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It Had to Be You (2000)

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Two strangers meet and fall in love during the weekend that they are planning their respective weddings.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anna Penn
... Charlie Hudson
... Henry Taylor
... Tracy Meltempi
... Madelaine
... Mel
Phyllis Newman ... Judith Penn
... Claire Parker
Lorraine Mazzola ... Mindy
... Ricky Valentino
George Ede ... Father Fitzpatrick
... Jewelry Saleswoman (as Hilary B. Smith)
Phil Stein ... Bobby Love
... Mickey
... Mrs. Allen
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Charlie Hudson, a retired crisis negotiator for the NYPD, is engaged to Claire Parker, a beautiful and successful business woman. Claire has planned a weekend in New York registering at Bergdorf Goodman, staying at The Plaza Hotel, etc., laying the foreground for the ensuing wedding. Due to an unexpected business opportunity, Claire is called away. Anna Penn, a school teacher, is scheduled to register for her wedding with fiancée' David Allen, an advertising executive, who is unable to partake in the weekend. Consequently, Charlie and Anna end up spending the next three days planning their respective weddings together. Over the course of the weekend they consult with an embittered cast of wedding advisers who, while helping them plan, simultaneously deconstruct the institution of marriage as a whole. Henry Taylor, Charlie's old partner and best friend, drowns himself in his police work and embraces an addiction with alcohol to escape his personal loneliness. Tracey Meltempi, Anna's ... Written by Anonymous

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Love is what happens when you're busy making other plans.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for a scene of sensuality and some language | See all certifications »
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11 February 2000 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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This movie was produced in 1998 as displayed in the end credits but due to contractual problems it was not released for distribution until 2000. See more »

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[Henry and Charlie in the hotel bar. Henry sees Anna, Charlie looks and catches her eye. She waves, he smiles]
Henry: What's that about?
Charlie: Oh, we took the elevator up together...
Henry: That's it? That's the big juice?
Charlie: What do you want me to say? Okay...She's a spy and we're both planning on making love before we're assassinated by the CIA.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Etta James
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A very sweet story, told quietly and with dignity
1 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Anna is a teacher who is in the big city to register at a large department store for her approaching wedding. Charlie, a writer, is there for the same reason. Their partners, it seems, have very busy lives and have left it to Anna and Charlie to deal with the mundane tasks of their engagements. It happens that Anna and Charlie meet at the store and strike up a conversation. When they run into each other later at a restaurant, they decide to share a meal. It appears a friendship is blossoming. Throughout a week, they will meet several times. Is the "just friends" routine becoming something else? This is nice, dignified story about two adults who go down a road that each of them did not expect to travel on. Engaged to others, they share a mutual attraction but make it clear that promises to their partners are very important to them. This makes the demise uncertain. Henstridge and Vartan are very elegant and attractive people who convey their mixed-up feelings effortlessly. The costumes and sets are alluring, too. If you would like to try an adult love story with scruples and gentle humor, for a change, this one is quite lovely.


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