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Rating: 3 of 5 stars
A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride’s family and friends.
If you hadn’t noticed by now, I seem to have turned my 3-star rating into a noncommittal one. I have a really good reason for it this time, though: I have seriously conflicting personal opinions about this movie. Now, I’ve never, ever been a fan of cheaters, especially those who fall into the adulterous category by virtue of legal union. Being military, I’ve seen a whole array of people get married for, quite literally, all the wrong reasons and then piledrive the privilege of marriage in the face with countless, abounding acts of infidelity.
Other movies I’ve seen which covered a similar topic have been Temptation, Unfaithful, Crazy. Stupid. Love. and The Good Girl. If I had reviews written for all of them, you’d be able to tell that I enjoyed every single one – prolly 4 stars or more (except Temptation – it has its own issues other than subject matter to deal with). I feel that each of these movies takes infidelity and deals with it properly – that is, direly. I realize it’s only a crime to cheat on your significant other in the military, so I don’t expect there to be, I don’t know, legal ramifications for having an affair, but come on – do you have to make it so… facile?!
Let me backtrack here, and explain what’s goin’ on. Luce (Lena Headey) does all the flower arrangements at the wedding of Rachel (Piper Perabo) and Heck (Matthew Goode). It’s clear from the beginning that Rachel and Heck have known and loved each other for quite some time now. They make a – pardon my French – dashing couple. Heck’s best friend and best man, Coop (Darren Boyd) is Heck’s real-life foil: a playboy where Heck isn’t and a bit of a wildcard where Heck’s consistent. Rachel seems like a sensible young woman, but she’s headstrong and independent as well – she just so happens to be madly in love with Heck. When she meets Luce, who’s a little of a wildcard herself – except in the more loner/wallflower sense (excuse the unintentional pun), they become instant friends. The moment’s sweet, quirky. I thought it’d be a movie about best friends.
Nope. It’s about them exploring the unvoiced possibility of being lovers, even though Rachel is clearly already married.
Luce’s prerogative is that, even though she seems to have fallen in love with Rachel at first sight, she doesn’t come between happy couples because it happened to her mother, who is now old and alone, a kind of testament to what heartbreak can do to a person, I guess. Thing is, when Luce’s mother starts going out on dates, and tells her “hearts mend,” suddenly it’s okay to act on her feelings for Rachel. And that… that’s just not okay in my book.
Because, for one thing, Rachel at the start only feels an affinity towards Luce – like they’ve been “best friends in another life” or something. It’s only after she receives the information that Luce is gay that the affinity she feels takes on a more amorous light. I wasn’t a fan of this development, but then again, I kinda guessed it the first time they laid eyes on each other at the wedding, and I blurted out, “ARE THEY GAY FOR EACH OTHER?” to everyone in the room with me. (No one gave me a straight answer, so I figured it out from there.)
All that aside, I think I would have liked the movie a whole lot more had it not been for Heck, the husband, and his incredibly gracious display of bowing out of the way. I’m (not really) sorry, but ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The man was clearly hurt by his wife’s betrayal – he drank to an excess, which he rarely ever does, and quit his very nice job because he hated the lying it necessitated and stopped being himself – but when the confrontation came, it played out like this:
Heck: I’m hurt.
Rachel: Heck, I’m so sorry. I’ll end it. I love you. I’m sorry.
Heck: No. It’s okay. Go ahead.
Rachel (and myself): wut.
Heck: Please. I want you to be happy – that’s what hurt me the most.
Yep. That’s the point at which the whooooole movie deemed itself irredeemable in my eyes. I seriously lost all interest afterward. I went to do laundry, for heaven’s sake. I came back during the big resolve when things are gettin’ tied up and stuck around for the cute scene at the end where Rachel and Luce are sitting on a bench in a picturesque park, and they certainly do make quite the couple, but I simply don’t believe in happy endings for cheaters. I don’t. That’s it. Maybe if Heck had been a little more upset that his wife had cheated on him not even a month into their marriage, then I would’ve been able to stick it out and possibly love this movie as much as the rest my friends do, but with a pitfall like that I can’t see it happening, ever.
However… I come away from this movie with the wonderful expression, “YOU’RE A WANKER NUMBER 9!” and that’s awesome, no matter which way you slice it. :P Here’s the cast.