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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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Adam Shankman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Mary Fiore
Matthew McConaughey ... Steve Edison
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Fran Donolly
Justin Chambers ... Massimo
Judy Greer ... Penny
Alex Rocco ... Salvatore
Joanna Gleason ... Mrs. Donolly
Charles Kimbrough ... Mr. Donolly
Kevin Pollak ... Dr. John Dojny
Fred Willard ... Basil St. Mosely
Lou Myers ... Burt Weinberg
Frances Bay ... Dottie
Kathy Najimy ... Geri
Cortney Shounia Cortney Shounia ... Mary Fiore - Age 7
Philip Pavel ... Benton
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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

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Trivia

Bree Turner, who plays the bride needing comforting by Jennifer Lopez at the beginning of the movie, also opened another wedding movie, as a bridesmaid in the opening title sequence performance in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997). Fan theories claim it was her playing the same character, still unlucky in love. See more »

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After Steve saves Mary and Mary's subsequent hospital stay,Steve tells Mary that he only treats pediatric patients. In the same scene, Steve checks Mary's blood pressure with an adult blood pressure cuff when a pediatric pressure cuff should be the norm, as it is a children's hospital. However it is a hospital and of course would have adult equipment around. A child's arm cuff would not work properly on an adult arm. See more »

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Massimo: [to Steve] Look planning a wedding isn't for men. We stick together and do the manly bonding.
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Alternate Versions

UK version was edited for language (a single sexual expletive) to secure a PG rating. An uncut 12 rating was available to the distributor (Pathé). See more »

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Referenced in Providence: The Wedding Planner (2002) See more »

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Encantada
Written and Produced by Sourcerer
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Only of your girlfriend really wants to see it.
12 July 2001 | by chrisbrown6453See all my reviews

The Wedding Planner tells an identifiable story about falling in love and failing to recognize it.

The Wedding Planner stars Jennifer Lopez as Mary Fiore, a hardworking, beautiful, single woman of Italian descent, who has made a reputable career as a wedding planner. Fully dedicated to her work, Mary successfully coordinates all the details of her wealthy clients' weddings. She even acts as a kind of therapist, transmitting to the brides and grooms-to-be the optimism that relieves them of their "second-thoughts", and that allows them to fulfill their true dreams of marrying. Yet one day, a literal "faux pas" turns Mary's orderly life upside-down: she walks across a street and gets her shoe stuck in a manhole. Just then, a dumpster menacingly rolls down the steep San Francisco street, towards her. Noticing that the dumpster is rapidly gaining speed, a young man rushes to help Mary out of her dilemma. The two are instantly enveloped by the rush of the moment, falling victims to love at first sight. Soon, however, fate shows its cruel side, proving that the handsome Steve Edison (Mathew McConaughey) is tied to Fran Donelly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), one of Mary's most promising clients. In the meantime Salvatore (Alex Rocco), Mary's concerned father, tries to inspire her to consider her childhood inamorato Massimo (Justin Chambers), who just arrived from Italy. Torn between acting sensibly and fulfilling her long suppressed dreams of marrying, Mary must first determine which love is the one destined for her.

The Wedding Planner exploits the physical beauty of its star (Lopez) and emphasizes her character's style and professionalism at work, while defining her personality as that of a free-spirited, down-to-earth person who enjoys dancing and playing Bingo with her father and his elderly friends. Similarly, her costar (McConaughey) is depicted as a good-looking, sensitive man who enjoys his work as a pediatrician. However, the film's secondary characters, especially Mary's family, friends and coworkers, are sketchy and mostly inconsequential. Thus, The Wedding Planner creates a story that solely revolves around the coupling of its two main characters; a choice which makes The Wedding Planner's plot extremely predictable, although at times amusing. While the plot complications are limited to the unavailability of either of the two main characters (where Steve is unable to abandon his prior commitments and Mary is ready to take up new ones), The Wedding Planner is most enjoyable when it creates romantic settings for its lovesick characters.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,510,293, 28 January 2001

Gross USA:

$60,400,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,728,529
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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