“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Griffin Dunne / Actors: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Isabella Rossellini, Sam Shepard, Uma Thurman, Justina Machado ... / DVD released 2009-02-02 at Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Dr Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) appears to have it all. Good looking, lovely fiancee Richard (Colin Firth) who also acts as her publisher, she is organised and hosts a radio show offering advice to women in the main about love and has just released a book all about the subject too and is pretty well known.
However unwittingly on her show one night she takes a phone call in the phone in section of her radio show from a young woman wanting advice about her relationship and her impending marriage and it ends up with Emma putting doubt into the callers mind as to weather getting married is right for her and her wedding is called off leaving her finance very distressed and upset indeed.
Patrick turns out to be the spurned now ex lover (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and he ends up finding out that its Emma who offered the advice to his now ex finance and takes on a hatred for Emma and wants to punish her and with a little help from a young internet hacker marries Emma through online documents which then means Emma finds out about it due to her impending marriage to Richard and she needs to find this mystery man to get him to sign divorce papers so she can marry the man of her dreams......Richard?
Patrick is the complete opposite to Emma and as a firefighter is a bit rough around the edges and at first each of the pair find the other one rather annoying but they keep bumping into eachother due to the confusion about the marriage (well Emma's anyway!) and over time they get to know eachother and like eachother and get a growing affection. Is Emma marrying the right man or she married to the right one already is the big issue or can she just get divorced and go it alone??!
I am not the worlds biggest fan of rom coms I have to admit but just fancied watching this one due to the cast being Uma and Colin and I have to admit to rather enjoying this 90 minute film rather alot. The cast were great, the plot far fetched and the ending.....well totally predictable in the way it panned out with a nice little ending that rounded the film off nicely for me. It didn't drag, was amusing in part and kept me entertained and although this isn't a thought provoking film or one I would watch time and time again I enjoyed it well enough. It was nice to see an older and more mature cast looking at love and relationships and the film did try to delve into why Uma was the way she was and had the ideas of love she held and gave the advice she did by bringing in her father, Wilder (Sam Shepard) but whilst again he was another strong and z good member of the cast it didn't make all that much of an impact really an the the love triangle there was that did do all the work.
For me its a nice little film with a nice ending and a perfect rating of 12 is given to this pretty unoffensive film!
Available on Amazon from as little as a penny for a very good and used copy (plus p+p of £1.26 which is what I paid for it) or a new copy is about £4.65 including p+p.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
DR Emma Lloyd is a professional in love and relationships, she hosts a radio show which is listened to by almost every woman in New York. Patrick Sullivan is a fire man who is due to get married in a few days but his fiancé is having doubts so she calls Dr Emma and she tells her to call of the wedding, as you can imagine Patrick is heartbroken.
Patrick sees a way of getting his revenge on Dr Emma when his young friend who is an expert computer hacker manages to get into the marriage registry and marries Patrick and Emma. Emma and her fiancé now face the shock of trying to get their wedding licence only to find Emma is already married.
Emma now has to set off and find her new husband so she can get him to sign annulment papers but this does not go smoothly and all sorts of obstacles get in her way. Will Emma be able to get the annulment so she can marry Richard or will Patrick have other plans?
I did not have high hopes for this film as the previous reviews have not been to kind on it and only really watched it as there was no others films on at the time but I have to say it was slightly better than was expecting. The storyline was good but a bit farfetched at times, as if we are to believe someone could be married by the click of a button, but if you watch with the mind set of it being slightly daft and untrue then you will get past these small glitches in the story and might enjoy it.
The acting was good, Uma Thurman played the role of Dr Emma and although she was slightly wooden at times I though overall she did a decent job. I found her to be very up herself and loved to see her being brought down a few pegs and have the worry of her job and new book publicity to think of. She was easy to understand and I could see from what we learnt about her relationship with her father why she was draw to Richard and that type of man. The role of Patrick was played by Jeffery Dean Morgan and I have to say although he did look quite familiar I cannot think of anything else I might have seen him in. He for me was the best actor in the film. I liked the character and really managed to warm to him and got a good understanding of why he acted and did the things he did without feeling guilty. I did find the on screen partnership between these two characters was quite strained and did not seem natural, there was no real spark and they did not bounce of each other like I would have expected them to.
The smaller role of Richard was played by Colin Firth and I have to say I was slightly disappointed by this character. I expected him to be a lot stronger and not be portrayed as a silly bumbling English man, we have Hugh Grant to play these roles. He seemed to be in Emma's shadow and I would have liked him to stand up for himself more and give his lines with a lot of meaning and strength. We did have a wide variety of supporting actors and actresses in the film and they were all very different. I loved the addition of the Asian family to the cast as they were more of a family to Patrick's character and they did bring some humour to the film.
There were a few laughs in this film but not enough to class this as a comedy. I did not laugh out loud at any point but a few times I had a small giggle. These were mainly from what Patrick did to Emma and also one of the Asian men had a good fun character when we got to see him and he was very outspoken and I did enjoy this.
The film is set in the present day in America so not much effort was needed with the costumes or the sets. They were all good and looked authentic. The work which went into the Asian party was very good and I loved seeing how they all dressed up and decorated hands and for me this was educational as well as brining a breath of fresh air to the film. There were no special effects in the film which I could see and none were really needed. The soundtrack for me was very average and a lot more could have been done with it. I cannot now remember a single track which was used throughout the film but I do remember thinking at the time of watching that it was all suitable for the parts which it was used.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 90 minutes and this for me was quite long enough and the certificate is a 12A. I do agree with this rate. The DVD can be bought for around the £5 price on Amazon but I would not recommend paying for tit, rent or borrow or wait for it to be shown on the TV.
Overall I am going to give this film 3 stars as it was slightly better than I had expected but it was quite daft and predictable. The acting from some could have been better but this does make for a very easy watch when you don't want to concentrate too much on a film.
The Accidental Husband is a rather poor film that, despite starring such talented actors as Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini, just can't get the comedy going thanks to a dire script. Actors like these deserve far better, and thus it's no surprise that the film currently sits at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and was panned by both American and English critics.
The film's protagonist is a nice New York firefighter Patrick Sullivan (Morgan), who is looking forward to getting married to his lovely fiance, Sophia (Justina Machado), until she is told by a love-advice DJ named Dr. Emma Lloyd (Thurman), who urges her to usurp her notions of romantic love and start over. However, Patrick plans his own revenge: he lets his Indian computer whizz neighbour hack the marriange record system so that it says Patrick is married to Emma, who is herself getting ready to marry her perfect match, Richard (Firth). From here he forces a confrontation, but things take a strange turn when they actually begin to take a liking to one another.
This is one cynical, ridiculous, abhorrent, and incredibly mean-spirited comedy that is really lacking in flavour and more importantly, just doesn't make the best of a concept that is admittedly already straining believability and nearly bursting at the seams. There's little in way of chemistry or good acting here to salvage this sinking ship of a picture, and by the half way point, it's clear that this is largely a lost cause. The script makes this film truly fail, though, past a point of narrative no-return that not even its talented cast members can retrieve it from. Dross.
Dr. Emma Lloyd is a popular New York radio DJ, whose practical love advice is listened to and loved by women everywhere! Off-air, her own love life is running smoothly with Emma planning her wedding to her dependable fiancé Richard. That is until she makes the shocking discovery that she's already married... To someone else!
With her life in crisis Emma sets out to track down her mystery man - in order to annul the marriage. However as events unfold, she discovers that following her own advice is a lot more difficult than she anticipated!
Patrick Sullivan is a New York fire fighter, he's been dating his girlfriend Sophia fr 5 months and is planning to marry.... that is until Sophia calls Dr Emma Lloyds, Real Love phon in showand ells the doctor of her doubts and cold feet. Emma advises Sophia to call the wedding and the reletionship off and Patrick is gutted.
Meanwhile Dr Emma Lloyd's life seems to be going swimmingly, her new book is about to be launched and she's planning her own nuptuals to the dependable but boring Richard.
Patrick feels increasingly bitter towards emma, especially after reading media reports on her upcoming wedding, he thinks he could teach her about real love and bring her down a peg or two. His young friend and adept hacker, A.J then comes up with a plan , he hacks into the City records department and creates a record of marriage for Dr emma Lloyd to Patrick Sullivan.
On discovering she is married to man she has never met Emma assumes it to be a computer glich and goes to track Patrick down to get an annnulment, it's the perfect chance for Patrick to reek his revenge but fate had other ideas.
Dr. Emma Lloyd - Uma Thurman (My Super Ex-girlfriend)
Patrick Sullivan - Jeffery Dean Morgan (Watchmen)
Richard Bratton - Colin Firth (Mamma Mia)
Wilder Lloyd - Sam Shepard (The Notebook)
Greta Bollenbecker - Isabella Rossellini (The Architect)
Griffin Dunne - Practical Magic
For some reason I thought this film was going to be about a woman who got drunk and married someone she'd only just met and then forgot all about it. That would've at least been more believable than the storyline here.
I do believe that this film is supposed to be a romcom but there isn't actually many laughs at all here in fact I found the whole movie quite dull.
Consideriing what a good cast the film has the acting isn't that great with the best performances coming from Jeffery Dean Morgan as Patrick and Sam Shepard as Wilder (Emma's dad). The characters aren't even likeable I found it hard to warm to Emma even when the character began to soften up.
As with most romcoms the ending is predictable but maybe in this film more so than usual or maybe it's just that because I had found the movie so dull, in the end I really didn't care what happened to the characters.
Jeffery Dean Morgan kind of redeems the film but only slighty and not enough for me to recommend it.
Running Time: 90 mins
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Director: Griffin Dunne
Writers: Mimi Hare & Clare Naylor
Genre: Comedy - Romance
DVD Release: 2nd February, 2009[UK]
Uma Thurman [Dr. Emma Lloyd]
Jeffrey Dean Morgan [Patrick Sullivan]
Colin Firth [Richard Bratton]
Sam Shepard [Wilder Lloyd]
Dr. Emma Lloyd is a no-nonsense New York radio DJ who dishes out 'relationship' advice that is somewhat heartless and cold - advice that her growing audience seems to love.
When Emma irresponsibly advises a female caller to re-think her relationship with her fiancé whom she is about to marry, she inadvertently makes an enemy out of the jilted fiancé who holds her personally responsible for having destroyed his life.
When the jilted fiancé, Patrick Sullivan, is given the opportunity to wreak vengeance on the woman who destroyed his relationship and his life, he seizes the opportunity in order to destroy the radio DJ's life. With the assistance of an extremely likeable and clever teen hacker, Patrick will soon find himself married to... the enemy... but that's okay, because he doesn't intend for the 'marriage' to last longer than the time it takes to get even.
'The Accidental Husband', although the masses have given it a relatively poor feedback rating, is an extremely entertaining movie that possesses a 'feel good' atmosphere that is highly infectious.
Although Uma Thurman isn't your usual rom/com star, she was perfect for the role of Dr. Emma Lloyd. The character outline called for someone who, although possessing a quirky nature, was devoid of the usual blond dizziness - after all, she's supposed to be an expert in relationships who has earned a doctorate. Yes, she's blond, she's somewhat naïve, but she isn't a pushover. She's tough, unwavering in her beliefs, and although she's got a quirky streak to her that is childlike and endearing, she remains an extremely intelligent woman whose wisdom is never questioned... more is it her beliefs that are questionable.
As Uma Thurman's romantic 'counterpart', Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays hunky fireman Patrick Sullivan, has managed to come across as the nice guy with a grudge. There's a lot to like about Patrick - although he's Emma's exact opposite and the type of man she considers to be the perfect Mr. Wrong , the two are well-matched and there's a good amount of chemistry. Although, at first, Colin Firth [who plays Emma's fiancé Richard Bratton] seems more her type and they are a suitably matched couple, when Patrick steps in he does more than just take up camera space - yes, he is Emma's exact opposite, yes, Richard appears a far more suitable choice for her, but Patrick isn't easily discounted as husband material... he's got oodles of charm and charisma too, just like sexy Brit Richard, but his is more down-to-earth and laidback.
It takes a while for the viewer to accept Patrick as a viable partner to Emma's highly intelligent and classy personality, but whatever wrinkles show up when the two are ultimately thrown together are cleverly ironed out by a script that calls more for romance than vengeance. Patrick is out to get even, but not to the extent that he will ever cause her harm... in fact, his vengeance is meant to be short and sweet, not prolonged and nasty. This works out well for a character who doesn't possess a nasty bone in his body... anything other than kindness from his part would have been off-putting. Nice work on the part of the writers who managed to inject a goodly dose of integrity into the main character and allowed him to hold on to it.
The same can be said about Colin Firth's character. Richard Bratton is the British fiancé who far from being cold and aloof, is genuinely in love with Emma. He isn't out to use her... he is honest, reliable, romantic and will make the perfect husband. Even after Patrick has stepped into the picture and carved out a space for himself in the viewer's heart does Richard remain a likeable and steadfast character - often in movies like this one of the characters is made to look bad in order to make another look good... this is meant to increase the viewer's sympathy towards the character who will eventually win the woman's heart. That doesn't happen in this movie... the characters vying for Emma's heart are both genuinely likable and suitable as Emma's husband... the ending could go either way with the same result... one of them will be rejected.
The answer is sooooo obvious... after all, this is a rom/com... but that doesn't matter because the story is extremely good, the dialogue is fantastic, and although there are more than a few laugh aloud moments, the comedy aspect is never milked or forced... it just happens. The characters are never made to look like idiots, and that's an added bonus.
I really enjoyed this movie, and so did my husband. It isn't a silly chic flick - there's a depth and substance to the male characters that is genuine and realistic, and the script wasn't written from a woman's perspective regardless that it was written by two women. There is plenty of focus on the men in this movie, and the viewer is often made to see things from their perspective.
A highly entertaining 'feel good' movie... so what are you waiting for, pass the popcorn.
Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) has a successful career of telling people how to make relationships work. She does this on her radio talk show and is about to release a self help book. She is in a steady and loving relationship with her husband-to-be, a conventional man who is very similar to herself. While planning her wedding she discovers that she is already married and worst still to a man she has never even met before! This result of a prank gone wrong leaves emma very confused and with her wedding in jepoardy she must find this man and obtain an annulment. Emma finds the man, Patrick a charming and hunky fireman, who turns out to be the prankster but finds himself unable to tell her the truth so goes along with emma pretending to be as confused as her. The two are so different that at first they have a problem of personality clashing. Will they both be glad to get an annulment or after spending time together will their feelings towards each other change? A funny film that has a great story line and a good cast.
Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) works as a talk radio host, specialising in advising women about love, men and relationships in general. She is engaged to Richard Bratton (Colin Firth), a good, straight-laced, dependable, 'safe' kind of man.
One day, Emma advises a woman on air to effectively ditch her husband-to-be before the wedding. As payback, this jilted groom, Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), gets his neighbour's teenage son to hack into the registry system in America and establishes this Emma Lloyd as his wife and thereby prevents Emma and Richard from getting married. Hence, Emma seeks out Patrick and yes, the rest I am sure you can guess...
What can I say? The acting was fine, and the plot was predictable. The characters were pretty stereotypical: Colin's character was the safe bet, but Uma's character would never be truly happy because he wasn't exciting. Patrick character had a hint of danger, which would keep the excitement in the relationship.
It's watchable, but I wouldn't rush out to see it again. I found myself getting frustrated everytime Uma came on screen and I just kept feeling that the movie was meant to have some sort of meaningful message behind it. If it did, it fell flat. The good romantic comedies always have chemistry and likeability. I couldn't feel any chemistry between the characters, and as I said, I couldn't wait for Uma to leave the shot.
Okay, I really wasn't a willing participant when I watched this film. I had recently just come to like Jeffery Dean Morgan who seems to be in every TV show that I watch at the moment; however I was really put off by the lead actress in the film, who in my opinion has the same acting talent that my little finger has.
The film was better than I expected, well, it did not send me to sleep (added plus), it didn't make me turn it off (extra added plus) and I didn't start throwing things at the TV in anger. So all in all, the film was good.
Thurman plays New York radio love doctor Emma Lloyd, engaged to be married to her publicist Richard (Colin Firth) and also about to launch her book whilst dispensing advice on all matters of the heart. Unfortunately for fire fighter Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), she manages to convince his girlfriend to call off their wedding. Seeking revenge for having his heart broken, Patrick hacks into the State department and registers himself as being married to Emma (as you do!), throwing her whole life out of sync. But as the prank backfires, Patrick and Emma forget their initial dislike of the other and are forced to confront the growing attraction between them.
Uma Thurman- Dr Emma Lloyd
Jeffrey Dean Morgan- Patrick Sullivan
Colin Firth- Richard Bratton
Justina Machado- Sofia
The film is a typical rom com, totally predictable, but a nice kind of predictable. The acting was dreadful, but I'll talk about that below. I did only watch this film for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who despite being older than my mother, does have a slight charm about him, especially in this film.
It's nice to see a film written by women, but the director's chair was taken by Griffin Dunne who I had no idea of who he was before writing this review.
I was reading a blog the other day, about romantic comedies and the fact that they always end up with one person chasing the other person and this film is no different. I was happy to read that the blog had included one of my most favourite movies (10 Things I Hate About You) which did not include a lovers chase scene which seems to be in every damn romantic comedy.
The film is not worth the £1.99 that I paid to rent it out to be honest, but if you can get to watch it for free then you might actually enjoy it.
Okay, the cast wasn't great. I always usually stick away from Colin Firth playing an Englishman in an American film as he ALWAYS sounds even more poncier than he actually is and it just makes American's believe we are even more like that.
I did watch this for the charming Jeffrey Dean Morgan and he didn't disappoint, he was the best actor in the film by far, however Uma Thurman deserves to be smacked, omg is she a bad actress. I have never ever been a fan of this actress, but this film made my hatred of her even more cemented. I've never known an actor, well except Colin Firth, pick so many bad roles and then not make them at least memorable, unlike Colin Firth. He was alright in the film, but sounded like a right ponce and his performance could have been done by anyone.
Not really worth the £2 that you'd pay to rent it, it is alright, it's not the worst romantic comedy that I've ever watched however at the same time, it was pretty bad and way too predictable.
Price: 8.49 (so not worth it)
Finding myself at work again in the library on Saturday morning left me with a pile of returned DVDs to security check and shelve. This is fun for me because I like to find new things to watch and one such thing was The Accidental Husband starring Uma Thurman which looked like it was worth a watch. It seemed like a light-hearted romantic comedy, probably my favourite genre and I liked the look of the cast as well so off home it came with me. I watched it the other day while spring cleaning my sitting room and I must say, I was left disappointed.
Dr Emma Lloyd presents a popular radio show which offers advice on all things to do with love to her callers. However, her life changes majorly after a fateful telephone call from a listener ends in a called-off marriage, but the jilted fiancé is listening to her show and Emma's advice. He decides to exact revenge by ruining Emma's love life by becoming her "accidental husband", annoying her fiancé Richard by refusing to sign divorce papers and generally get on Emma's nerves. But neither of them counts of what is coming next.
I must agree that the plot of this is totally ridiculous and doesn't make much sense, but things are all revealed as you watch. In fact, the pivotal moment of the film happens within the first ten minutes and its the rest of the story after the main event which follows. I couldn't see how this would work and the way they did come to the crux of the problem was somewhat ridiculous, and I don't know how they ever thought that this could work. Also, this film is marketed as a rom-com but I must say I didn't laugh out loud once, and therefore for me, it immediately felt sour.
I thought that perhaps the cast could save it for me, but they didn't because they just weren't that great either. Uma Thurman is a brilliant actress and I have loved her in a lot of films, especially the Kill Bill ones but she just didn't work in the part of Emma Lloyd for me at all. She was a bit wooden, and the worst part was the lack of chemistry between her and Colin Firth as Richard. In fact, it was actually quite painful to watch at times, there was no connection between them at all and they weren't believe as a couple in any way, shape or form. I didn't feel Firth put in that great of a performance either, certainly not compared to his past ones in other rom-coms. The only actor I thought was okay was Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the jilted fiancé Patrick. He seemed to put a lot of heart into his role, and was the most believable out of the main actors.
Judging by the calibre of actors in the film, I thought that they would be able to save it from being a complete disaster. But because they just weren't convincing in their roles, it didn't work in that respect either and I just found myself not enjoying the film at all. It seemed to stumble along with no real aim to it, a completely obvious ending that you could pretty much guess before you've even seen one second of this diabolic shambles of a Hollywood movie. It was pretty dreary, with the character of Emma Lloyd preaching about love although its clear she has no idea about her own relationships. Consequently, I didn't like her character and couldn't care about her, which wasn't good considering she was the main lead and in almost every scene.
I also found myself very bothered by the direction the film took. It didn't seem obvious why certain things happened, one minute she was all lovey dovey with Richard and the next with Patrick and looking miserable as sin. It seemed they were trying to chop and change the scenes as quickly as possible to get to a ending, however rubbish, hurried and silly it might seem, and it really did seem like they weren't all that bothered about the quality of this film, or indeed its likeability. I really did not like this film at all, and just cannot recommend it to anyone, whether they are a fan of rom-coms or not. It wasn't fun to watch, it wasn't funny, the cast were poor in their roles for the most part, and it was just pants. Disappointing, and one to avoid.
Directed by Griffin Dunne.
Written by Mimi Hare and Clare Naylor
Running Time: 90 minutes / Certificate: 12A
Uma Thurman ... Dr. Emma Lloyd
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Patrick Sullivan
Colin Firth ... Richard Bratton
Sam Shepard ... Wilder Lloyd
Lindsay Sloane ... Marcy
Justina Machado ... Sofia
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Anyone who has read my reviews will know that I am a sucker for a good Romantic Comedy. In fact even a bad one can be enjoyed on some level especially if it stars someone as stunning as Uma Thurman.
Sadly Accidental Husband has to be close on the worst Rom Com ever made. Mainly because the chemistry between Thurman and Colin Firth and Thurman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is at the same level as my attempts at chemistry at school... ie non-existent. When the leads seem to have no palpable sense of getting on (on screen wise) then trying to believe they are in love in just fantasy.
The storylines in Rom Coms are always a little bit out of the ordinary. The search for true love often takes the main characters into situations they are not comfortable with, challenging them to be different and not stick to what they know and are used to. This is one of the 'laws' of Rom Coms and is, I think, why people love them so much.
With Accidental Husband though not only can the story not stand up any kind of close examination you also just don't feel that there is the remotest possibility of what you know is going to happen actually ever being likely in real life. The aforementioned lack of chemistry has a lot to do with it but the storyline is the main reason.
Dr. Emma Lloyd (Thurman) is a radio talk show host/agony aunt. She is enormously popular and doles out advice on relationships and men that it seems every single woman in New York listens to, if not relies upon!
One show a woman phones in and asks the good doctor for some advice on her forthcoming marriage. The advice given leads to her now jilted fiancé Patrick (Morgan) planning his revenge on the woman he sees as the cause of his being dumped. Not satisfied with any normal brand of revenge he comes up with a crazy idea. He gets one of his friends to hack into the council's computers and 'marry' Patrick and Emma, at least on paper.
With Emma's own marriage to Richard (Colin Firth) soon to take place it is only when the two of them go to apply for a wedding licence that Dr Lloyd's previous 'marriage' is discovered.
As the 'fake' marriage is actually legal, the paperwork proves it, Dr Lloyd has only one choice and that is to track down the man who seems to be her 'husband'.
When she finds him though what will she think of the care free, devil may care fireman when she compares him to her staid and dependable fiancé?
As you can see it is pretty standard Rom-Com fare, the normal plot with the usual little vagaries to make it a little bit different from the others in the genre.
I was actually bored by most of this, I can remember laughing a couple of times but not what actually made me laugh. It is just awful and there wasn't a single level on which it worked.
I do like Romantic Comedies, they are pretty close to being my favourite genre, but this one fails on so many levels. Right from the start trying to believe that all it takes is a little bit of hacking to create a legal marriage. Surely there must be some sort of paperwork involved, something that backs up a document on a computer?
The other big problem, and yes we are back to the chemistry thing again, is that you really cannot see any way in the world that Lloyd would be interested in Patrick in the slightest. Yes opposites do attract but there has to be something that keeps them stuck together, and if you cant feel the characters believe that then how can you?
Seeing as the major point of the movie is the dilemma between Lloyd and the two men she must choose between when you cant believe she would like Patrick it means that the film crashes and burns very quickly. This is a shame because the cast is pretty good and with a good script it could have made a very good rom-com. With the script that they do have though Thurman and Firth are pretty much lost, almost as if they gave up once they got to the set and realised how bad it was going to be.
Morgan though does manage to make the best of a bad job. He is funny and pulls of the man's man fireman part very well. If he had even a smidgeon of chemistry with Thurman the movie could have been saved, but one good performance cannot save a film... and this time is really doesn't!
The Accidental Husband was released in 2008 and was directed by Griffin Dunne. The film is basically a typical American romantic comedy that follows the love triangle story between New York fire fighter Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Dr Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) and Richard (Colin Firth). I am a fan of all these actors, especially Colin Firth and was looking forward to seeing an American romcom with a bit of English sparkle to it!
Dr Emma is a counsellor who has her own radio show where she take listeners calls and offers them relationship advice. Patricks fiancé phones the show and Emma advises her to call of the wedding which she duly does, leaving Patrick distraught and with no explanation other than what he heard on the radio! Patrick sets out to get revenge on Emma, who is about to get married herself to Englishman Richard. Patrick's neighbour hacks into the government database and fakes a marriage certificate between Patrick and Emma, meaning she cannot marry again! When Emma finds out about this so called marriage she tracks Patrick down and demands an explanation as to why she is apparently married to a man she has never met! She demands that he signs the annulment papers so she can marry her fiancé Richard.
This is basically all there is to the film and whilst it is a pleasant enough film to watch there isn't really a very strong plot. Many films have smaller plots running through them but apart from the small stories involving the Indian family that Patrick lives with there really isn't anything else. There seemed to be efforts to start other stories in the film such as the relationship between Emma and her father but these didn't really amount to anything.
The acting is very average really and somewhat cheesy in places. Colin Firth was brilliant as usual but I couldn't help feeling slightly embarrassed for him in this film as I think he is worth a lot more! I couldn't really fault the acting of Uma but I just found this a very strange casting for her and I don't think the character really suited her. Uma is a fantastic actress and I feel she has really let herself down by playing a part as poor as this.
The plot itself was very predictable, I won't give the ending away but within the first ten minutes of the film you can pretty much figure it out for yourself! There seemed to be directing issues with the film and continuity problems as well. I am not always the most observant of film watchers, especially if I have a glass of wine in hand but I even I managed to spot some of the mistakes!
Overall I must confess that despite its flaws I did quite enjoy watching the film and it made a pleasant change after a long week at work not to have to think too hard about the plot and characters! It is not a bad romcom but when compared to other classics such as PS I Love You it really falls by the wayside.
My other half was away last night. I've not been well and just wanted to sit in front of the TV and feel sorry for myself. Why is it that on cold winter evenings there is never anything on the TV to watch? I had to turn out and fetch my son from Rugby practise so stopped at Blockbusters on the way. The one advantage of my hubby not being around was that I could choose a rom com. I didn't have to choose something with any violence in it!
As I said earlier I'm not feeling 100% so I didn't hang around - I saw the name Colin Firth - realised I'd not seen the film and headed to the till. You probably don't know but I rather like Colin! Sad I know, but there is a reason. Many years ago when I was a student, I had tea (as in a cup of tea) with him in the student union. His mum was one of my college lecturers and he came to talk to us about something - I can't remember what! Suffice to say from that moment on I have had to watch all films starring Colin Firth - even if they were rubbish!
The film I pulled off the shelf last night was 'The Accidental Husband'. I knew that it was a light Rom Com - you could tell by the cover of the DVD, but that was what I wanted, something that required no brainpower!
I have to begin by saying that I am no film critic. I have read some fantastic film reviews on Dooyoo and this one will most definitely live up to their quality, so I apologise in advance.
Dr Emma Lloyd - Uma Thurman
Richard Bratton - Colin Firth
Patrick Sullivan - Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Lindsay Sloane - Marcay
Sam Shepard - Wilder (Emma's Dad)
Isabella Rossellini - Mrs Bollenbecker
Keir Dullea - Karl Bollenbecker
Directed by - Griffin Dune
Run Time - 86 mins.
Certificate - 12
DVD - £10.99 (Amazon)
Dr Emma Lloyd is a relationships guru. She has a hit radio chat show where she shares her sensible, mature and responsible approach to relationships. She also has an impending book deal, with a book dealing with the same subject. Emma (Uma Therman) is engaged to be married to Richard (Colin Firth) and she seems to have a loving relationship with this rather predictable man. Emma practises what she preaches - she has settled for a secure, stable and maybe 'dull' relationship where spontaneity and passion is not around to 'rock the boat'. Emma and Richard are both looking forward to their forthcoming nuptials.
Dr Lloyd is oblivious to the consequences of her relationship advice, and so the trouble begins. Emma finds out that she is already married to a man she's never met before, a result of a misguided prank that leaves her bewildered and very confused. With her wedding just around the corner, Emma must find the mystery man and obtain an annulment.
Emma tracks down her "accidental husband" - Patrick, a charming, neighbourhood fireman, with a big secret...that he was behind the "accidental" marriage. Unable to be honest, Patrick goes along with the ruse pretending to be just as baffled as Emma. Typically at the beginning there is tension and chaos between these two, but as the movie continues Emma soon starts to admire his carefree passion for life and doubt her own conservative, black and white outlook on life and love. As Emma's wedding draws near, she is faced with the choice between her safe life with Richard or the chance to live in the passionate and spontaneous world that Patrick inhabits.
I should have guessed the quality of the film from the adverts at the beginning. Being a rental movie there were trailers for three other films and these all looked rubbish! Anyway I did enjoy the film in the sense that it was light hearted and I didn't have to think too much but it wasn't really what I was hoping for. For a start Colin Firths appearances were almost non existent (the whole reason I was watching the movie) I think you could put all the time he was on the screen into about 10 mins. His character was dull and did not develop in anyway.
The whole story line is poorly developed, as are the characters. There are some amusing scenes with Patrick's extended family, but again theses characters were not properly introduced and you were left wondering what exactly his relationship with these people was.
I know that by their very nature romantic comedies are not full of twists and turns but this film really is too predictable. There is limited chemistry between the cast and I don't really see where the "comedy" came into it. I didn't laugh out loud once.
This film is OK but don't expect too much. It wasn't so bad that I switched if off, but I certainly wouldn't reccommend others to watch it.
Thank you for reading!
I fancied something lightweight last evening, something which would entertain but not demand too much from my addled brain so I plumped for the Accidental Husband.
I gathered it was a comedy from the picture of two chaps both with their arms out to catch a smiley falling bride.
Starring Colin Firth, Uma Thurman and Jeffry Dean Morgan it's a basic love triangle story with a predictable formula and a few little twists here and there.
We're first introduced to Emma Lloyd, radio talkshow presenter who specialises in love and the machinations of love. She advises one woman to cancel her wedding, leaving behind a very sad and cross ex fiancé, intent on exacting some sort of revenge.
So, the predictable formula is woman is getting married, meets other man, begins to fall for him, finds herself put in more and more situations which 'must ' happen and in which she falls for him more. First man unhappy about situations but realises they 'must' happen and therefore is supportive of bride to be whilst further fuelling new love.
New man reveals information which sends bride to be back to groom to be who accepts gracefully, bride to be then founders, groom to be is good guy who cares too much and sends her back to new love.
New love is happy but ex bride to be finds evidence of original reasons new love pursued her and leaves new love.
Eventual end when everyone confesses love to right person and all are happy.
Despite loving Colin Firth ever since his Mr Darcy days and enjoying most of his characters, and finding Jeffry Dean Morgan an unusually tasty love interest despite his father role in Supernatural, I found the film to be rather lacklustre.
Uma Thurmans character lacked any real emotion, Jeffry Dean Morgan lacked character depth and Colin Firth was a little too aloof, even by Jane Austens standards.
Therefore I found it really hard to get involved with the characters and to actually care what happened. In fact at one stage I was rooting for the woman to go with the wrong guy just to be done with it and stop faffing about.
There are witty moments and some amusing mistakes on the parts of the characters but otherwise the humour is bland, scarcely able to raise a smile, never mind a laugh.
It doesn't appear to be a high budget film but neither especially low, simply mediocre. The acting is mediocre, the script fairly mediocre and the storyline just too predictable.
The only surprise for me was the choice of Jeffry Dean Morgan, but he pulls off the look and puppy dog eyes well enough to be a reasonable love interest.
It's watchable but frankly I'd say there are far better movies out there with similar story lines and which actually get you emotionally involved. Pretty much anything with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks will hit all the buttons The Accidental Husband missed.