The Wedding Date

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The Wedding Date
The Wedding Date poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Clare Kilner
Produced by
Written by Dana Fox
Based on Asking for Trouble 
by Elizabeth Young
Starring
Studio Gold Circle Films
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
  • February 4, 2005 (2005-02-04) (USA)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $47,175,038

The Wedding Date is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Clare Kilner and starring Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, and Amy Adams. Based on the novel Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young, the film is about a single woman who hires a male escort to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding in order to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a few years prior. The release was successful achieving $47 million worldwide at the box office against a budget of $15 million. It was remade into Hindi as Aap Ki Khatir.

Plot[edit]

Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) is a single New Yorker who returns to her parents' house in London to be the maid of honor at her younger half sister's (Amy Adams) wedding. The best man is none other than her former fiancé, who unexpectedly dumped her two years ago. Anxious about confronting him and eager to impress him, she hires suave escort Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend.

Kat intends to make her former flame, Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield), jealous, but her plan backfires when Nick convinces everyone, including her, that they are madly in love. Kat then feels herself, too, falling for Nick as he slowly falls for her. The night before the wedding, Kat discovers Amy slept with Jeffrey when they were still together, and that Jeffrey dumped Kat because he believed he was in love with Amy. Nick had discovered this fact a day earlier, and when Kat finds that out, she feels betrayed from all sides, and puts Nick off. He decides to return to America, and leaves Kat the money she had paid him.

On the wedding day, seeing Kat distressed, her step-father (Peter Egan) asks Kat if Nick 'is the guy for you', and Kat realizes he is, so she sets off to find him. Meanwhile, just before the wedding, Amy confesses her betrayal to her fiancé, Ed (Jack Davenport), but professes her love for him. Ed, upset, chases Jeffrey out of the church and down the road. Nick, driving away, picks up Ed as Jeffrey disappears into the woods. Nick and Ed talk about love, and Ed decides he loves Amy more than he is angry, so they end up getting married, with Nick as 'new' best man.

Just before the ceremony, Nick tells Kat he realized he'd "... rather fight with you than make love with anyone else", and they kiss passionately. Kat and Nick begin a real relationship together. Jeffrey, the main cause of all the trouble, learns absolutely nothing. At the end he is seen trying to get the attentions of a female neighbor.

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Locations[edit]

Some outdoor scenes where they are playing rounders are on location in Parliament Hill Fields overlooking west London. Another part of the film is set in Shere, Surrey.

Reception[edit]

The film garnered almost universally negative reviews, receiving only 10% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 32 on Metacritic.

The film was reasonably a financial success, grossing about three times its budget.

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