Made of Honor’ another predictable, enjoyable rom-com

By Tiffane Stuckenschneider

For the past few years, Patrick Dempsey has been about as
entertaining as a wet rag on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Fortunately in “Made of Honor,” we are reminded why Dempsey has
been able to remain in the business for more than 20 years.

He steps up his game and finally resumes his role of providing
genuine entertainment to audiences.

A compulsive womanizer with his own set of relationship “rules,”
Dempsey’s character Tom falls for his longtime friend: the one girl
that never put out or put up with his ridiculous guidelines.

Realizing his feelings for her just a little too late, Dempsey’s
character is forced to stand by and watch as his friend finds
someone else and enters into an engagement.

It should be said that Hannah, played by Michelle Monaghan, is
portrayed far better than expected when judging from the trailers.
In the previews, she seems like a blase character, thrown in simply
to stand next to Dempsey while he steals the show.

This is not how it plays out.

Monaghan is enjoyable in her own right. She is not passive, and
she allows Dempsey to shine while still exuding a light of her
own.

When Monaghan asks Dempsey to be her maid of honor because
they’ve been best friends for the past 10 years, he wants to say no
but doesn’t know how to turn down her offer without hurting her
feelings.

His guy friends see the silver lining to this black cloud, and
they convince him he stands a better chance of breaking up the
bride and groom from the inside. Dempsey reconsiders and finally
agrees to the job.

Dempsey and his gang of guys then set out to destroy the happy
couple.

Audiences will enjoy the antics the men go through as they
attempt to ruin a perfectly fine relationship between two people
oblivious to their scheming.

The guys, played by Kadeem Hardison, Chris Messina and Richmond
Arquette, add an extra element to the film. If it weren’t for them,
there would be a serious lack of testosterone and humor.

The other bridesmaids – Busy Philipps, Whitney Cummings and
Emily Nelson – are mildly funny every now and then, but the film
wouldn’t be much different without them.

“Made of Honor” is a chick flick in the truest sense of the
term, but if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll enjoy it.

It’s touching, thoughtful and sweet.

With a predictable ending, there aren’t many twists and turns
throughout the film, but audiences won’t mind that they can just
sit back, relax and watch as Dempsey and Monaghan prepare to live
happily ever after.

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