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The Wedding Planner (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  26 January 2001 (USA)
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Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.


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Mr. Donolly
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Mary Fiore is the wedding planner. She's ambitious, hard-working, extremely organized, and she knows exactly what to do and say to make any wedding a spectacular event. Bt when Mary falls (literally) for a handsome doctor her busy yet uncomplicated life is turned upside down - he's the groom in the biggest wedding of her career! Will she help him walk down the aisle with his internet tycoon girlfriend, or will Mary finally get to be the bride herself? When it comes to love, you can never plan what's going to happen. Written by Ron Borgstedt <ronborgstedt@sbcglobal.net>

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A romantic comedy about love, destiny and other events you just can't plan for. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Experta en bodas  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,510,293 (USA) (26 January 2001)


£2,463,168 (UK) (27 April 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the first wedding, Jennifer Lopez's character Maria comforts the bride by complimenting her great thighs. This may be a small reference to the huge media focus on Jen's "big" thighs when she first began her singing career. See more »


When Mary's shoe gets stuck in the manhole cover, the same red car comes toward her in several of the shots and the distance changes with each one. See more »


Mrs. Kitty Donolly: Well, somebody stole my lucky mike. I can't sing without my lucky mike.
[Mary winks at Fran]
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Referenced in Providence: The Wedding Planner (2002) See more »


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A wedding planner with no relationship of her own is doubtful about love's existence, until she meets Steve.
29 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Jennifer Lopez is right at home playing the strong, intelligent professional, Mary, and despite her inability to properly tell a joke ("What, you think Kissinger wrote his own stuff?) or properly communicate strong emotion (like despair), she does well in the cutesy moments. Matthew McConaughey is charming as the conflicted Steve, and expertly plays both his character's dry, cynical side and his boyish joyfulness. The two play against one another well, unlike the boring Fran, whose idea of the perfect wedding song is Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You," and who can't seem to find one legitimate reason why she wants to marry Steve in the first place.

As there are no other true funny characters, Massimo is perhaps intended to provide the film's comic relief, but his "humor" flows less from witty screen writing and masterful delivery and more from the director's mistaken assumption that every line a character delivers in broken English must be funny. Overall, "The Wedding Planner" does a good job of fulfilling audience expectations and creating characters that, while likable, are simply rom-com archetypes. The true romantic, unsatisfied with paltry declarations of love and empty representations of it, hopes for a bit more.

Read my full review here: thecorrelationfilmblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/my-best-friends- weddingthe-wedding-planner/

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