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The Wedding Planner

"Always a wedding planner, never a bride," appears to be the destiny of Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez). Nor do her prospects improve when she discovers the man (Matthew McConaughey) who has just swept her off her feet (while saving her from a runaway garbage dumpster) is actually the fiance of Internet tycoon Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), the biggest potential client of Mary's career. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+ --
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 103
Theater Release: 26 Jan 2001
Video Release: 03 Jul 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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The Wedding Planner - Official site Always a wedding planner, never a bride. That appears to be the destiny of Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez), who works for a very successful San Francisco nuptials business. Meanwhile her widowed father Salvatore (Alex Rocco), spends his days planning her wedding. But first, he needs to find her a man.

On the top of his list is Massimo (Justin Chambers), a playmate from Mary's childhood spent in Italy, whom she best remembers for following her around asking personal questions about her anatomy. With Salvatore's encouragement, Massimo comes to visit, convinced he's engaged to Mary. Even though he's grown up to be a nice considerate man, Mary is resistant to the whole idea.

The Wedding Planner - Official site Besides, Mary has little interest in love at moment, mainly because she's wooing Internet tycoon Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) who has just announced her engagement. If Mary can close the deal on the biggest wedding of her career, she'll be guaranteed promotion to partner in the company. Even more distracting is Steve (Matthew McConaughey), the suave pediatrician that saves Mary from a runaway garbage dumpster. Sensing a mutual attraction, Mary thinks she may have found her own groom--until she discovers the good doctor is Fran's man.

The Wedding Planner - Official site With all her experience in planning weddings and witnessing break-ups that occur before the confetti has even settled, Mary believes she can predict a marriage's chances based on the couple's color selection and music choice. Yet as I watched her weave through this script, including a near-miss-kiss and all the usual obstacles of falling in love, I could find little evidence that Mary's choices would be destined to greater success.

The lack of understanding about what really makes a relationship displayed by Mary's character, not only presents a fatal flaw in making this a viable romance, but could also be responsible for sending a subtle message to teens regarding what is the most important: The marriage or the wedding. Considering the many mild and moderate profanities and sexual banter (including an extended scene involving a naked male statue with a broken appendage), parents may want to find another bride-to-be.

The Wedding Planner is rated PG-13:

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey
Studio: 2001 Columbia Pictures

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