The Wedding Date

February 4th, 2005


The Wedding Date

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Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis (Messing) to hire a male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.6/10 (16,590 voted)

Critic's Score: 32/100

Director: Clare Kilner

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport

"The Wedding Date" centers around Kat Ellis (Messing), who returns to her parents' London home for her sister's wedding. Afraid of confronting her ex-fiancé, who dumped her two years before, she hires a top-drawer male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her new boyfriend.

Writers: Elizabeth Young, Dana Fox

Debra Messing - Kat Ellis
Dermot Mulroney - Nick Mercer
Amy Adams - Amy
Jack Davenport - Edward Fletcher-Wooten
Sarah Parish - TJ
Jeremy Sheffield - Jeffrey
Peter Egan - Victor Ellis
Holland Taylor - Bunny
Jolyon James - Woody
C. Gerod Harris - Bike Messenger
Martin Barrett - Teenager
Jay Simon - Male Flight Attendant
Danielle Lewis - Pretty Woman
Ivana Horvat - Smitten Girl
Linda Dobell - Sonja

Taglines: Love doesn't come cheap.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Russia] |

Release Date: 4 February 2005

Filming Locations: Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,129,580 (USA) (6 February 2005) (1695 Screens)

Gross: $47,175,038 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Without the end credits, the movie's running time is a short 78 minutes.

Errors in geography: When they stop at a pub in London to change dress, an American style walk/don't walk sign is clearly visible in shot.

Victor Ellis: Are you a boatsman, son?
Nick Mercer: I am now, sir.
Victor Ellis: Well, I'm glad to see that someone is making good use of her again. The boat I mean.

User Review

For what it is, The Wedding Date is a good movie.

Rating: 8/10

If you see a preview for The Wedding Date before you go see it, you understand what type of movie this is. It's a chick flick. It's a cute, mildly funny, sometimes sappy, story about a woman, Kat, played by Debra Messing, so wrecked from her last relationship that when she has to go to her sister's wedding where she knows that he ex will be she hires a male escort to go and make him jealous and her family get off her case. The escort, Nick, played by Dermot Mulroney, isn't your average Gigolo. No, he's what you would consider the cream of the crop, and he doesn't come cheap. A cute, non-threatening premise, for a genuinely cute, non-threatening, romantic comedy.

You can't go in expecting genius, because that's not what you'll get. The Wedding Date, however, is a glorious, indulgent movie that will leave you smiling. It's a movie for women, by a woman director, and it's really for any girl who ever wished she could have a happy ending like Cinderella. It's not all roses, of course, which keeps it interesting. It's all par for the course, however, when it comes to romantic comedies. Plus, the few glimpses of a bare-bottomed, Mulroney will keep you interested, too.

I ranked this movie an 8 out of 10. I wasn't comparing it to Gone with the Wind, or the Godfather. I was comparing it to other cute romantic comedies, and as far as they go, this was a good one.


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