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.
THE WEDDING PLANNER FACTS AND FIGURES
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: Goodfellas; Selena; The Godfather Part III; The Poison Rose; The Princess Switch; the Star Wars movies; The Godfather; Young Einstein; When Harry Met Sally; Christmas with the Kranks; Singin’ in the Rain; The Princess Bride; Two Tickets to Broadway; The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Flirtation Walk; Dancin’: It’s On!; Taxi Driver; Stagecoach (1939); The Silence of the Lambs; Tropic Thunder; Dazed and Confused; Larger Than Life; Fateful Findings; He Walked at Night
Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Dare