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

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

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.

Rating

 

 

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Ruby Sparks (2012)

posterDirector: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Writer: Zoe Kazan (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Aasif Mandvi, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould

 

Story: When writer Calvin Weir-Fields (Dano) who’s first book is considered a classic he just can’t find a way to get inspiration for his next novel.  One dream starts his mind working on something that could change his life forever. Ruby Sparks (Kazan) Calvin starts writing about a love story between him and her only what is real and what has he just made up?

 

Verdict:

 

Comedy: Some light hearted funny moments work nicely (8/10)

Romance: Good love story filled with everything that could go well or badly (9/10)

Suggestion: I would say that all fans of the romantic drama comedy genre would like this film it shows a different story of love and life. (9/10)

 

Star Performance Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan

Favourite Character Calvin

 

Best Part: The whole story is just great really should be watched

 

Similar Too: Stranger Than Fiction, 500 Days of Summer

 

Overall: This was really a special film yet again Paul Dano shines in a small romantic comedy drama and Zoe Kazan as well as writing this has a wonderful job a Ruby going through all the emotions of a relationship. This will give you a chance to think about what you could do with Calvin’s ability and whether you could change someone to be moulded into the person you want them to be. Scotty Calvin’s dog is also quite the little scene stealer always popping up when he most needs his trusted companion. After watching this I am left wondering why this films don’t get more success at the cinema as the story is one people will have related to but never had a chance to do anything about.

Rating 95%