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April 2nd, 2007:
The story follows newly engaged Ben Murphy (John Krasinski
) and his fiancée, Sadie Jones (Mandy Moore
), who has always dreamed of getting married in a traditional wedding at her family church. The problem is St. Augustine's only has one wedding slot available in the next two years, and its charismatic pastor, Reverend Frank (Robin Williams
), won't bless Ben and Sadie's union until they pass his patented, foolproof marriage-prep course. Through outrageous classes, outlandish homework assignments and some pious manipulation, Ben and Sadie are about to find out if they really have what it takes to make it to the altar... and live happily ever after.What to Expect:
Anyone that had a Catholic marriage has heard of a Pre-Cana session, which is a course that engaged couples need to take part in before becoming married. While Pre-Cana is handled differently by each Catholic parish, the idea is to educate the couple about the seriousness of marriage. In reality, it is nothing to be afraid of, but with the right spin it could seem like a nightmare. Article continues below
Combination of Pre-Cana and a charismatic pastor played by Robin Williams is a great basis for a comedy. Throw in a husband-to-be that not only refuses to participate but ends up failing the tasks given to him, and you got yourself non-stop laughs through out the film. Unfortunately, many people could be turned off by the over-the-top acting of Williams, who seems to gravitate to roles like this and delivers the same wild performance as always. I for one, enjoy his fast-talking, hands-on ways, and believe Williams is the perfect man to play the role of the pastor, especially when the character has a secret past.
***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD***
Ben finds out that Reverend Frank is divorced, which is not condoned by the Catholic Church.
***END OF SPOILERS***
The husband-to-be in the movie is played by John Krasinski, who is mostly known for playing the office prankster, Jim Halpert, on the popular NBC TV show "The Office." Krasinki's career has taken off this year, by taking the lead male role in License to Wed, being cast in a George Clooney
and actually directing a film himself, entitled Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
. Surprisingly, the studio decided to go with Krasinski, instead of someone like Ben Stiller
or Owen Wilson
, so it is good to see that some new talent is being used instead of the same old thing. Krasinski's cast members have mentioned that he is not only funny, but incredibly quick-witted. And if his performance on "The Office" is any indication of what to expect from the movie, then I'm glad the studio decided to take a risk with the casting.
The Emmy-nominated director of the film, Ken Kwapis
(Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), has worked with Krasinki in the past, having directed several "The Office" episodes. Not only that, Kwapis brought over some of the other cast members like Angela Kinsey
, Mindy Kaling
and Brian Baumgartner
, who play Angela, Kelly and Kevin respectively on the show. Their roles are limited to being Ben's best friend's wife, a man from the marriage class and a woman from the ring shop, but any fan will still enjoy seeing them in the movie.
The female lead is played by Mandy Moore, who is Catholic herself, similar to the character she plays. While her role as Sadie is not as religious as her role as Hilary in Saved!, the entire story does begin with her wanting a Catholic marriage at her church instead of in the Caribbean, like Ben wants. Unfortunately the wait at that particular church is two years, but if they decide to take some classes with Reverend Frank, they can get married in three weeks. In order to make sure that they are committed to getting married they are forced to participate in several homework assignments and even have a camera installed in their house. Ben ends up failing all the tasks and the couple begins to doubt if they are really meant to be together. Obviously, in a story like this, everyone learns a lesson and we get a happy ending, resulting in a wedding.
This is the kind of story that we have seen many times before. In Meet the Parents, Ben Stiller plays a man who can't do anything right, and while on the surface he seems to be the reason behind his failures, it turns out that the real culprit is the last man his fiancée would ever suspect, the Father. In License to Wed, Krasinki's character goes through the same exact thing, only instead of the Father causing all the doubt in his fiancée's eyes, it is the Reverend, another unsuspected person.In Conclusion:
License to Wed seems like a fun time at the theaters, with some fresh new talent taking the lead roles. Even though inexperienced writers, director and actors could mean trouble for the picture, Robin Williams' comedy is sure to balance things out, especially if the assignments that the couple are tasked with are as outrageous as I've heard.Similar Titles: Meet the Parents
, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
, The Office
, You, Me and Dupree