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May 7, 2008 > Movie Review: Made of Honor

Movie Review: Made of Honor

By Mona Shah

Tom (Patrick Dempsey), a New York serial womanizer, thrives on having fun with a different girl on his arm every night. He seems only able to say 'I love you' to unknown dogs who occasionally cross his path. Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) is different. She is his best friend and the one constant in his life. Their relationship is platonic, but when Hannah goes to Scotland on a six-week business trip, Tom realizes that his life is empty without her and decides when she returns, he'll ask her to marry him. But their reunion is not what he expects, as Hannah introduces him to handsome, wealthy Scotsman Colin McMurray (Kevin McKidd) to whom she has become engaged. Scottish jokes abound - from kilts to bagpipes to traditional highland games.

As a post feminist lark, Hannah asks Tom to be her Maid of Honor. To win her over, he seizes upon the emasculating role, a process that starts out routinely but grows steadily funnier as the wedding party arrives in Scotland. Scottish locations, with imposing castles, verdant pastures and mountain ranges form a truly stunning and mystical blue outline on the far horizon.

A series of "trying to undermine the groom-to-be" sequences follows but every attempt is foiled when something impressive about McMurray is discovered. Like his four castle homes (one for each season) or his family's massive whiskey distillery. Will he or won't he is the question we ask, as to whether or not Tom will divulge his true feelings to Hannah. It's a no-brainer of course. This is Hollywood after all and that's what will make women's hearts go pitter-patter.

Nothing feels real in this movie - not the characters, their relationships, nor their actions. Made of Honor is a nice cookie-cutter comedy. Dempsey is the ultimate chick-flick leading man and Monaghan does have some of that peaches and cream appeal. Their chemistry on screen rises to the challenge of making the friendship look like it could blossom into something more, which manages to salvage the movie...somewhat.

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 41min

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