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License to Wed

Promotional movie poster
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Produced by Mike Medavoy
Robert Simonds
Written by Kim Barker
Tim Rasmussen
Vince Di Meglio
Wayne Lloyd
Starring Robin Williams
Mandy Moore
John Krasinski
Eric Christian Olsen
DeRay Davis
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography John Bailey
Editing by Kathryn Himoff
Studio Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 3 2007 UK August 28 2007
Running time 1 hr. 31 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $35,000,000
Gross revenue $71,128,322 (Worldwide)

License to Wed (spelled Licence to Wed outside the United States) is a 2007 comedy film starring Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, and John Krasinski and directed by Ken Kwapis. The film was released in theaters on July 3 2007.



Sadie Jones (Mandy Moore) has always longed to marry the man of her dreams in her family church. Though she has found her lifetime companion in Ben Murphy (John Krasinski), Sadie is distressed to learn that St. Augustine's has only one wedding slot available over the next two years, though after re-checking their planning book, they find that the wedding can be held in three weeks.

While Sadie and Ben do qualify for the slot, the church's eccentric minister, Reverend Frank (Robin Williams), will not wed the couple until they agree to attend his prenuptial course (shortened, due to the new date, from three months to three weeks). Now as their wedding date draws near, Sadie and Ben must now follow all of Reverend Frank's rules, attend his unusual classes, and complete a series of homework assignments designed specifically to irritate one another — in order to get past puppy love and ensure that their union will have a sound foundation.

To Ben's dismay, one of Frank's rules is no pre-marital sex. On behalf of Frank, his young assistant breaks into the couple's house and bugs it. Thus, Frank and his assistant can listen to all conversations, though Frank doesn't let his assistant listen to the adult parts. Ben discovers the microphone/ transmitter but does not tell Sadie, for fear she will accuse him of lying and planting the bug himself.

In one part of the course, the couple has to care for twin "creepy robot" babies. They get on Ben's last nerve and he destroys one, to the horror of bystanders in a department store. Shortly before the wedding, Sadie changes her mind, among other things because Ben has not prepared marriage vows as Frank instructed them to do, but instead drew a truck. Sadie goes on vacation to Jamaica, their slated honeymoon destination. Ben and Frank travel there too. Ben writes his vows on the sands of the beach to impress Sadie and they reconcile, and Frank marries them there.


Critical reception and box-office grosses

Critical reaction to the film was overwhelmingly negative. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 7% rating and a critical consensus of "broad and formulaic".[3] rated it a 3.6 out of 10, citing 25 generally negative reviews out of 30 for its rating.[4] It was reviewed in Variety as "an astonishingly flat romantic comedy, filled with perplexing choices." Numerous reviewers, including Brian Lowry of Variety and MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Philosopher[5] described Williams' character as "creepy" and more worthy of a horror-film villain than a comic lead.

The film raked in $10,422,258 USD in its first opening weekend opening at #4 at the U.S. Box Office behind Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille and The Transformers, which opened at #1. As of November 11, 2007, it has grossed $43.8 million domestically and $69.3 million worldwide,[6] both career highs for Mandy Moore as a lead actress, and still a box office success after a $35 million reported budget.


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Filming took place partially at First Congregational Church in Long Beach, California, as well as other locations around Long Beach.


For the promotion of his film, Williams gave an interview on NBC where he joked about Catholic priests as pedophiles, which prompted critical reaction in some segments of the press.[7][8]


Four cast members from the U.S. television show The Office appeared in this film: John Krasinski, Angela Kinsey, Mindy Kaling and Brian Baumgartner.


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