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The Accidental Husband (2008)

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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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Falling in love... even the expert is confused. See more »

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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)

Gross:

£2,072,869 (UK) (14 March 2008)
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays a firefighter on this movie. He made a previous appearance in ER: The Crossing (2001) as a firefighter that lost his leg during a rescue on train wreck. See more »

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When Emma gets her ring, the documents previously placed on the table are disappeared. When Richard leaves the table, the documents are also nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Wilder: [to Emma] You don't have to be so right all the time you know, it's okay to make a couple mistakes.
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Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Written by Pete Shelley
Performed by Nouvelle Vague
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An implausible waste of time and nothing more - 26%
9 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Another trip to the pictures and another anodyne rom-com lined up for me by the Better Half. I don't know whether I'm starting to get sick of films like this or whether this film has some pretty serious flaws but however you look at it, this really felt like a large waste of time. Sure, Uma Thurman looks good and if that's all you look for in a movie then fine but those of us expecting witty dialogue, a feel-good romance filled with unpredictable twists and turns or even half-decent acting will have to look elsewhere as this feels as witless and uninspired as its title.

Thurman plays New York radio love doctor Emma Lloyd, engaged to be married to her publicist Richard (Colin Firth) and also about to launch her book whilst dispensing advice on all matters of the heart. Unfortunately for fire fighter Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), she manages to convince his girlfriend to call off their wedding. Seeking revenge for having his heart broken, Patrick hacks into the State department and registers himself as being married to Emma (as you do!), throwing her whole life out of sync. But as the prank backfires, Patrick and Emma forget their initial dislike of the other and are forced to confront the growing attraction between them.

Even forgetting the complete lack of plausibility, "The Accidental Husband" is a tiresome slog through every rom-com stereotype you can think of. Its absence of imagination, chemistry and genuine humour kill it from the off, meaning that this movie was never destined to be an absolute classic. Thurman, whilst looking a million dollars, comes across like some spoilt poor little rich kid, Firth is underused and woefully under-developed (why does he stress-eat, for example?) while Morgan is less like Brad Pitt and more like Brad Garrett - hardly ideal qualities for a romantic leading man. The movie has a few moments that raise a smile but never anything to make you choke on your popcorn with laughter or worse, nothing you haven't seen a million times before. Personally, the guy who deserves most credit is the guy nobody will remember when they leave the theatre - Ajay Naidu as Patrick's Indian friend Deep gets the best lines and the best scenes but he simply doesn't appear often enough to warrant the price of a cinema ticket.

I had reasonable hopes for this after spotting the trailer when I was dragged to see... I mean, when I went to watch "PS - I Love You" at the start of the year but I'm afraid "The Accidental Husband" is a long way short of even that. It's one-dimensional and about as dumb a movie as you're likely to see this year until "Meet The Spartans" is released. If you've not seen a rom-com for a while then maybe this might do the trick but quite frankly, there are much better films out there than this hair-brained nonsense. And even if rom-coms are your thing and you see them with frightening regularity (even if it's not through choice!), "The Accidental Husband" will be largely forgotten. Now, where's my receipt..?


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