The Wedding Date

  • Review Date: August 15, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

As stale as last week's wedding cake.
  • Review Date: August 15, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Tense emotional scenes, some comic scuffling.

Sex

Explicit sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations -- strong for a PG-13.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A lot of drinking (characters tipsy and hung over) and some smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes some strong material for a PG-13, including brief partial nudity, explicit sexual references (including prostitution, infidelity, a joke about an orgasm, the idea that "the best sex is make-up sex," and a drunken sexual encounter that is supposed to be romantic), smoking and a lot of drinking (characters get drunk and hung over).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE WEDDING DATE stars Debra Messing as Kat, an insecure young woman who has just seen two of the most terrifying words in the English language on her sister's wedding invitation. They are: "and guest." Her younger sister Amy (Amy Adams) is getting married. And Kat's ex-fiance is the best man. She needs a date to bring to the wedding so that "the ex-fiance will be sorry that he left you and your family will think we are in love." With $6000 from her retirement account, Kat hires Nick (Dermot Mulroney), a male escort she read about in the New York Times Magazine. Kat and Nick pretend to be in love to reassure the family and torture the ex. But there is an undeniable attraction between them as well.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

All the romantic comedy gloss in the world can't save a script as stale as last week's wedding cake. Despite a promising set-up and talented performers, it leaks air like a tire that ran over a tack. The movie wants us to find Kat adorable and endearing. She is just fluttery, self-centered, and insecure. The movie wants us to find Nick desirable. But we hear about it more than we feel it. Kat's cousin is supposed to be delightfully outrageous. But raunchy is not the same thing as outrageous, even if a few supportive comments are tossed in, and it is especially not the same thing as delightfully outrageous. Give us something specific, people! That's why they call it "writing."

Then there is the troubling problem of having a light romantic comedy with characters whose behavior is unsavory. This lends a sour tinge to the purported hijinks. Most of the people behind this movie are women. They show some sensitivity to just what it is that someone like Kat would want from Nick, but, regrettably, they don't show any more wit, insight, heart, or imagination than we find in the dozens of dull movies about female characters made by men.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it is true that people get the love life that they want. Why does it take courage to let someone love you?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 4, 2005
DVD release date:August 16, 2005
Cast:Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney
Director:Clare Kilner
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content including dialogue

This review of The Wedding Date was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 13 years old Written byeschmu September 8, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

GREAT Movie!!

This movie is awesome!!! I loved it and would watch it again no problem. There is very few language parts only a few words like sh*t. I think this movie is really good if you like romance. Younger kids would get bored fast.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byHappilyEverAfter January 7, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Stayed up late to watch this one

I read some of the other reviews and they weren't so positive. I actually thought this was a pretty good movie. I watched it on TV, so I'm not sure if they edited a lot of the content, but I don't think that the language or sexual content was too explicit for a PG-13 rating. It wasn't one of Debra Messing's best acting performances, but it was good overall.
Teen, 16 years old Written bywilly92 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Common Sense Kids Action