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The Wedding planner

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam Shankman
Produced by Peter Abrams
Deborah Del Prete
Jennifer Gibgot
Robert L. Levy
Gigi Pritzker
Written by Michael Ellis
Pamela Falk
Starring Jennifer Lopez
Matthew McConaughey
Music by Mervyn Warren
Sander Selover
Cinematography Julio Macat
Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) January 26, 2001 (2001-01-26)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Italian

The Wedding Planner is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.

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Plot

Lopez plays a San Francisco wedding planner, Maria 'Mary' Fiore. She is too consumed with planning others' events to worry about her own personal life until she is saved from a nasty accident by Dr. Steve Edison (McConaughey).

Mary and Steve spend a wonderful evening in the park, watching an old movie (Two Tickets To Broadway), dancing and nearly kissing before being interrupted by an untimely rain shower. After glowing to her friends that she had finally found a man that she likes, she soon learns that Edison is engaged to her biggest client Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson).

Mary eventually agrees to plan their wedding. While shopping for flowers with Steve, Mary runs into her ex-fiancé and his pregnant wife. It is revealed the night of Mary's wedding rehearsal she found her then fiance kissing his high school girlfriend, to whom he's now married. Later that night Mary is drunk and is obsessing over her fiance leaving her. Steve comforts her and helps her throughout the night. After leaving Mary's apartment he shortly returns and pronounces his love for her. Mary declines saying she respects Fran too much to turn on her by stealing her fiancé.

After the revelation, Mary is reunited with a childhood friend Massimo (Justin Chambers) who asks her to marry him; after a slight hesitation, Mary uses a Scrabble board to spell "OK". Mary reaches the altar with Massimo, but their wedding is halted by her father who knows she is not truly in love with the groom-to-be. Meanwhile, Fran and Steve's wedding fails (due to their own doubts about marriage) and Steve rushes to city hall to try to stop Mary and Massimo's wedding himself. With help from Massimo, Steve finds Mary and asks her to dance at the park where they first met and fell in love.

Cast

Production

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Casting

The original actors set to play Mary and Steve were Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brendan Fraser, respectively. They were replaced with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Both couples eventually dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, leaving Lopez and McConaughey to be the eventual stars.

Locations

Many of the scenes were shot in Golden Gate Park, specifically at the Music Concourse (between the old De Young Museum and the old California Academy of Sciences) and the Japanese Tea Garden.Many scenes were also filmed at The Huntington Library and Gardens.

Reception

Box office

The movie was released on January 26, 2001 debuting at number 1 at the box office with $13,510,293 on the Super Bowl weekend. It grossed $60,400,856 domestically. Worldwide tally was $94,728,529.

The Wedding Planner debuted at #1, making Lopez the first actress and singer in history to have a film (The Wedding Planner) and an album (J. Lo) at #1 in the same week.

Critics

The film was not well received by critics, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 18% based on 101 reviews, and the critical consensus described it as "heavy-handed and contrived in its execution" and unoriginal.[1]

References

  1. ^ The Wedding Planner at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.

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