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Pilot at the Movies

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

'Made' is a mild miss

Patrick Dempsey may be the McDreamiest thing on the little screen, but he isn't Julia Roberts.

And though the new movie "Made of Honor" (is anybody quite sure where they are going with that title?) tries so hard to be a male version of "My Best Friend's Wedding" it clearly falls short.

The plot is about what you would expect. Dempsey plays Tom, the handsome womanizer who pledges never to spend two nights in a row with the same conquest. Yet he is the platonic best chum of a classy, art-restoring Hannah (Michelle Monaghan).

Tom finally may be growing tired of his ladies man ways, and begins to wonder if he has overlooked Hannah for 10 years as his best choice for a soulmate.

Alas, it seems to be too late, as Hannah has fallen for Colin (Kevin McKidd), a Scotsman with royal lineage who seem to do everything in maddeningly perfec form that our rougish hero can't match.

Tom is asked to play the frustrating role of a male maid of honor to Hannah, unable to tell her how he really feels. So he secretly plans to break up the couple - with the husband to be revealed to be not so ideal as he seemed - before the wedding can happen.

It's toweringly predictable, even for romantic comedy, and is dire need of some kind of twist or originality to save it from an almost immediate trip to the DVD clearance bin at Wal-Mart.

Eleven years ago, when "My Best Friend's Wedding" came out, the idea of gender role reversal might have been novel enough to carry a movie, but it seems an outdated basis for humor now.

I'd also like to think we are beyond kilt jokes, gags about a guy's level of masculinity, or poking fun at an overweight bridesmaid, but I could be wrong.

This movie lacks what "MBFW" had - a strong secondary character like Cameron Diaz played so well. It does add some pretty scenery of the Scottish moors, at least.

The forgettable nature of "Made" isn't the fault of its stars - McDreamy has done decent films like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Enchanted," and started in comedy in the likes of "Can't Buy Me Love." His co-star has shown her chops in stuff like "Gone Baby Gone" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."

They are beautiful people, make cute scenes together, and create a harmless, easy-on-the-eyes date movie.

But for romantic comedy, I'd save a few bucks and rent a much better one - say "10 Things I Hate About You," "Something About Mary," "50 First Dates," "Love Actually," "Bull Durham," Annie Hall," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Failure to Launch," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Waitress," "Elizabethtown," "Wimbledon," Wedding Crashers," "Empire Records," and so on.