Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
Is formalized marriage becoming obsolete? Answer
Some people say that traditional marriages don’t work and that this practice should be abandoned. What does the Bible say about marriage?
Eric Christian Olsen
|Producer||Bradley Fischer, David Thwaites, Bruce Berman|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“First came love… then came Reverend Frank.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Newly engaged Ben Murphy and his fiancée, Sadie Jones, plan to live happily ever after. The problem is that Sadie’s family church, St. Augustine’s, is run by Reverend Frank, who won’t bless Ben and Sadie’s union until they pass his patented, ‘foolproof’ marriage-prep course. Consisting of outrageous classes, outlandish homework assignments and some outright invasion of privacy, Reverend Frank’s rigorous curriculum puts Ben and Sadie’s relationship to the test. Forget happily ever after—do they even have what it takes to make it to the altar?”
Sadie (Mandy Moore) and Ben (John Krasinski) meet unexpectedly. They click instantly and, through the first few moments of their relationship we watch months pass as their love blossoms and takes what society considers the normal steps… They kiss, then soon sex follows. Eventually they move in together and THEN the proposal comes.
Because Sadie has dreamt of being married in the church rich with family history, Ben concedes and agrees to go with her to meet Reverend Frank (Robin Williams). The only way the Good Reverend will agree to marry them is for the couple to consent to taking his marital training course. If they pass a series of tests, he will then conduct the ceremony. He gives them the choice between a wedding day which is three weeks away, and one which is two years away. Sadie eagerly grabs at the date which is three weeks away, and Ben reluctantly follows because he loves her.
Let me start out be pointing out that this is not a film for believers who are easily offended, or parents hoping to treat their kids to an afternoon at the movies.
Truthfully, this list could go on… There just isn’t much in this storyline that is redeemable. The script is shallow and despite the comical talents of Williams and Krasinski, there just isn’t much in this film worth watching. The comedy is sparse, with the exception of one set of scenes in the mall during the couple’s parenting test.
This movie could have been more. Part of the ingredients were there, with a solid cast and delightful little cameos of other “The Office” cast members (for those of us who are fans of the U.S. Version). There are things which, at times, seem to work but then that minute passes and we are once again in the throes of a fairly bad movie.
If you are fans of any members of the cast however, it isn’t a total loss. Though not as funny as it should be, there are laughs to be had. I recommend, however, waiting until its DVD release.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.