The Accidental Husband

2010-04-23 08:26
 
The Accidental Husband

What it's about:

Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) has it all: a happening career as a relationship therapist with her own radio talk show and a new book on the way, a dashing fiancée and the admiration of the women of New York. She dishes out uncompromising advice to her callers, even advising one woman to dump her fireman fiancée just days before their wedding. The jilted party, Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) gets his revenge by marrying Emma without her knowledge and ruining her own marriage plans with publisher Richard (Colin Firth).

What we thought:

What is it about Colin Firth that screams, "He is definitely the type of guy women would walk all over"? Because, as far as I'm concerned, he is the LAST MAN ON EARTH I would even consider treating the way women like Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) have. And true to illogical form, Uma Thurman gets a chance to make the stupefyingly dumb choice in this tragically boring and unimaginative romantic farce.

Slighting Colin Firth is just the beginning of the writers' crimes – all three of them! All women! Honestly, this is making less sense the more I think about it. In a show of macho-ness, the wounded Patrick Sullivan (played by Grey's Anatomy's ghostly Denny Duquette) feels the inescapable need to show know-it-all Dr. Emma Lloyd just who is boss by playing a little 'prank' on her. He bribes his teenage neighbour to hack into the government's social security database (the US version of our Home Affairs) and tamper with Emma's marriage status to say that she is now married to him. I think that's what you'd call a felony.

And unlike the professional, accomplished person she's appears to be, Emma's resolve naturally wilts like a lily in the desert when she comes to know this mysterious Patrick Sullivan. And so what if he is a New York fireman who looks like a dream in that uniform (a cheap shot to win the female audience over, if ever there was one) and pretty much defines the tall, dark and handsome trifecta? He was exposed as a manipulative jerk early on so any charm offensives from his end are just about null and void.

Thurman is almost unwatchable as Emma is reduced to a simpering mess, sacrificing her intellect and good judgment for some vacuous scenes that involve her getting blind drunk in a bar full of boorish firemen, putting on a ridiculous pretense of being engaged to Patrick to impress an investor and his wife, and generally behaving like a lovesick loser. How very unbecoming.

The Accidental Husband might be a light bit of schmaltz, but that doesn’t mean it has to be so insipid as to insult its audience. Sorry to break it to you, but romantic comedies do not have immunity when it comes to criticism, especially when they are the worst offenders of cliché and chauvinism. And here we have one of the shoddier efforts. Only Firth, poor guy, manages to walk away with some semblance of dignity intact, playing the sweetest, most loving guy a woman could hope for. I doubt this role would have done any damage to his career anyway.

Everyone else though, including Isabella Rosselini, should hang their heads in shame.
 

Insipid, chauvinistic and an embarrassing showcase for the wealth of talent involved. Romcoms have just met a new low.

Garlando 2010/04/26 10:56 AM
Not the best movie ever, but definitely not "embarrassing". Rather enjoyed it in a sit back, relax and don't think kind of way. Do like Colin Firth though and don't like seeing him lose out but it worked out well in the end.
Garlando 2010/04/26 10:57 AM
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Not the best movie ever, but definitely not "embarrassing". Rather enjoyed it in a sit back, relax and don't think kind of way. Do like Colin Firth though and don't like seeing him lose out but it worked out well in the end.
Weird 2010/04/27 8:41 AM
This movie was released on February 2008. I've even rented it from my local video store like two months ago. Why is it only now showing in cinemas? This is weird, man.
Lighten Up 2010/04/28 11:49 AM
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The movie achieved exactly what is was supposed to. Its a light romantic comedy. Shaheema, you are obviously not a fan of this side of the comedy spectrum. Please dont be so narrow minded. There are more than just one type of romantic comedies. Go rent 20+ more romantic comedies and watch them with an OPEN mind... then look back at Accidental Husband and judge again. In my opinion this movie was without a doubt better than average when it comes to other "romcoms" in this specific genre
Janey 2010/04/28 2:48 PM
@ Weird,,, me too, I watched this movie ages ago..
Elizabeth 2010/04/28 4:29 PM
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I am so with you on this one. The impulsive guy who doesn't take no for an answer and doesn't stop for a moment to think about the consequences of his actions "gets the girl", and the mature man who respects her wishes "lets her go". Probably after realizing she is childish and dishonest and he's better off without her! But movies glamorizing unhealthy relationship traits as "romantic" is one of my pet peeves, and this happens to fit the bill for 99% of romantic comedies in which behavior which in real life would be considered stalking or harassment is somehow seen as romantic.
Issues 2010/04/28 4:44 PM
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Okay then, I think someone's got issues...
JK 2010/04/28 4:53 PM
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@Issues: It's always 'issues' when a WOMAN expresses a strong opinion. 'Romantic comedies' are rife with gender inequalities, and its always made to seem as if its in the woman's best interests to just surrender to men. I've had enough of it too.
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