Is it too late for John Krasinski and Mandy Moore to call it off?

License to Wed

on July 06, 2007 by Chad Greene
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Just another day at The Office ? Hardly.

Moonlighting by four actors and one director—Ken Kwapis, who helmed the pitch-perfect season finale, “The Job”—from that Emmy Award-winning satirical sitcom can't keep this lamentably lame License from expiring.
 
“Can I be frank?” the irreverent Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) asks newly engaged couple Ben (John Krasinki, The Office ) and Sadie (Moore, Because I Said So ) at one point in this mirthless marriage of “romance” and “comedy.” Then he chuckles, because isn't it funny that his name is Frank, and he asked if he could “be frank”?

Can I be frank? No, it's not funny. Not that joke, and certainly not that character.

Reverend Frank uses the fact that the wedding calendar at his church—where Sadie has dreamed of getting married since she was a girl—is booked solid for the next two years to blackmail the attractive and affable couple into agreeing to a three-week crash course meant to prepare them in time to take advantage of a last-minute cancellation.

Seeing as how the biggest obstacle Ben and Sadie have had to overcome in the course of their romance was her discovery of a rather flamboyant fan letter written to Brian Boitano when Ben was a boy, artificially antic assignments like babysitting a pair of what the groom-to-be correctly characterizes as “little creepy robot babies” that seep various viscous fluids and blindfolding Sadie before forcing her would-be spouse to verbally steer her the wrong way down a one-way street understandably ... um, drive them to the breaking point.

And that's just the stuff that they agree to. What they certainly do not agree to is a voyeuristic Reverend Frank and his fundamentally unfunny “Ministers of Tomorrow” trainee (Josh Flitter) planting listening devices to invade the privacy of their bedroom—and their barroom, to boot.

This utterly joyless introduction to marriage is sadly in character for Reverend Frank, who compares the institution to “sticking your tongue to a frozen flagpole.” And anyone who wanders into License to Wed expecting a sweet-natured romantic comedy is likely to feel like the sensitive surface of that metaphorical tongue: ripped off.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Cast: Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, Eric Christian Olsen, Christine Taylor, DeRay Davis and Josh Flitter
Director: Ken Kwapis
Screenwriters: Kim Barker and Tim Rasmussen & Vince Di Meglio
Producers: Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Nick Osborne and Robert Simonds
Genre: Romantic comedy
Rating: PG-13 for sexual humor and language
Running time: 90 min.
Release date: July 3, 2007
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