I had high hopes for License to Wed. It had two of my favorite young stars in it – Mandy Moore and John Krasinski – plus Robin Williams, who generally livens up any movie. Unfortunately what could have been a hilarious movie turned out to be an awkward movie with a sweet ending.
The story is a straighforward as it was in the previews. Ben (John Krasinski) and Sadie (Mandy Moore) have gotten engaged and want to be married at St. Augustine’s church. In order to do so, they have to complete a marriage certification course taught by Reverend Frank (Robin Williams). Reverend Frank’s methods are a bit intense and intrusive. Sadie is determined to pass the course, while Ben realizes that Rev. Frank is off his rocker.
We watch Rev. Frank and his protege spy on Sadie and Ben, and most of the time it seems as if they’re purposely trying to sabotage the marriage. As expected, the relationship starts to break down and fights ensue.
In the end, of course, all is well. It wouldn’t be a romantic comedy if it didn’t have a happy ending. In fact, the highlight of this movie was the ending. The sweet gesture of love that Ben pulls through with in the end is almost worth watching the rest of the movie for. I say almost because the rest of the movie isn’t really worth watching at all.
It’s a shame, because a cast like this could have a lot of potential, given the right script. Krasinski is a riot on “The Office,” and generally the only reason I’m still watching. (Watch the episode with the bat in the office and you’ll know why.) Mandy Moore has blossomed into a talented, beautiful actress since her teenybopper days. And we all know Robin Williams has the talent to make almost anything funny. Somehow he just couldn’t save this movie. Throw in an underused Christine Taylor, and a misused Eric Christian Olsen and you have a potentially great movie that fails to deliver.
Unless you’re a die hard Mandy Moore fan and need to see every film she’s ever been in, skip this one.
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