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License to Wed
Review By: Andrea Tuccillo
License to Wed is a romantic comedy about marriage that doesn’t quite live up to its vows. Directed by Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, various episode of The Office), the movie showed potential with its charismatic cast and silly premise. And while it does provide some mild fun and entertainment, it ultimately falls as flat as a tossed bouquet.
Ben (John Krasinski) and Sadie (Mandy Moore) are the loving young couple engaged to be married. Ben’s the unassertive pushover and Sadie’s the Type A control freak, but these differences in personality don’t seem to bother them until it comes time to plan their wedding. Ben wants an intimate, island wedding, but Sadie has her heart set on getting married in her hometown church by her family Reverend. So, like the passive person he is, Ben agrees. But it’s a decision he’ll soon regret.
Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) enrolls them in his very own “marriage preparation course,” which turns out to be more like a “get stalked and tortured by your minister” kind of course. The eccentric Reverend Frank, accompanied by his mini-altar boy sidekick (the borderline annoying Josh Flitter), goes to great lengths to make sure Ben and Sadie are truly ready for matrimony. Needless to say, the obstacles he forces them to endure are preposterous. He makes them take care of creepy robotic babies, play word association with Sadie’s uppity wealthy family, participate in a ridiculous blindfolded driving test, and he even bugs their apartment!
Though Reverend Frank’s methods are questionable, he succeeds in making Ben and Sadie realize there are things in their relationship they must work on. They’re in love, but they’re not communicating. Reverend Frank gets their real feelings to come out.
The conflicts are foreseeable from the start and the ending is just as predictable, but there is a factor which makes this movie worth seeing and his name is John Krasinski. The instantly likeable actor is best known as the adorable paper salesman Jim Halpert on The Office and he makes his leading man debut with License to Wed. Though not given quality material to work with here (the License to Wed script lacks the spark and originality of The Office dialogue he’s used to),
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