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The Wedding Dress (2001)

When Hannah Pinkham's fiancé writes he's finally shipping home, her mother makes a fairy tale wedding dress, but while she's fitting it the knock on the door is not him, but the dreaded ... See full summary »

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Sam Pillsbury

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Alexander Ignon (teleplay), Emily Tracy (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Travis Cleveland
Margaret Colin ... Madeline Carver
Tyne Daly ... Joan Delano
Kathryne Dora Brown ... Zoey Delano
Wolfgang Bodison ... Paul Rodericks
Kim Hawthorne ... Laura Rodericks
Jay Brazeau ... Art Panner
Peter Wingfield ... Steve Blaine
Donnelly Rhodes ... Deke Johannsen
Natassia Malthe ... Lula (as Lina Teal)
Darcy Belsher Darcy Belsher ... Billy
Lauren Lee Smith ... Hannah Pinkham
Naomi Lawson-Baird Naomi Lawson-Baird ... Mary Pinkham
Jessica Schreier ... Ella Pinkham
Stefanie von Pfetten ... Cass (as Stefanie Von Pfetten)
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When Hannah Pinkham's fiancé writes he's finally shipping home, her mother makes a fairy tale wedding dress, but while she's fitting it the knock on the door is not him, but the dreaded officer-messenger. Years later she sends it to her nephew, photographer Travis Cleveland, but his model-bride Cass only pretends to like it to get rid of his loyal assistant. After he walks off with it, his car gets stolen with the dress in it... And it keeps passing on from person to person, but will anybody actually get married in it or does it just keep bringing bad luck to couples? Written by KGF Vissers

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This dress will change the lives of six brides forever.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La robe de mariée See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The "Birdemic" of romantic comedy
28 April 2011 | by fellissimoSee all my reviews

Nothing says "comedy" more than the death of a crucial character at the worst possible moment.

On the other hand, every single character who appeared on screen was so whiny/pathetic/stupid/slimy it made me want to kill each of them with a cake fork, so perhaps that death was actually the happy ending and all the rest was epilogue. Hard to say.

I spent most of the movie wondering, "Why is Barney (from "How I Met Your Mother") pretending to be such a clichéd sap?" Then I wondered, "Why is Neil Patrick Harris acting so badly? Is he being ironic? Or just taking care not to outshine everyone else? Or is it the dialogue sticking in his throat?" If a single couple in this movie stayed married more than 24 hours, I'm shocked. They were, quite simply, useless and charmless cliché-spewing androids. The dewy-eyed expressions of every sympathetic female character upon seeing the dress was a particular highlight (ditto the slobbering joy of every man on seeing said women wearing the dress).

The only part of the movie that made sense was the divorce.

Also, the dog's acting seemed fine.

By the halfway point, I was watching the movie for the pleasure of seeing my husband repeatedly bash himself over the head with a piece of styrofoam (you'll find this is a typical reaction to this film). We giggled more and more helplessly as the dialogue continued with heartfelt and subtle lines like: "It's even more beautiful than I remembered. . . and so are you. And so are you." Recommended drinking game: Drink whenever something bad happens to the dress; whenever a character does something criminally stupid; and whenever you swallow vomit due to a particularly heinous line of dialogue.

Actually, just drink without stopping. That's the only way to watch this movie.


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