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“The Wedding Planner” Podcast Movie Review

Matthew McCounaughey and Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 105

“The movie demands the blandness! It wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Potato chip magnate Daniel Barnes and  Yahoo! Magazine cover model Corky McDonnell engage with the wall-to-wall blandness of The Wedding Planner. A vehicle seemingly designed to seep all the appeal out of stars Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, The Wedding Planner is a Rolodex of rom-com cliches.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss house babushkas, adorable stalkers, unconsummated kiss leans and arcane movies in the park.


This week’s themed cocktail: Brown M&Ms (1.75 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon; 1 oz. Kavlana White Crème de Cacao; 1/4 tsp. Warbringer Mesquite-Smoked Southwest Bourbon; 0.25 oz. Midtown Spirits Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur; 6 dashes El Guapo Spiced Cocoa bitters; 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters; stir and strain into a glass with no ice; orange peel garnish)

U.S. festival premiere: Jan. 26, 2001

Domestic box office: $60 million (production budget: $35 million)

Critics scores: 17 on Rotten Tomatoes; 33 on Metacritic

This week’s darer: Heather/Wheels & Heels

Heather’s dare: “The early 2000s rom-com genre would be nothing without J-Lo. EnterThe Wedding Planner where J Lo plays a, you guessed it, Wedding Planner, who ironically does not have a great love life. But fate steps in and drops a hot doc (Matthew McConaughey) who turns things upside down. AND NOW THE TWIST – hot doc is the groom in her NEW account that will score her a promotion. DUN DUN. This movie is peak meet-cute romantic comedy (I use comedy lightly).”

IMDB synopsis: “Mary Fiore is San Francisco’s most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.”

This week’s referenced movies: GoodfellasSelenaThe Godfather Part IIIThe Poison RoseThe Princess Switch; the Star Wars movies; The GodfatherYoung EinsteinWhen Harry Met SallyChristmas with the KranksSingin’ in the RainThe Princess BrideTwo Tickets to BroadwayThe Rocky Horror Picture ShowFlirtation WalkDancin’: It’s On!Taxi DriverStagecoach (1939); The Silence of the LambsTropic ThunderDazed and ConfusedLarger Than LifeFateful FindingsHe Walked at Night

Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Dare


Trailer for The Wedding Planner

Steve rescues Mary 1

Steve rescues Mary 2

The “Moe Green Special”

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