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.





Transformers Dark of the Moon (2011)

Director: Michael Bay

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington- Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, Kevin Dunn, John Malkovich, Julie White, Alan Tudyk


Story A few years after past since the last attack, all seems normal now with the Autobots help sort out human conflicts. On one mission an undiscovered Decepticon reveals a secret on the dark side of the moon. Turns out that the moon landing was to discover an Autobot, which crashed on the dark side of the moon.


Sam (LaBeouf) is now living in the big city with his new girl friend Carly (Huntington-Whiteley). Sam is on the hunt for a job after college, on of his last attempts is with the eccentric Bruce Brazor (Malkovich). While on his new job Sam learns of a conspiracy that the Decepticon are planning to use the Autobots to bring their planet to Earth and using the resources of Earth. Cue the over the top machine fights, action scenes and cheap one-liners.

Verdict Following on from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen this is a huge improvement, but lets face it, it wasn’t hard. The whole idea of in the story is something that all fans really wanted to see, one with epic battles. The action is way over the top but sit back and enjoy. The addition of more smaller characters extends an already too long a movie. Overall if you like you action you will like, if you like your epic fight scenes you will like. This is the best of the franchise to date.


Story Mark 9/10 The story feels like it was one of the cartoons but bought to life in spectacular effect.


Action Mark 10/10 Some of the best action sequences you will see, plus a recycled one.


Romantic Chemistry Mark 3/10 Carly and Sam really don’t look like a couple


Special Effects Mark 10/10 The Autobots versus Decepticons battles are epic.


Star Performances John Turturro as the first two he steals every scene.


Favourite Character Simmons (Turturro) – lives for the battles


Dutch (Tudyk) – Simmons assassin like personal assistant


Bruce Brazor – John Malkovich gets to play silly to good effect.


Dylan (Dempsey) everyone is used to him playing a good guy only here he plays a villainous role.


Poor Performance Rosie Huntington-Whiteley where to start you dump a already mediocre actress for a model who has never acted and you can tell.


Shia LaBeouf really this guy is over rated to a new level.


Least Favourite Character Sam he is meant to symbolise the normal guy but he is never anywhere close to normal.


Best Part the epic war zone like battle at the end.


Worst Part Bit too much focus on the Autobots and Decepticons rather than man will to survive.


Best Quote Simmons ‘Years from now they’re going to ask us: where were you when they took over the planet? We’re gonna say: we stood by and watched.’

Similar Too – Transforms 1, 2


My Rating 84%


Scream 3 (2000)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Kelly Rutherford, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Deon Richmond, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Patrick Warburton, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy
A few years have past now Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) is now a talk show host of a show called 100% cotton. After filming a cameo in ‘Stab 3’ Cotton gets a phone call from Ghost face who is going to kill his girlfriend Christine Hamilton (Kelly Rutherford). Ghost Face leaves a picture of Sidney’s mother at the scene of the crime.

Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) is high flying presenter now and as she knows about the Woodsboro the police ask her help Detective Mark Kincaid (Patrick Dempsey). Sidney (Neve Campbell) lives in the middle of nowhere working from home as a phone support worker.

Dewey (David Arquette) now works as a technical advisor on ‘Stab 3’ which production gets put into question. the director Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) and producer John Milton (Lance Henriksen) try to keep the film in production. The actors from the movie Tyson Fox (Deon Richmond), Tom Prinze (Matt Keeslar), Sarah Darling (Jenny McCarthy) Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer) and Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey).

With a video sent from Randy (Jamie Kennedy) giving the heroes the rules of trilogy. Having this information we are left to wonder who will survive this time and anyone could be the killer.

This being the third in the trilogy it was meant to be the last coming full circle and giving us the ending we were all looking forward too. Filled with twist and tension which goes to a higher level and even re-writing the history of the first two movies. The characters are all well developed to all be made out to be potential suspects. The final reveal is a big surprise. Still well worth a watch for slasher fans.

My rating is 70%