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The Accidental Husband

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
The Accidental Husband
  • Genre:
    Romantic comedy
  • Cast:
    Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Director:
    Griffin Dunne
A posh Manhattan doctor who hosts a popular radio show on relationships, unwittingly wrecks the upcoming marriage of a fireman from the Queens fire department. After listening to the Real Love show, his fianc?e decides that he is not the man for her. Assisted by a friend, the fireman decides its payback time and wrecks the doctor's own upcoming marriage by changing her personal records to show that she is already married-to him. The doctor and fireman meet and despite their many differences, they fall in love. The doctor, who until now had been advising her listeners look for responsible man rather than be led astray by passion, discovers the meaning of true love. Sometimes, when you are really in love," she says, "you just don't sweat the small stuff." The Accidental Husband is soggy schmaltz topped with inch-thick layers of cheese. We don't go into romantic comedies expecting realism or subtext but sparkling lines and chemistry between the leads is a minimum requirement. Sadly, this film, directed by Griffin Dunne has neither. The plot is contrived and the proceedings, painfully predictable. Even wonderful actors like Colin Firth, the gorgeous Isabella Rosellini and Sam Shepherd can't breathe life into it. Moreover, Uma Thurman, who also co-produced and is in practically every frame, comes off as phony and high-strung. And if that wasn't enough, the fireman happens to live above Samosa Palace, and we have to suffer some foolish Indian stereotypes and the obligatory wedding song and dance. In fact the film ends with a lilting A R Rahman song. The rest of The Accidental Husband is sheer cacophony. If you're in the mood for a rom-com, go back to When Harry met Sally or Four Weddings and a Funeral instead.
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