Wow. Another crappy Robin Williams comedy.
I still like the guy - I really do - but how does he manage to do so many bad comedies? Is it that the writers think Williams is so funny that he can make up for any shortcomings of the film? If so, they must have thought that Williams is really, really funny, because License to Wed is just dreadfully dull. It's as if the writers went on strike half a year early just for this film, and the director refused to cross the picket lines, too.
License to Wed stars John Krasinski as pretty much the same character he plays in "The Office", a likable, slightly awkward guy with a straight-line sense of humor. When he and his fiancée (Mandy Moore) go in to talk to her family's pastor about wedding arrangements, they both find themselves way in over their heads. Reverend Frank (Williams) is crazy, to say the least, and he has a mandatory pre-marriage program that will test the wills and endurance of everyone. As you might imagine, things get so bad that Krasinski and Moore break up, only for everything to come together at the end.
While the concept is funny in theory, things just don't always work out how they read on paper. Williams has a few gags, but his stuff is so over the top that it's hard to handle. I really hate movies about some nice guy whose relationship gets torn apart by some third party over absolutely ridiculous circumstances. Movies don't have to be completely believable, but in the real world, no female, even the craziest of them, would completely ignore their boyfriend's logical explanation of certain things. License to Wed is just the latest in this genre of absolutely pathetic romantic comedies, and I'm fed up.
The movie pretty much consists of Krasinski freaking out about some horrible thing that Williams has cooked up to test the relationship, and Moore completely ignoring what is right in front of her. It's funny for about five minutes and then gets old. And there's still an hour and a half to go.
License to Wed is a complete waste of time. While some cheesy romantic comedies are still entertaining, License to Wed is so flat and implausible it's hard to get into the picture at all. This movie is a complete waste of some good comedic talent.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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