Made of Honor

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Made of Honor
Made of honor.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Paul Weiland
Produced by Neal H. Moritz
Screenplay by Adam Sztykiel
Deborah Kaplan
Harry Elfont
Story by Adam Sztykiel
Starring Patrick Dempsey
Michelle Monaghan
Kevin McKidd
Kathleen Quinlan
Sydney Pollack
Chris Messina
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Edited by Richard Marks
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates May 2, 2008
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $40 million [1]
Box office $105,962,760[1]

Made of Honor (Made of Honour in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and Australia) is a 2008 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Weiland and story written by Adam Sztykiel (screenplay by Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont). It was produced by Neal H. Moritz and was released by Columbia Pictures in North America on May 2, 2008. The film includes the last screen appearance of Sydney Pollack.

Plot[edit]

On Halloween night, 1998, at Cornell University, Tom Bailey, Jr. (Patrick Dempsey), in costume as Bill Clinton, slips into bed with his pre-arranged date, Monica. However it turns out to be the wrong woman, Monica's roommate Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), and Tom likes her because she is so honest and does not fling herself at him. Ten years later, Hannah and Tom are best friends. Tom is very wealthy because of his creation of the "coffee collar" and gets a dime every time it is used. Tom is with a different girl every week, while Hannah focuses on her career in an art museum. He is very content with his life, suspecting that Hannah is too.

After Tom takes Hannah to his father's (Sydney Pollack) sixth wedding, Hannah tells Tom she must go to Scotland for work. While she's gone, Tom discovers that without her, being with another woman week after week is not very fulfilling. He realizes that he loves Hannah and decides to tell her his feelings when she gets back. Upon returning, Hannah surprisingly announces she is engaged to a wealthy Scot named Colin (Kevin McKidd). Hannah asks Tom to be her maid of honor for her wedding. After discussing it with his friends, Tom decides to be her maid of honor, only to spend time with her and try to convince her she does not even know Colin, as well as making her realize that he loves her and she should be marrying him.

After arriving in Scotland at Eilean Donan Castle for the wedding, Tom realizes he is running out of time to stop Hannah. He meets all of Colin's family and must perform in a variant of the Highland Games, in which the groom must compete to prove himself worthy of his bride. Tom is also in the competition with Colin but loses in the last round. Tom takes Hannah out for a walk, hoping to tell her how he feels. However, the other bridesmaids interrupt for Hannah's bachelorette party. On her Hen Night, Hannah parades around a pub and sells her kisses for change. As she goes around, Hannah then kisses Tom. Though it just started as a peck on the cheek, it turns into a passionate kiss.

That night, Hannah decides to confront Tom and ask about the kiss. However, when she gets to his room, her drunk cousin is there, trying to have sex with him. Hannah leaves and Tom runs after her. He knocks on her door, pleading for her to let him in. She refuses and asks about the kiss. He tells her he knew he was the one for her, not Colin. She refuses to say that she thinks so too and instead tells Tom that she still expects to marry Colin the next day. Tom cannot go through with watching Hannah and Colin get married so he decides to go home.

When questioned about his sudden departure shortly before the wedding is to take place, Hannah informs Colin that Tom is just afraid of losing her. On the way home, Tom realizes that he must stop the wedding and goes back on horseback. Just when the priest asks for objections, Tom is sent flying off his horse and through the chapel doors. Seeing her best friend on the floor, Hannah rushes to him. As he struggles to stand up, he tells her that he loves her more than anything and that she should marry him. They then share a kiss. Hannah tells Colin that she is very sorry and that he is the perfect guy, just not the perfect guy for her. Colin's grandmother then tells Colin, in Gaelic, to 'deck' Tom, which he does without hesitation.

Hannah and Tom eventually get married. Melissa catches the bouquet and then links arms with Tom's dad, to which he says "Number 6?" and his lawyer says "7". The movie ends with Hannah and Tom on their honeymoon. Tom turns on the light just to see if he's got the right girl and Hannah replies "You do". The two kiss and as Hannah turns off the light, Tom says "Oh, Monica" and Hannah replies "Oh, Bill."

Cast[edit]

Rating[edit]

Made of Honor was originally rated R for "some sex-related material", but is now PG-13 for "sexual content and language".[2] In Australia, it is rated M.[citation needed] In Sweden, the Swedish National Board of Film Censors rated the uncut version as suitable for all ages.[3]

In the UK the British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) rated it a 12 for "Moderate Language and Sex References".[4] When released on DVD, it was rated 12 for "Strong Sex References".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Made of Honor received mainly negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 12% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 87 reviews, with the consensus that it is a "forgettable, formulaic chick flick."[6] On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 37 out of 100, based on 20 reviews.[7]

Box office performance[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $15.5 million in 2,729 theaters in the United States and Canada, averaging $5,679 per theater, and ranking #2 at the box office behind Iron Man.[8] It grossed a total of $46,012,734 domestically and $59,950,026 in international gross, for a worldwide gross of $105,962,760. [9]

Made of Honor was released on September 16, 2008 on DVD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Made of Honor (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  2. ^ RopeofSilicon.com LLC. "Latest MPAA Ratings: #100 | Movie News | RopeofSilicon.com Entertainment News". Ropeofsilicon.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Swedish National Board of Filmcensors". July 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ "MADE OF HONOR rated 12A by the BBFC". Bbfc.co.uk. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/SearchClassifiedWorks/?SearchView&Query=%28%20/
  6. ^ "Made of Honor Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Made of Honor (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Made of Honor (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Made of Honor (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 

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