I enjoyed this film. I quite liked the premise: a slightly self-involved radio 'love doctor' Emma (Uma Thurman) incurs the ire of a white bread fireman Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) when the advice she gives to his conflicted fiancee results in her calling off their wedding. Having heard the broadcast which leads to his fiancee dumping him, Patrick becomes obsessed with the doctor... and when a young friend offers him the opportunity to interfere in her life (by hacking in to her records with City Hall to make it appear that she is married to him) he seizes it. In the ensuing comedy of errors and deception, resulting from her attempts to resolve their non-marriage, Emma and Patrick find themselves spending time together... and increasingly attracted to a person neither of them would have expected to spark their interest.
Although the end product is enjoyable enough, the superb cast - including Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini and Sam Shepard - is under-utilised. There are elements of sub-plot which could have been better developed, including Emma's clearly problematic relationship with her widowed father (Shepard)... and without making the film too lengthy for the genre. At only 82 mins when the end credits start rolling (86 mins total), this is quite a short film.
I do find it irksome that Amazon - most unkindly - use a 5 star scale for customer reviews... but then refer to 3 star reviews as 'critical'. I liked this film... but didn't find it particularly noteworthy i.e. AVERAGE. For most people on a 5 star scale, that's how a 3 star rating would be assessed.
so um... the male romantic lead is kinda gross and lives in a dingy flat above an Indian restaurant. When his fiancee dumps him (sensible girl) he decides to wreck the life of the radio agony aunt he blames for the break-up. I won't give the plot away but, in an unexpected twist, the Indian restaurant owner's teenage son is a brilliant computer hacker (and the rest of the family are straight out of Bollywood) Anyway man encourages agony aunt to get so drunk she falls over, and when she passes out he carries her back to his place. She wakes up alone in a stranger's bed with a bump on her head and no memory of what happened. Romantic lead has left a note saying thanks for last night to make her think wrongly that they had sex. To me the whole identity theft and taking a comatose woman back to your flat was super creepy and deeply unpleasant but lots of folk got past that and found the film sweet and charming. So maybe it's just me.
The sheer charm and likeability of the three principal leads is what carries "The Accidental Husband".
Funny at times, insightful in places - and Uma - gorgeous as ever. Colin Firth is effortlessly charming too and even has a few moments where he genuinely shines. But its the burly Jeffrey Dean Morgan who steals the show with an everyman Fireman's charm that most women will find hard to resist. And a nice ending too.
An excellent rom-com and a half-decent pick-me-up. You could do a lot worse...you could marry your shrink...