The Accidental Husband

February 29th, 2008


The Accidental Husband

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When talk radio host Emma Lloyd advises one of her listeners to break up with her boyfriend, the jilted ex sets about getting his revenge.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.4/10 (10,058 voted)

Director: Griffin Dunne

Stars: Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Justina Machado

Emma Lloyd has made a career out of her sensible, mature and responsible approach to relationships. She has a hit radio talk show, an impending book deal, and a loving relationship with her fiancé, Richard, a conventional sort-which is precisely what Emma is drawn to. Then Emma finds out that she is already married to a man she's never met before, a result of a misguided prank that leaves her bewildered and very confused. Worse than that, her plans for the future are now threatened. With her wedding just around the corner, Emma must find the mystery man and obtain an annulment. Emma tracks down her "accidental husband" - Patrick, a charming and handsome neighborhood fireman, with a big secret...that he was behind the "accidental" marriage. Unable to fess up, Patrick goes along with the ruse pretending to be just as baffled as Emma. While at first their opposite approaches to life create much tension and chaos...

Writers: Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor

Uma Thurman - Emma
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Patrick
Colin Firth - Richard
Sam Shepard - Wilder
Lindsay Sloane - Marcy
Justina Machado - Sofia
Ajay Naidu - Deep
Jeffrey Tedmori - Ajay
Nick Sandow - Larry
Michael Mosley - Declan
Brooke Adams - Carolyn
Lindsey Kraft - Lauren
Sarita Choudhury - Sunny
Yolande Bavan - Naniji
Isabella Rossellini - Mrs. Bollenbecker

Taglines: Falling in love... even the expert is confused.


Official Website: Metropolitan Films [France] | Yari Film Group [United States] |

Release Date: 29 February 2008

Filming Locations: Conde Nast Building - 4 Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: £703,631 (UK) (2 March 2008) (323 Screens)

Gross: £2,072,869 (UK) (16 March 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays a firefighter on this movie. He made a previous appearance in The Crossing as a firefighter that lost his leg during a rescue on train wreck.

Continuity: When Patrick and Emma are on the top of the building, the wall is apparently as high as their shoulders. But in the scenes where they are talking to each other, the wall is invisible or much to low.

[from trailer]
Patrick: [with a mouth full of sample wedding cake] This cake is fantastic!
Emma: Shh. Please...
Patrick: You mix these two together, it tastes just like a ring-ding.
Emma: [Patrick shoves a fork of cake in her face] No. No, no.
Patrick: Ah!
Emma: No.
Patrick: Ah!
Emma: [she accepts the forkful of cake] it was yummy.
Patrick: It's super-duper.

User Review


Rating: 4/10

The main problem 'The Accidental Husband' has is that the two main characters are so unlikeable. Rather than falling in love with them, I ended up really disliking them. Patrick's boorishness and Emma's constant prevarication really grated on me. When they ride off in Patrick's fire engine at the end of the movie, my overwhelming emotion was sympathy for Emma's nice guy fiancé Richard (Colin Firth) rather than happiness for Patrick and Emma. The characterization of Richard-the only obstacle in the way of Patrick and Emma getting together-is unusual for a rom-com in that he has no hidden dark side (no 'bit on the side', no secret agenda for marrying Emma for her to discover)-he is a genuinely decent man-but it means that you aren't rooting for Emma to leave him for Patrick. After the way Richard is treated by Patrick and Emma, I left the cinema feeling not so much that Patrick and Emma were made for each other, but rather that such a selfish couple really deserved each other.


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