Strong words to be sure, but Hemal really hated this movie. Not because of the largely phoned-in performances or the trite plot contrivances of the early-2000s romantic comedy, but because beneath the frothy back-and-forth is a punishingly narrow view of what women are permitted to be.
This is, of course, an episode of the beloved Ten Movies podcast from our Matthew McConaughey season, but we dusted it off because it’s a delightful romp, plus we have just now started the intense movie-watching for our new season and wanted to stall for time a bit more. And Kathryn Hahn was on our minds, since she plays a witch in the WandaVision show everyone is watching and despite serving as yet another cautionary tale for women in ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’, she’s always a treat to watch.
On our latest season of the Ten Movies podcast, we’re watching and discussing the movies of Jennifer Lopez. We took the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, so instead of a brand-new episode we’re dropping a fan favorite from last season into the podcast stream. Last season we focused on Matthew “All right, all right, all right” McConaughey and one of the ten movies we watched was ‘The Wedding Planner’ – featuring none other than Jennifer Lopez.
In romantic comedies, we know perfectly well the attractive lead characters are going to get together. Our enjoyment comes from how entertainingly the movie puts barriers in their way and (eventually) overcomes them. In this case, the barrier to true love comes from the fact that Matthew McConaughey is about to have a wedding with some other lady, and Jennifer Lopez is in charge of planning it.
Your podcast hosts were divided on this movie. Brian was aghast at the laziness of the screenwriting and storytelling (spoiler alert: they made McConaughey’s character a dishonest opportunist actively cheating on the woman he was about to marry, yet assumed the covenants and protocols of romantic comedies would prevent us from disliking him for any of that), while Hemal felt warmly towards it, mostly on the strength of J Lo’s presence and residual nostalgia from being a 14-year-old girl watching it every Sunday on cable TV.
Anyway, regardless of how you or we feel, what are you gonna do? Not watch high-budget romantic comedies? During the holiday season? Forget about it. Luckily, we are here to support you with high-quality, handcrafted audio content.