The Accidental Husband
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|The Accidental Husband|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Griffin Dunne|
|Produced by||Jennifer Todd
|Written by||Mimi Hare
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
|Music by||Andrea Guerra|
|Cinematography||William Rexer II|
|Edited by||Suzy Elmiger|
|Distributed by||Yari Film Group|
|February 29, 2008 (UK)
November 10, 2009 (US DVD)
The Accidental Husband is a 2008 American romantic comedy film directed by Griffin Dunne, and starring Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini, and Sam Shepard. The film was written by Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor and Bonnie Sikowitz, and is produced by Jennifer Todd, Jason Blum, and Uma Thurman. It was theatrically released in the UK in 2008, but was released direct-to-DVD in the United States.
Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is looking forward to a life with, Sophia (Justina Machado), until she calls into the show by famed love expert and radio host Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman). Emma questions Sophia’s concept of romantic love and advises her to break their engagement, which she swiftly does.
Patrick is so upset that when he hears that Emma is about to be married herself, he allows his young neighbour, Ajay, to hack into public records and create a fake marriage between himself and Emma. Upon going to the public records office to get a marriage license, Emma and her perfect-gentleman fiancé, Richard (Colin Firth), are told she is already married.
Emma sets out to find Patrick and give him annulment papers to sign so that she can marry Richard. Emma finds Patrick in a bar, and their initial meeting ends with her getting drunk. The next day, Patrick comes to Emma's work to give her the annulment papers as she is leaving for a wedding cake tasting. Patrick accompanies her to the tasting, where Frau Greta Bollenbecker (Isabella Rossellini) assumes he is Emma's fiancé, Richard. Greta later comes to Emma's book launch because her husband, Herr Karl Bollenbecker, (Keir Dullea) is planning to liquidate Richard's publishing house. Greta meets Emma during the banquet and tells her of the same. Patrick still has the annulment papers, so he comes to the book launch. Matters get worse when Richard sees Greta and Karl with Emma and Patrick, who is posing as Richard, but Richard agrees to go along with it when he learns that Greta thinks Patrick will charm Karl so much that Karl will decide to continue business with "Richard".
Patrick invites them all to a Hindu "sacred thread ceremony" (Upanayana) rite-of-passage ritual for Ajay. Emma and the other guests have a really good time there, and she sees a whole new side of Patrick, who had been repulsive to her so far. There is a slight spark of attraction, but Emma flees the scene before anything else can happen.
Patrick decides to throw out everything related to Emma or Sophia, but instead reads Emma's book, "Real Love". He comes to confront her about the book because he thinks it only points out all the bad things in a relationship. Patrick and Emma continue their argument in an elevator. Suddenly Patrick flaunts his NYS Fire Department badge and asks the other occupants to leave the elevator. He then locks the elevator and proceeds to kiss Emma. Security staff see them through a CCTV in the elevator and ask them to leave.
Emma finally has the signed and notarized annulment papers, but she considers calling off her wedding. She goes to Patrick’s lodgings and they make love that night. The next morning, Emma finds all the papers related to her and Sophia in the trash. Patrick then confesses that he had initially wanted to teach her a lesson about love but then fell for her. Emma then goes back to the honorable Richard, who still loves her and says that she wants to marry him.
One day before her wedding, Patrick calls her at the radio station and tells her that he loves her. She does not answer him. The next day on her wedding day, she confides in her father, Wilder (Sam Shepard) and asks his advice. He tells her that the decision is hers. Richard comes to see Emma in the bridal chamber. Richard had also heard the radio show the night before when Patrick told Emma of his love for her. He tells her that he wants her to be happy, and they amicably break up.
Emma sets off the church's fire sprinklers in an attempt to get Patrick to the church. Meanwhile, The fire department where Patrick works is called to the church to put out the fire. When Patrick arrives there, Emma and Patrick get married and leave in the fire truck. The final scene shifts to a year later where it is shown that Emma is pregnant and that she and Patrick are still very much in love. The movie ends with a Tamil song "Swasame" from the movie Thenali in the background.
- Uma Thurman as Dr. Emmeline (Emma) Lloyd
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Patrick Sullivan
- Colin Firth as Richard Braxton
- Isabella Rossellini as Frau Greta Bollenbecker
- Keir Dullea as Herr Karl Bollenbecker
- Sam Shepard as Wilder Lloyd
- Kristina Klebe as Katerina Bollenbecker
- Lindsay Sloane as Marcy
- Justina Machado as Sofia
- Sarita Choudhury as Sunday
- Brooke Adams as Carolyn
- Michael Mosley as Declan
- Ajay Naidu as Deep
It was released on February 29, 2008 in the UK and was scheduled to be released on August 22, 2008 in the United States delayed to March 27, 2009 before being shelved indefinitely following the bankruptcy of its distributor, Yari Film Group's releasing division. It was released direct-to-DVD in the United States on November 10, 2009. The film features several Indian songs, including A. R. Rahman's "Yaro Yarodi", "Swasamae" and "Rang De" (from the films Alaipayuthey, Thenali and Thakshak respectively) as well as Punjabi Hit Squad's "Kuriyeh".
Box office performance
- "The Accidental Husband - Box Office Mojo".
- Jane Beal, PhD. "The Accidental Husband".
- "Summer Movie Preview". Entertainment Weekly. April 18, 2008.
- Eller, Claudia (2008-12-12). "Court compels Yari Film Group's releasing unit into Chapter 11". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- "The Accidental Husband - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo".
- Official website
- The Accidental Husband at the Internet Movie Database
- UK movie website from Momentum Pictures
- The Yari Film Group website
- The Accidental Husband @ Rotten Tomatoes