ABC Film Challenge – Romance – M – Made of Honour (2008)

Director: Paul Weiland

Writer: Adam Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont (Screenplay) Adam Sztykiel (Story)

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kadeem Hardison, Chris Messina, Richmond Arquette, Busy Philipps


Plot: A guy in love with an engaged woman tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor.

Tagline – He’ll do anything to get the groom out of the picture.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes


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Verdict: Solid Romantic Comedy


Story: Made of Honour starts as we learn how Tom (Dempsey) and Hannah (Monaghan) met in college, the two become best friends over the next 10 years, sharing their stories of their weeks, both professional and personal moments.

When Hannah travels for work, Tom realizes that he does have feelings for her determined to tell her once she returns, when she does return she breaks the news that she met someone Colin (McKidd) and they are getting married, wanting Tom to be her maid of honour.  Tom now knows the limit to tell Hannah how he feels about her and get rid of Colin.


Thoughts on Made of Honour


Characters – Tom is a serial womaniser whose best friend is a woman he never hooked up, he has a friendship with her that transcends any form of physical, but when he learns she is getting married he starts to realize he needs to be with her and will go out of his way to show her how he feels. Hannah is the best friend of Tom, she doesn’t care about his behaviour with how he treats women, an art specialist that falls in love while on a trip to Scotland. She asked Tom to be her maid of honour as she plans for her dream. Colin is the Scotsman that Hannah falls in love with, part of the high society in Scotland that seems like the perfect man at first.  

PerformancesPatrick Dempsey was a great choice for the leading role, he has the charm needed for this role. Michelle Monaghan is a good choice for a romantic lead because she always gives us a genuine performance of a real woman. Kevin McKidd makes for a good supporting man that gets the laughs when needed through the film.

StoryThe story here follows two best friends that have never been more than friends getting to a stage of their lives when things take a turn, so When Harry Met Sally. While this does do for the film it can take away moments of needed for the film, we have strange character decisions being made and an overly drastic decision to get married. If you do like your rom coms you will enjoy this one, it follows the rules well, but I didn’t get the sudden change in Tom’s character though.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film hits for the most part, we get good laughs even if we don’t get a laugh a minute, the romance side of the film shows us just how you could be missing something that is right under your nose.

SettingsThe film gives us the New York setting which is an old favourite for the romantic movies while also have parts of the film in Scotland which show us the different culture the two are in.

Scene of the Movie –
The Highland Games.

That Moment That Annoyed Me How America portrays Scotland.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that will be enjoyed by the rom com fans out there, they will enjoy what they see through this film.


Overall: Rom com fans to enjoy.




The Gift (2015)

logoDirector: Joel Edgerton

Writer: Joel Edgerton (Screenplay)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Allison Tolman, Tim Griffin, Busy Philipps, Adam Lazarre-White, Beau Knapp

Plot: A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

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Verdict: Tension Filled Thriller

Story: The Gift starts with Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) moving back to California for Simon’s new job, they find the perfect house with stunning views of the neighbourhood. While being out and about in the town shopping Gordo (Edgerton) approaches them because he is an old friend of Simon’s from school, trying to get to get a chance to get to know each other again the couple swap numbers and think nothing more of the meeting.

Things start getting strange for Simon & Robyn as Gordo continues to give them gifts but we learn that Simon isn’t really as close to Gordo as Gordo believes. When Simon finally tell Gordo to leave the couple alone things take a turn for the worse when Gordo steals their dog and has been lying about everything he has told them or is there more to the story.

The Gift is a revenge thriller that has that constant feel of tension, we don’t have anything over the top happening though, which isn’t a bad thing because when certain films go over the top we end up feeling slightly left think that couldn’t happen. The scariest part of this film is that it could very well happen and until the final moment nothing that happens comes off remotely unrealistic. This is what drives the story to the levels it reaches and shows just how you need to learn to be careful what you do in your life.

Actor Review

Joel Edgerton: Gordo nicknames Gordo ‘the Weirdo’ who comes back into the life of an old school friend Simon, but he starts giving them gifts and appearing at the house when Simon isn’t around trying to become friends with Robyn. He starts acting strange with all his action but realizes he has come too far he decides to apologise for his action before everything gets out of control again. Joel gives us a great performance where he doesn’t do too much creepy but still ends up coming off creepy.gordo

Jason Bateman: Simon moves along with his wife to California to start a new job, he tries to be nice to Gordo but soon gets tired of him appearing in his life and asks him to leave because he knows they were never really friends in the first place. Jason gives us a good performance playing a complete asshole through the film.simon

Rebecca Hall: Robyn is the working from home wife of Simon who also suffered a miscarriage before they moved to California, she tries to be friendly with Gordo because she never knew anything about the previous history between Gordo and Simon. Rebecca gives us a good performance of a lady struggling with idea of potentially being watched.robyn

Support Cast: The Gift has a supporting cast that mostly includes the people filling in the stories about what happened and showing us what Simon really is like.

Director Review: Joel Edgerton Joel gives us a tense thriller that keeps us guessing from start to finish creating great atmosphere throughout.

Mystery: The Gift keeps you guessing to what really happened in the past with Simon and Gordo.

Thriller: The Gift keeps you wondering just what is Gordo’s point in his gifts until we learn the truth we just don’t know how far it will go.

Settings: The Gift has most of the film happening in the family home which shows how easy it is to potentially get stalked there.
Special Effects: The Gift doesn’t really use special effects because everything is mind games really.

Suggestion: The Gift is a film that should be watched this year, it will surprise a lot of people with how simple the idea is. (Watch)

Best Part: The idea is so simple and effective.

Worst Part: If you are expecting scares you will be let down.

Favourite Quote: GordoYou think you’re done with the past, but the past is not done with you.

Believability: What happens in this could easily be a story we all could see happening.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Shutter without the ghosts.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $27 Million

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Not Every Gift Is Welcome.

Trivia: As he wanted to focus on directing, Edgerton filmed his own scenes as Gordo two weeks into shooting and completed them in seven days.

Overall: Tension is the name of the game and it hits on every roll of the dice