58 user 53 critic

The Accidental Husband (2008)

1:41 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.





Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hope Springs (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Mary Steenburgen
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a regular guy dumps a superhero for her neediness, she uses her powers to make his life a living hell.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris
Easy Virtue (2008)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future - blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.

Director: Stephan Elliott
Stars: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York City divorce lawyers find love.

Director: Peter Howitt
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey
Prime (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A career driven professional from Manhattan is wooed by a young painter, who also happens to be the son of her psychoanalyst.

Director: Ben Younger
Stars: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor
Fourplay (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Set in London, the film follows the intertwining relationships of two couples, who spend much of their time together, both when working and in private.

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Mike Binder, Colin Firth, Mariel Hemingway
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt
Made of Honor (2008)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A guy in love with an engaged woman tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor.

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »

Director: Helen Hunt
Stars: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler
Main Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today's ... See full summary »

Director: John Doyle
Stars: Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras


Cast overview, first billed only:
Yolande Bavan ...
Mrs. Bollenbecker


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

wedding | advice | book | fireman | revenge | See All (46) »


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 »

Parents Guide:






| |

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Marido por accidente  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£703,631 (UK) (29 February 2008)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In this film, Uma Thurman is an expert who gives advice to callers of a radio program. In 'The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)' , 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.
See more »


Referenced in El Reviewer Random: New in Town (2012) See more »


Written by John Cacavas and Hal David
Provided by APM Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Better Than Expected
15 March 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The reviews for this movie had not been good, although reviews for romantic comedies are notoriously unreliable. RomComs are not high art, and while there is still an abundance of difference between a good RomCom and a bad one, they are light entertainment and benefit from being viewed as such.

Accidental Husband certainly had flaws, but was still a lot of fun. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a funny bloke, Uma is Uma (always at least good), Colin Firth is assured as always. I was impressed with an exchange between Jeffrey and Colin's characters which was unusually realistic for this sort of movie.

Some commentators have expressed displeasure at the fate of Colin's character because they like the actor, but it is only a character.

The involvement of the Indian family was slightly curious, but enjoyable, and Ajay Naidu put in a solid performance as Deep.

If you are after a RomCom and you can cope with a bit of logical nonsense, you should find this an enjoyable diversion.

15 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What the @#! is a ring ding? (I'm NOT from the USA) PhoenixFireWalker
Colin Firth fans - gotta hate this one! Meeep
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is HOT in this movie holmes_virginia
Loved It!!! indomitablespirit-1
US Release? rainbow8112
Colin Firth margiefront
Discuss The Accidental Husband (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: