Made of Honor

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Made of Honor
Made of honor.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byPaul Weiland
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Screenplay by
Story byAdam Sztykiel
Music byRupert Gregson-Williams
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts
Edited byRichard Marks
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$106.4 million[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 written by Adam Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan, and Harry Elfont. The film stars Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, and Sydney Pollack, in his final screen appearance prior to his death less than a month after the film's release.

The plot follows a lifelong playboy who falls in love with his best friend, only to have her get engaged and ask him to be her maid of honor. It was released by Columbia Pictures in the United States on May 2, 2008. The film garnered negative reviews from critics who criticized the formulaic humor and script, but grossed $106.4 million worldwide against a $40 million budget making it a box office success. It was released on DVD on September 16, 2008.


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. 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 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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. 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 confronts Tom to ask about the kiss. 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, not Colin, was the one for her. 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 aunt then tells Colin, in Scots, 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". Hannah and Tom go on their honeymoon. Tom turns on the light just to see if he has 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."



Made of Honor was originally rated R for "some sex-related material", but was later rated 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]


Box office[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.[1] It grossed a total of $46 million in North American and $60 million internationally, for a total worldwide gross of $106 million, against its $40 million budget.[1]

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

Critical response[edit]

Made of Honor received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 15%, based on 123 reviews, with an average rating of 4.01/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Sharp performances by Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan can't save this forgettable, formulaic chick flick from its comic failings."[6] On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 37 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[7]

Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club gave the film a "C" grade, giving credit to the performances of Pollack and Monaghan for being surprisingly good in a by-the-numbers romantic story alongside Dempsey displaying "plastic sincerity" in his role, saying "It's telling that he's followed by a string of sidekicks apparently created to make him less bland by comparison."[8] The New York Times' Stephen Holden commended the punch-up of the script for adding "tart satirical flavors to a cotton-candy formula" and the screen presence of both Dempsey and Monaghan, highlighting the latter for giving "enough sweetness to satisfy the cotton-candy addicts."[9] Barbara Vancheri of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised the utilization of the "picturesque, romantic" Scotland setting and the cast's willingness to perform, despite devolving into slapstick comedy and tacking on a 1940s film ending. She concluded by explaining its release alongside Iron Man saying, "Made of Honor is made to order for women or couples looking for an alternative to the comic-book adaptation and for a romcom with such obvious and memorable film forebears, it's still breezy fun."[10]

Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News gave credit to Dempsey for his comedic timing over material containing "snickering emasculation" and director Paul Weiland for his "brisk pace" direction over "a lazy script from three screenwriters who take the low road every time." She concluded that, "[T]he cinematic equivalent of a cookie-cutter wedding, Made of Honor ultimately feels a little depressing."[11] Philip Marchand of the Toronto Star noted how the film's content contains "numerous references to insecure masculinity", saying that "It's often a problem to determine when a movie is satirizing characters from a superior height and when it's sharing the mental level of those characters."[12] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said about the film beyond its "gibberish" title, "Everything else about it is plasticky and nonsensical with no one behaving like a real carbon-based life-form. Monaghan's charm is stifled, and a classy cameo from Sydney Pollack as Dempsey's scapegrace dad goes for nothing. A film to leave at the altar."[13] Ed Gonzalez from Slant Magazine called the film "soul-crushingly predictable", lamenting the misuse of Pollack's "ostensible prestige" only for it to be diminished by Kevin Sussman's character, unfunny sex jokes, irritating soundtrack and defamation of Scottish people.[14]


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  9. ^ Holden, Stephen (May 2, 2008). "My Best Friend's Big Fat (Shouldn't Happen) Scottish Wedding". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (May 2, 2008). "Movie Review: 'Made of Honor'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Block Communications. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Weitzman, Elizabeth (June 3, 2008). "'Made of Honor' is wedding tale with a familiar ring". New York Daily News. Mortimer Zuckerman. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Marchand, Philip (May 2, 2008). "'Made of Honor': Not made in heaven". Toronto Star. Torstar. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (May 2, 2008). "Made of Honour". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (April 29, 2008). "Review: Made of Honor". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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