Wedding Planner, The
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -1 1/2

THE WEDDING PLANNER is this year's valentine from Hollywood a light romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, two very appealing actors. She plays Mary, a successful, ambitious San Francisco wedding planner who oversees every detail of elaborate, high society weddings. Her career leaves no time for romance in spite of pressure from her old-fashioned Italian father. That is, until she is almost flattened by a runaway dumpster and saved by handsome pediatrician Steve Edison (McConaughey). The stars in her eyes quickly fade, however, when she discovers hes the fianc of her newest client, Fran (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras). Both Mary and Steve attempt to ignore the chemistry between them as plans for the wedding continue. In the meantime, Mary's father brings her childhood playmate, Massimo (Justin Chambers), back into her life. How will this love story be resolved if we are to believe THE WEDDING PLANNER is indeed a valentine? Lots of comic situations keep the story light, but old-timers will agree Lopez and McConaughey are no Tracy and Hepburn.

One of the funniest scenes is also the most shocking, especially considering the audience will be young dating couples. While Mary and Steve shop for a suitable statue for the garden wedding, they accidentally tip over a nude, male Greek figure. The male genitals break off the statue and Mary attempts to re-attach the broken pieces under the watchful eye of a nearby guard. Fran admits she and Steve have been sexually involved since college, but confides in Mary that she worries if he will be the last man she ever sleeps with. Except for the statue, there is no nudity or near nudity and no sex scenes. The parents of the groom become intoxicated after consuming excessive wine while on a picnic, and Mary turns to wine as well when she becomes depressed over her personal life. Accidental mishaps, such as Mary's dangerous encounters with a dumpster and a runaway horse are tense but not violent. The dialogue is peppered with two obscenities, one regular profanity and several crudities. As in many recent films, anatomical terms for genitals are also used a few times. THE WEDDING PLANNER may embarrass those uncomfortable with the statue scene and disappoint those looking for dialogue free of profanities and obscenities.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Crude Language: Several (8) times Mild 3, moderate 5
Obscene Language: Few (2) times - S-word 1, other 1
Profanity: Several (5) times Regular 1 (GD), Exclamatory 4
Violence: None, but a few accidental mishaps (woman almost hit by runaway dumpster, then victim of runaway horse)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Once (full male frontal nude statue)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (woman repeats comical comment made about female genitals, prolonged scene of woman repairing nude statue)
Drug Abuse: Alcohol (drunkenness from wine drinking few times)
Other: Premarital sex implied as acceptable
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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