along this tangent in the most procedural way possible, so sadly there's nothing to take away from it that better films haven't done. It's a shame because the cast are clearly game and they're also well matched, but the script doesn't allow them to get much momentum going and so there's only so much that they can do to keep this afloat. Not offensively bad but just plain boring and disappointingly routine, there's not much to recommend here.
I am a big fan of romantic comedies which are my favourite type of film. When choosing which DVD to rent next I decided to give this a go. I had originally seen the adverts for it back when it was at the cinema but never got a chance to see it.
Made Of Honour was released in 2008 and as I previously said is a romantic comedy. The story is based around two main characters Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan). The two met back at college when Tom accidently got into bed with Hannah during a party thinking she was another girl. Hannah immediately retaliated spraying perfume in Tom's eyes. She then proceded to tell him what she really thought of him. Despite their less than perfect meeting the two had become best friends. Years later and Tom was still up to his usual tricks with the ladies, making up various rules so he never got that close to them. Hannah had a few disaterous relationships herself and the two would get together and gossip. One day it emerges that Hannah has to go to Scotland for a business trip. While she is gone Tom starts to realise how much he misses her and maybe he feels more for her than just as a friend. Unfortunately when Hannah returns she has news, she is engaged to a man she met in Scotland: Colin (Kevin Mckidd). She tells Tom that she wants him to be her maid of honour. Tom cannot think of anything worse but realises this may be the opportunity he needs to keep close to Hannah.
The story overall is quite a fun storyline. It is quite similar to the story of my best friends wedding, but the opposite way round. It isn't really deep at all and so doesn't require much thinking. It is a little unbelievable at times. For a start would Tom and Hannah really have managed that long as friends without anything happening between them if there were feelings there, I am not sure. Also Hannah manages to get engaged and a wedding organised in an extremely short space of time. I do understand though that it isn't really meant to be a realistic story and the quickness of the wedding etc to make it more dramatic and humorous. It is pretty typical in terms of what happens and you won't really be surprised by what happens in the end. Despite the story being unbelievable in parts and also pretty predictable it is an enjoyable story and it provides some good opportunities for both comedy and romance!
The comedy elements of the film were good but I wouldn't say it is one of the funniest films I have seen. I did find it quite funny when he manages to trip up the waitor twice in the restaurant. I don't normally find slap stick style comedy that funny but for some reason quite enjoyed this. I did like the fact that they didn't overdo the comedy. There were moments of it but they weren't all the way through the film so it didn't take away from the romatic elements of the story. I did find that the character that they called Tiny Shorts Guy (Kevin Sussman) who played basketball with Tom seemed like a bit of a random attempt at comedy. I didn't think his character really added anything at all.
In terms of romance it did do this fairly well. It wasn't an overly romantic slushy film that makes you cry but there were some nice moments.
I thought the acting in the film was of a generally good quality. The two main actors Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monnaghan played their characters well and believably. You could believe the good friendship they had between the characters and I think they were well cast. Some of the smaller characters such as the relatives were used more in a comedy sense. I found their acting to be not to good. I am not sure if this is because they were made to do quite silly scenes but I just didn't find them very believable.
One thing that annoyed me about this film was all the stereotypes they used about Scotland. I am sure we probably stereotype Americans but I hope they don't think all people in Scotland go round playing the bagpipes, living in castles and take part in the highland games. To be fair it wouldn't be as good a story if the person that Hannah was marrying lived in a semi deatched house in Glasgow but it did annoy me a bit.
The film is rated a 12 and is available for around £3 up now on DVD. It is 97 minutes long which I think is just the right length to keep you interested without getting bored.
Overall Made Of Honour is a fun film but not one of the best romantic comedies.
Making the most of a night on my own I decided to watch a good chick flick and this is the one which appealed to me when I was in Tesco, not just for the price but the story also sounded good.
The film is set in the present time with Tom who is a ladies man, he has rules when it comes to women. His best friend is Hannah who he met 10 years previous at college. We do actually get to see them meet at the beginning of the film. Hannah is always there for Tom and they spend their Sundays together. Their friendship takes a turn for the worst when Hannah takes a 6 week job is Scotland and falls in love.
Hannah returns to America with the news that she is getting married to Colin. Tom is shocked by this as when Hannah was away he finally realised that he is actually in love with her. Hannah asks Tom to be her maid of honour as he is her best friend. Tom reluctantly agrees to do this after seeking advise from his friends as his plan is to be the best maid of honour so that he can steel the bride for himself. Will Tom's plan work or will Hannah go ahead and marry Colin?
I was expecting quite good things from this film as I remember seeing the trailers for it when it came out at the cinema and I can honestly say that it did not disappoint at all. The storyline is very good and very cleverly put together. I did enjoy how Tom and Hannah had managed to have a platonic relationship for so long with Tom being one for the ladies. I thought that the character of Hannah was extremely good as it was quite clear that she really did love Tom but it was one way.
Tom was played by Patrick Dempsey and I thought that he did a wonderful job with the role. I can quite see how he always got the ladies as he really was easy on the eye! I loved how he had become so successful by inventing something so simple as a coffee cup holder, this was quite amusing. I loved the relationship he had with his father and thought that the pair bought a lot of humour to the film. The role of his father was a good one and I like the side story of all of his marriages. Michelle Monaghan played the role of Hannah and she too did a great job. I felt that their was a lot of nice chemistry between both of the main actors and this really did come across is a good way on screen.
There are a lot of supporting actors in this film and I thought that they all did great jobs and did manage to bring a bit of depth to the story. I did in fact feel sorry for small pants who always wanted to play Basketball with the guys but was never allowed, he was a good fun character.
The beginning of the film was supposed to have showed us 10 years before the main film when the two characters met for the first time and I did enjoy this. I thought it was a nice addition to the film and I did not expect these two people to become the best of friends after their first disastrous meeting.
The film was set in the present time so not much attention was needed to the costumes or the setting but they all looked good and well produced. The film was set in both America and Scotland and I have to say I much preferred the American setting. Don't get me wring there were some wonderful shots of the countryside in the Scotland and some amazing houses to be seen but the accents which the Scottish actors had were just a little too much for me. I am not sure if they were genuine accents or not but when next to the American accents they just sounded awful and I did at times find it very difficult to understand what they were saying.
There was some good music in this film and one of my favourites was 'walking on sunshine' as I do enjoy this song. All of the tracks were appropriate for the places in which they were used. The only song which I did not enjoy was when Colin sang to Hannah at the meal before the wedding. I just found this to be too corny!
The DVD which I have does have some bonus features which include:-
'Making of' Featurette
Three weddings and a Skyline Featurette
As I am not a fan of bonus material I have not watched these so I am not able to make comment on them.
The running time of this film is 1 hours and 37 minutes and I found this to be a great length. I thought that the story moved at a great pace throughout and I was not getting bored or loosing interest at any point. The certificate on this film is a 12 as there are some strong sex references.
I managed to get this DVD for just £3 in Tesco and I thought this was a bargain for such a great film. I am definitely going to recommend this as it has a great storyline, great acting and Patrick Dempsey is very easy on the eye!
Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) have been friends since college. Ever since Tom accidentally got into bed with Hannah thinking she was her roommate. Strange circumstances for becoming best friends I hear you say, but hey, it works. Ten years later and the pair are inseparable - they do everything together.
Tom however is quite the womaniser and has strict rules about dating. He gets to sleep with whoever he wants with no commitment and then has Hannah as the female friend in his life. One of the only things in his life as it happens, as Tom happens to be a very rich millionaire who doesn't have to work. He invented the coffe collar for Starbucks don't you know. So when Hannah has to go to Scotland for 6 weeks, meets a handsome man and gets engaged, he should be happy right? Wrong. He's been lonely and missing her for 6 weeks and realises that perhaps she is the girl of his dreams after all. After being nominated as her 'maid of honour', Tom is determined to win Hannah against all odds.
Nothing new here but it doesn't matter. Patrick Dempsey is slightly older than most of the male leads in these sorts of films and it makes a change to have a more mature guy. It's kind of more believable. The pair have been in each other's lives and best friends for ten years so it's completely understandable how the pair realise they are in love with one another. Usually, after a few dates in romcoms it's love. Here, it's more realistic. Patrick not only has age on his side but also his looks. He plays the charmer well and here as the guy who manages to pick girls up with one look in Starbucks, you can see how he does it.
Michelle Monnaghan is also great in this. She stood out as the romantic interest of Tom Cruise in MI:3 and she stands out here as well. She is a strong actress who can hold her own and delivers her lines perfectly every time. She's not wishy washy and without putting down other romcom actresses, she actually seems like a proper actress. One who could play quite different roles and really stretch herself.
The two of them have great chemistry on screen also. You feel Tom's pain as he can't find the courage to tell her how he feels. Haven't we all been there? And you feel for Hannah as she prepares to 'settle' and walk down the aisle with a good man who'll take care of her, but not necessarily the man that she loves. The supporting cast including Sydney Pollack as Tom's womanising father give some great performances here too.
The film is funny, and romantic and 'feel good'. Yes it's the age old question of 'can a man and woman really just be friends' but really that's the underlying theme in most romantic films. With a great cast and some great laughs this is a film I would highly recommend.
I saw the trailer for this film and new immediately that i wanted to see it. I went to watch it in the cinema with two friends and we all loved it! It's funny, heartwarming and just makes you feel happy inside. There have been many films about how men and women can never be just friends, especially if they are best friends. The story is about two best friends (Tom and Hannah). They know everything about each other and are so n synch with each other but they've never really thought of each other as any thing more than friends. Then Hannah get engaged and regardless of how many and how beautiful all the women Tom dates he finds that no one will ever be as perfect for him as Hannah. It's a story of realisation, courage and not giving up. As her maid of honor he tries to be the bigger person but somehow just can't seem to manage to just be happy for her as he tries to win her over. But will he succeed? You'll have to watch the film! Patrick Dempsey does an amazing job as Tom. He's sexy, sophisticated, enticing, witty, caring, romantic and just absolutely gorgeous so even if you don't enjoy the film you will enjoy his performance. He makes you wish all male friends were like him and makes you question how your best friend isn't like him. It's such a cute, light and highly enjoyable romantic comedy that will make you laugh and cry.
Made of Honour is your typical romantic comedy that you can pause after about 30 seconds and guess exactly what's gonna happen at the end of the film. True, you can probably say this about most films in this genre, but at least they'll have some laughs and interesting plot twists along the way... these are 2 things that Made of Honour is lacking.
What's it about?
Thomas and Hannah have been best friends since they met at University. Tom is somewhat of a playboy, having a different girl on his arm almost every day and living by his own set of woman-rules... don't call them within 24 hours, don't date 2 nights in a row, never take a date to a family event, etc.
When Hannah spends 6 weeks in Scotland, Tom realises how much he misses her and that she's the one he wants to be with. However, upon her return to New York she announces that she's engaged (didn't see that one coming).
Tom is appointed as Maid of Honour (chief bridesmaid) but decides to use his position to try to split the new couple up and get the girl of his dreams.
Who's in it?
The lead roles are taken by Patrick Dempsey (also in Grey's Anatomy) and Michelle Monaghan (The Heartbreak Kid, Mission Impossible 3), neither of whom I've seen in movies before and neither of whom came across particularly well within this film. Dempsey was wooden, not charming and I lost any sympathy for him, hoping in the end that he didn't get the girl. Monaghan's performance was slightly better although I didn't warm to either of the actors and wouldn't go out of my way to see either of them again.
Is it any good?
All rom-coms are fairly predictable, but this one is more so than most. The plot "twists" are very see-through and most of the jokes just aren't funny, having to rely on people bumping into each other rather than any real scripted comedy. The one exception being when Tom meets the other bridesmaids and there's some jealous insults thrown around. It's worth a watch if there's nothing else on, but there are much better romantic comedies out there - 50 First Dates and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days are much better than this.
Where can I see it?
made of Honor is currently showing on Sky Movies Comedy. The DVD can be purchased for less than £4 from Play.com and Amazon.
I know this is the dvd sections, but I watched this on Sky Movies the other night, so cannot review the Dvd content. I didn't record this, and had no intention of watching this. I found it on Sky Anytime. I was a bit bored and had half an hour free and there wasn't anything on the tv or anything in my Sky Planner, so I started to watch this and then watched the rest of it laster on. I will not watch it again, as it bored me!
So what's the film about? The film starts in 1998 and we see what looks like a college party. Loads of kids hanging about, loads of drinking going on, and dorms upstairs where people could slip away to. Tom is a bit of a player. He seems to have a different girl every night, and even has rules about not seeing the same girl 2 days in a row and other male stereotypical rules like that. I didn't find Tom that eye catching to be honest, and thought they could have picked someone a bit more handsome looking if he was meant to be all that! He goes upstairs and gets into bed with a woman, but it ends up the wrong woman. Hannah is already in the bed and she gives him a right ear bashing. He then tries to com onto her, even though he was trying to get with her room mate, who is totally drunk. Hannah calls him what for and says that she would never get used the way he uses woman and she is not interested in his kind. He still keeps trying his luck, but she won't have any of it!
Flash forward 10 years and amazinlg enough Tom and Hannah are best friends. They've never been with each other, and god knows how they got to be such good friends, but they seem to enjoy each others company. We see a little flicker of hope from Hannah when they are at Tom's Dad's 6th wedding. Tom and Hannah are dancing to try and put Tom's stalker off - she writes a blog about him. Tom says they are together and psycho Blog girl takes the hump and leaves the party. We see Hannah's face and see she may like to be involved with Tom, but he doesn't see this, and after all him and Hannah are great friends. Tom likes the Batchellor life anyway with a different girl all the time, so it's not as if he would be interested in a commiteded relationship ...... would he?
Hannah goes away on a work trip to Scotland and it is when she is away that Tom realises he has feeling for her. Although he misses her as a friend, it is now he thinks they could be good as a couple and he intends to tell her this when she gets back from Scotland.
That was the plan anyway, but she comes back after 6 weeks in Scotland engaged to be married to a stranger she met there. It was love at first sight, and the wedding is getting planned straight away.
Hannah wants Tom to be a part of the wedding since he is her best friend, so she appoints him to be her Maid Of Honor. This is pretty ridiculous in the first place, as we see Tom struggling with all the girlie thing he has to arrange for the wedding. Also he doesn't get on with 1 of Hannah's bridesmaids as he slept with her and then messed her about.
This film was just a bit too predictable and a bit of a copy from My Best Friend's Wedding, and that wasn't so good either! I think Tom looks old and pretty ugly, although others seem to fit the bill a bit more. There was a bit too much un necessary swearing and crude language in here, with no context to back the use up in my view. After all this is a 12 certificate and I know kids have heard it all before these days, but it was like they were just swearing for the sake of swearing.
I've managed to watch this all and that's 90 minutes of my life I will never get back. By all means catch it yourself if you see it on tv, but I won't watch this again, or buy it.
Not my scene
Is he made of Honour?
That is the question we are asked in the 2008 movie, Made of Honour. As you can probably guess by the title, it's a wedding themed movie and also a play on words as the real spelling should be maid of honour, but this story is somewhat different.
Tom and Hannah have been friends, best friends for 10 years, even since they met at Cornell University in New York. Tom accidently jumps into her bed but, even though he is a bit of a heart throb at uni she is having none of his charms and fatly refuses him. He respects this because I think every other women he has met just falls for his charms but has no substance about her. Tom has a bit of a reputation as a ladies man but with Hannah it's different. They have a real connection, they have regular standing coffee and cake dates and can actually talk about feelings etc.
Hannah seems to have a little bit of a crush on Tom though but knows he will never really change. Tom seems to believe that Hannah is fine with their relationship the way it is and afterall, that is the way he likes it too. When Hannah goes to Scotland for work Tom finally realises she's the one and misses her like he's never missed anyone beofre. Imagine his horror then when Hannah comes back with more baggage than she left with, ........ a finance, and the wedding is in two weeks. As they have been friends for ages Hannah goes against tradition and asks Tom to be her maid of honour much to the horror of her best friend (and Tom's ex conquest) who always thought the position would be hers.
The maid of honour role leads to some funny scenes which you will find funny if you have ever been involved in weddings or wedding planning.
The rest of the movie then involves Tom trying to win over Hannah and convince her to marry him instead and not the Scot.
Ok, yes, this was your typcial chick flick. Tom is played by McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey who pretty much plays this similar role in everything he does although he has a bit of an edge in this movie. He plays it quite well and it quite good looking so it is quite believable that he is a bit of a heart throb. Hannah is played by Michelle Monaghan who is also good and plays her character well. The thing I liked about this chick flick though is that it did have a bit of a different element to it. Sometimes I find that chick flicks just follow the traditional, meet, hate, like, breakup, make up formula but this was interesting in that the second part of the film saw the cast go over to Scotland for the wedding preparations. There were some really funny scenes where they all had to take part in some Scottish traditions and Highland Games which gave the film something new and fresh in my opinion. Also, there were some beautiful scenery shots that would make anyone fall in love with Scotland.
I will not ruin the end of the film but I was pleased with the way it ended and would recommend this film for a light, uncomplicated film to watch.