Made of Honour
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Paul Weiland
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Sydney Pollack
Storyline: Tom and Hannah are best friends. She’s getting married. He’s maid of honour. Only he’s more interested in getting the bride than finding the perfect dress.
Bottomline: Sappy, soppy, drippy. Perfect, if you’re in the mood for mush. Nauseating, if you’re not.
Of course there are castles. Whopping castles, generously smothered with the requisite romantic mist and music. There are galloping horses. Mandatory, after all, for any knight worth his shining armour. And there’s Patrick Dempsey, who’s apparently been elected Resident Cheesecake, relentlessly working his charm as he meanders through a script seemingly sewn together with pink ribbons, rainbows and candyfloss.
‘Made of Honour,’ the story of a man who falls in love with his best friend, but finds himself helping her choose dinner plates instead of walking her down the aisle, seems to be ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ turned upside down — at first sight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the earlier movie’s clever dialogue. Or its memorable characterisation. Or Julia Roberts.
So what ‘Made Of Honour’ does instead is give us Dempsey and his trademark I’m-So-Going-To-Make-You-Weak-In-The-Knees smile. Again. And again. And again.
Dempsey who seems to be specialising the whole moonlight and roses route now, between his recurring role as Dr. Derek Mc Dreamy Shepard in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and his modern Prince Charming avatar in ‘Enchanted,’ is undoubtedly the movie’s biggest draw for the women.
And this movie — seemingly created by tossing a dozen Mills and Boons into the blender, along with some medieval poetry and a few cans of sappy lyrics — is clearly targeted at women.
Evidently, the good old feminist theory about ‘male gaze’ can be dispensed with in this case. ‘Made of Honour’ is all about celebrating the female gaze: men in little basket ball shorts and shockingly short kilts.
Tom (played by Dempsey) is rich, gorgeous and charming. He’s also — surprise, surprise — a callous, selfish Lothario, who prides himself on his many conquests, and is completely unapologetic about breaking hearts.
Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) is an old college buddy. There’s some chemistry, but they’re just friends. Till she decides to get married.
Unapologetic about cliches
Clichés? But of course. The movie’s greatest strength is the fact that it’s completely unapologetic about the clichés.
Hannah’s marrying a Scottish alpha-male, who’s all about caber tossing, and shooting deer. Tom’s the maid of honour who needs to prove himself the Best Man. Even if it takes learning how to say ‘I Love You.’ Awwww.
Here’s a movie with no pretensions. It bravely stands up and says, ‘I’m corny. And not embarrassed.’ Which is why it will work for people who love that proverbial hot-man-meets-nice-girl formula. (Read women. Ok. Some women. Fine. I’ll admit it. I liked it.) And why it will send most men tearing to the gym to grunt, sweat, pump iron and reacquaint themselves with their testosterone.SHONALI MUTHALALY