182: The Accidental Husband

The Accidental Husband (PG-13) - 2009 - Runtime: 90 minutes
Starring: Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth 
Director: Griffin Dunne

I kind of feel bad for Uma Thurman. She seems to be struggling lately. Remember My Super Ex-Girlfriend? Probably not because it was bad. And things don't look too good with this movie. You know it's bad when your movie gets pushed back more than six months and then finally gets dumped onto DVD (there are a few exceptions). It doesn't help when your studio that produces your movie goes bankrupt.

And this is another movie that, at least in the trailers, looked promising. But despite a pretty good performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who should be doing more movies), this movie never really gets going or manages to create a spark that good romantic comedies have. Uma Thurman is Dr. Emma Lloyd, a radio talk show host who dispenses with sage advice about how most men are pigs and fairy tale weddings are just that. In doing so, she manages to decimate Patrick Sullivan's plans for a bright future with his fiance. He then decides, with a little help from his friend, to marry her by hacking into the system and declaring she's married to him. Unfortunately, she's about to be married to Colin Firth (so dreamy) and this isn't a good thing, apparently. So hi-jinx ensue and everyone ends up happy with their destined lover (except poor handsome Colin Firth) and pregnant (well, just Uma really).

And it may seem like I spoiled the ending, but trust me, you do not need to see this movie. It's just a fairly pedestrian romantic comedy that doesn't go anywhere, or provide enough laughs to make it a comedy. The best part of the movie is Morgan, who seems to be really committed. There's a few laughs to be had, but overall it was probably a wise decision to send this straight to DVD.

Rating: Not Worth Paying For!

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