Published May 01, 2008Made of Honor, the latest "Cyrano de Vagina rom-com to screech its way into multiplexes, seriously overestimates the charm and sex appeal of Patrick "McScrawny Dempsey. Various Maxim-model-looking women all but flash him labia throughout the film to get him to flip them upside down for a twirl. This is quite a feat for a man who looks so similar to Seymour Butts.
At a college party, Tom (Patrick Dempsey) sneaks away to the darkened room of a young filly for a quick shag. When sneaking into her bed he finds not the intended recipient of his dry humping but her bookish, bemused roommate Hannah (Michelle Monaghan).
The two strike a bond that stays entirely platonic until Hannah runs off to Scotland for six weeks, leaving Tom at home to realise how much he misses having her around. Upon her return, Tom decides to share his feelings of "amour only to find that she has met a hunky, well endowed, distillery owning Duke named Colin (Kevin McKidd), to whom she is engaged. To make matters worse, Hannah has asked Tom to be her maid of honour.
A great deal of effort is exerted throughout the film to offer a male perspective. While this relatively fresh take could have led to some interesting scenarios, it often feels awkward and bizarre, as the men have entirely expositional conversations and participate in stock basketball and poker games, since men apparently do little else together. This is exacerbated by Dempseys bland and uninspired performance, which only becomes interesting when confronted with the likable Monaghan.
Honor plays like a reverse My Best Friends Wedding, for the most part, with slightly more profanity and a little less venom. It feels like a Barbies dream world of saccharine, lovey-dovey, "chocolate is a great substitute for sex crap created specifically for the Muffin-topped, Dancing with the Stars watching, Michelina low-calorie-single-serving lunch crew.
Adhering to the standard rom-com formula, its unlikely to disappoint or surprise the audience it caters to, but features far too much contrivance and insincerity to stand out as anything of significance. (Sony)