License to Wed

July 3rd, 2007


License to Wed

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A reverend puts an engaged couple through a grueling marriage preparation course to see if they are meant to be married in his church.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.1/10 (19,426 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Director: Ken Kwapis

Stars: Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, Robin Williams

Sadie and Ben are in love, and although Ben suggests getting married in the Caribbean, Sadie has her heart set on a wedding at the family church, St. Augustine's. Ben says sure, and they meet with the pastor, Rev. Frank. The only date open for two years is three weeks away, and Frank insists the kids go through his marriage prep course. They're to write their own vows; he also demands chastity, bugs their apartment, initiates arguments, has them care for robot twins, creates friction between Ben and her family, and raises doubts in Sadie. Desperate, Ben looks for dirt on Frank. Can he undermine Frank's authority and keep Sadie's heart?

Writers: Kim Barker, Tim Rasmussen

Robin Williams - Reverend Frank
Mandy Moore - Sadie Jones
John Krasinski - Ben Murphy
Eric Christian Olsen - Carlisle
Christine Taylor - Lindsey Jones
Josh Flitter - Choir Boy
DeRay Davis - Joel
Peter Strauss - Mr. Jones
Grace Zabriskie - Grandma Jones
Roxanne Hart - Mrs. Jones
Mindy Kaling - Shelly
Angela Kinsey - Judith the Jewelry Clerk
Rachael Harris - Janine
Brian Baumgartner - Jim
Jess Rosenthal - Jewelry Clerk

Taglines: First came love... then came Reverend Frank.


Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros [United States] |

Release Date: 3 July 2007

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,422,258 (USA) (8 July 2007) (2604 Screens)

Gross: $70,624,715 (Worldwide) (October 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

WILHELM SCREAM: During the marriage road test, an old man on a scooter crashes into a car.

Factual errors: When the choir boy is sent to bug the bedroom, he picks the the lock on the door. However, the deadbolt lock can clearly be seen as he picks a lock below it. When the door is opened, we see that there is no other lock below the deadbolt, so he was picking a doorknob. He would have needed to pick the deadbolt lock, not the doorknob, to open the door.

Reverend Frank: By the power of God and the minister of National Security and Justice of Ocho Rios, Jamaica... I now pronounce you husband and wife.

User Review

Not so much

Rating: 2/10

This movie was a bit of a bore. I walked in rather neutral with my expectations, and after the first 10 minutes realized that this ball of cheese was not for me. I sat through it all, for the sake of the company I was with.

Mandy Moore and John Krasinski are cute, but very flat characters. There is little or no character development in this film. Robin Williams as Reverend Frank tries to save the show with his humorous antics, but was unfortunately cliché in his attempts. The little boy, Josh Flitter, does an excellent job as the annoyingly forthright "minister in training", as do the other children playing minor roles, but the overall attempt was bland.

The movie neither humorously avoids morals, nor does it end with moral enlightenment. The "lesson" in the end is weak and predictable.

If you're looking for something heartwarming, inspiring, or thought-provoking, turn elsewhere. If you'd like a few cheap laughs with a weak storyline, this could be your film.

I rate it a 2 out of 10.


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