Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Germany/USA, 2001. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dee Gee Entertainment, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, Prufrock Pictures, Tapestry Films. Screenplay by Pamela Falk, Michael Ellis. Cinematography by Julio Macat. Produced by Peter Abrams, Deborah Del Prete, Jennifer Gibgot, Robert L. Levy, Gigi Pritzker. Music by Mervyn Warren. Production Design by Bob Ziembicki. Costume Design by Pamela Withers. Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.
This sparkling romantic comedy starts off with such a lively step and good humour, then gives in to sappy sentimentality and weak plot movements in its conclusion. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez couldn’t be better as star-crossed lovers who click on their first meeting, she a high-anxiety wedding planner with a utility belt strapped on her that would make Batman look unprepared, and he the fiance of her newest client (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras). Choreographer Adam Shankman makes an ill-advised directorial debut that is rife with technical errors (extras that stare right into the camera, sloppy editing among the many) and is completely unaware of how uneven the script really is (his talents as a dance director are obvious considering that the tango scene between the two leads is the film’s best moment). Wilson-Sampras and Judy Greer are given their very best roles to date, while star power is the real winner here, and the two gorgeous headliners will keep you wanting more until the very end.