Director: Paul Weiland
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan,
Kevin McKidd, Kathleen Quinlan, Sydney Pollack
RunTime: 1 hr 41 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/madeofhonor/
Opening Day: 15 May 2008
For Tom (Patrick Dempsey), life is good: he's sexy, successful,
has great luck with the ladies, and knows he can always rely
on Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), his delightful best friend
and the one constant in his life. It's the perfect setup until
Hannah goes overseas to Scotland on a six-week business trip...
and Tom is stunned to realize how empty his life is without
her. He resolves that when she gets back, he'll ask Hannah
to marry him – but is floored when he learns that she
has become engaged to a handsome and wealthy Scotsman and
plans to move overseas. When Hannah asks Tom to be her "maid"
of honor, he reluctantly agrees to fill the role... but only
so he can attempt to woo Hannah and stop the wedding before
it's too late.
There is always a trend where an actor gets his big break
on a hit television series and then crosses over to the big
screen to take on leading roles. Patrick Dempsey is another
addition to this trend. Following the footsteps of his “Grey’s
Anatomy” co-star Katherine Heigl, he has now starred
in two hit films: last year’s “Enchanted”
and this year’s “Made of Honour”.
plays the role of Tom, a womanizer since his college days
without any care in his world, except for his father (Sydney
Pollack) and his schoolmate/best friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan).
After ten years since they knew each other, Tom finally realizes
that Hannah is the one for him, but she still treats Tom as
a friend. Furthermore, knowing Tom’s habit of flirting
around, she doesn’t think too highly of him as a life
partner. Just when Tom decides to declare his feelings, Hannah
drops a bombshell that she is marrying Colin (Kevin McKidd),
a Scottish duke she met during her business trip to Scotland.
To add insult to injury, Hannah chooses Tom to be her maid
of honour for her wedding. This is when Tom seizes the chance
to get close to her so that he can steal the bride, so to
selling point of this film is the novelty of having a man
being appointed as a maid of honour, and what a novelty it
has to be to sustain interest in the film for about 100 minutes.
Fortunately, this is not the only pulling factor for the film.
Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan have great chemistry
as a couple, ensuring that viewers would want to see them
together when the end credits roll. The supporting characters
are a pleasure to watch as well, from Hannah’s group
of bridesmaids to the equally womanizing Tom’s father
who is into his sixth marriage. The ones who stand out for
me are Tom’s basketball buddies, who never fail to amuse
every time they are onscreen.
jokes in the movie are of the light-hearted sort, but there
is one that leaves a lasting impression because of its sexual
innuendo. Just keep a lookout shortly after the opening sequence
when Tom visits Hannah at the art gallery. Another running
joke is on Hannah’s grandmother, whose liking for accessories
makes anything seem fashionable.
this film is not without flaws. We are supposed to be convinced
that Tom tends to fool around, but Patrick Dempsey is just
not sly enough and seems too nice a guy to fit that description.
The character of Colin is so two-dimensional that we don’t
get to know him more than the fact that he is a gentleman.
Also, as with other typical romantic comedies, a character’s
wrongdoing is conveniently dismissed and forgotten for the
sake of a satisfactory ending.
was reported that “Made of Honour” is released
currently as a competitive move to “Iron Man”
in the way that it caters to a different audience who are
not into superheroes. I would say that if you are not into
superheroes but romantic comedies instead, you will enjoy
watching “Made of Honour”, especially if you are
a fan of Patrick Dempsey or Michelle Monaghan.
(“Made of Honour” has the delightful pairing of
Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan to thank for lifting
the film above mediocrity since it’s not made of perfection)
Review by Tan Heng Hau