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The Accidental Husband (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  29 February 2008 (Ireland)
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When talk radio host Emma Lloyd advises one of her listeners to break up with her boyfriend, the jilted ex sets about getting his revenge.


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Emma Lloyd has made a career out of her sensible, mature and responsible approach to relationships. She has a hit radio talk show, an impending book deal, and a loving relationship with her fiancé, Richard, a conventional sort-which is precisely what Emma is drawn to. Then Emma finds out that she is already married to a man she's never met before, a result of a misguided prank that leaves her bewildered and very confused. Worse than that, her plans for the future are now threatened. With her wedding just around the corner, Emma must find the mystery man and obtain an annulment. Emma tracks down her "accidental husband" - Patrick, a charming and handsome neighborhood fireman, with a big secret...that he was behind the "accidental" marriage. Unable to fess up, Patrick goes along with the ruse pretending to be just as baffled as Emma. While at first their opposite approaches to life create much tension and chaos, Emma soon starts to admire his carefree passion for life and doubt her own ... Written by Orange

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Forget Mr. Right, start looking for Mr. Wrong See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 February 2008 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Marido por accidente  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£703,631 (UK) (29 February 2008)


£2,072,869 (UK) (14 March 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this film, Uma Thurman is an expert who gives advice to callers of a radio programme. In The Truth about Cats and Dogs, she plays a model who pretends to be an expert who gives advice to callers on a radio show. See more »


When Richard and Emma are sitting on the bed near the start of the movie and he has just brought in some takeaway coffee, the coffee cups disappear and reappear during the scene, or change from being side-by-side to one being inside the other. See more »


Emma: You can't find something if you don't know what you're looking for.
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Written by Scott Nickoley & Jamie Dunlap
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Accident that didn't wait to happen
31 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yet another Hollywood chick-flick rom-com about a central character in a ridiculous far-removed from reality occupation - Uma Thurman - as a novelist-cum-radio-talk-show host to the love-lorn of New York who through coincidence, farce and of course true love finds herself spurning decent guy Colin Firth for the quirky charms of Jeffrey Dean-Morgan's smouldering fireman, whose love-life she explodes on-air, with some ill-considered eve-of-wedding advice to his confused fiancée.

Thurman and Vincent's characters are paper thin so far as depth is concerned and have no chemistry whatsoever, Sam Shepard is plain irritating as Thurman's young-at-heart right-on father plus just what the significance of having Morgan live above an Indian restaurant and thus interacting incomprehensibly with the many-membered family beneath is anyone's guess, other than to plague the soundtrack with numerous Eastern-sounding pop-songs. There isn't enough nous in the direction to paint up Colin Firth's character as a bad guy in any way, which might just have added a little tension to the piece.

I can only think the writer / director thought to splice together bits of Holly and Bolly-wood trademarks and hope for a trans-continental hit. If so, the target was missed by about the size of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans combined.

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