The Happy Couple: Charlie (Jennifer Lopez) and Kevin (Michael Vartan)
The Hanger On: Viola (Jane Fonda)
What’s the situation? You can tell almost at once that dog-walker/artist/whatever Charlie and surgeon Kevin are meant to be together. That’s mostly because they’re on the poster, and also because their first date is swiftly followed by a montage – the very essence of love. But there’s a fly in the ointment: Kevin’s mother Viola, who’s been replaced in her news-reading job by a younger woman and now fears the same result with her son. Cue dirty tricks and hysterics on both sides as they battle for dull old Kevin’s affections. Finally Charlie meets Viola’s own awful mother-in-law and, fearing that the cycle will never end, calls off the wedding – only for Viola to reconsider and the two to actually speak like rational human beings until they’ve worked it all out. Who would have dreamed that could work?
Worst moment: Deciding to deliberately give your son’s fiancée something she’s allergic to, causing her to swell up like a balloon.
Moral of the story? Talk first, poison later.
|Does the wedding go ahead? || |
|Does true love triumph? || |
|Is there a run for love at the end? || |
|Comic relief from elderly relatives? || |
|Realism score ||3/10 |