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Citizen's Critique - The Wedding Planner

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The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, is a bit of cinematic fluff perfect as a date movie or for a girls' night out. The acting isn't stellar, the plot fairly untwisted, the sets and cinematography unoriginal -- but for all that, I enjoyed it. It helped that my expectations were low and that Jennifer, Matthew and Bridgette are all attractive people more or less having fun with fairly sparse material. The plot is so untwisted that, even when the movie reaches its inevitable conclusion, no character is terribly hurt or surprised by the events that bring the leading lovers together -- finally.


The only truly offensive part of the movie, in fact, is the drab hairstyle Jennifer Lopez wears throughout. Perhaps it is part of the movie's way of illustrating that even this stunningly beautiful person can be unlucky in love. Or maybe it is just a bad hairstyle. Girls' night out could wait for the video, but as a date movie you'd better see this one in the theater. At home, one of you might fall asleep.