Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 6, 2011 Released by: Warner Brothers
While Kate Hudson plays Darcy as if she were Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Proda, Ginnifer Goodwin's Rachel is sweet and sincere and supported of her unappealing friend.
If Hudson is obnoxious and overbearing just about everyone else is bland and passive. Dex (Colin Egglesfield) is the target of each of the women, but Hudson goes after him and his wealthy family as Goodwin passively moves around the other two as they plan a wedding. It appears that only the characters in the film don't understand how the film is going to end, but we know what will happen.
We all want to yell at Dex to run from Darcy, but his father, and overbearing Geoff Pierson and his passive mother (Jill Eikenberry) want the wedding to go without a fault and even pledge a two million dollar house as part of keeping the wedding deal going. We wonder what these parents have in mind, Darcy is no prize and will only make their son miserable. Dex for his part is fearful of leaving Darcy and upsetting dad.
Dex even with his determination to place himself in a lifetime with Darcy isn't opposed to spending a night with Rachel, but that evening brings him nightmares and scenes in his mind from Michael Douglas' Basic Instinct, which are the only laughs in the script.
As one of the characters says to Rachel near the end of the film "This is just pathetic," to describe her situation he also summarized the film.