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The Accidental Husband (2009)

Falling in love … even the expert is confused.

Just ask Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman). She has been handing out love advice for a long while. The professional has her own local radio program and is about to launch her first published book. To complete the fairytale, she is engaged to Mr. Right. Her fiancé, Richard (Colin Firth) is about to become a prestigious member of a publishing firm and she is juggling her budding career all while planning their media-worthy wedding. There is just one little, teeny, tiny glitch in her otherwise enchanting life … she’s already married.

Amidst their shock and horror, Emma decides she’s going to “take care” of the problem and ultimately tracks down her “husband,” turns out he’s a local firefighter. Patrick O’ Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the complete opposite of Richard, easy-going, casual and charming … when he’s wants to be, anyway. Amid hilarity, sparks fly between the two and Emma finds she’s second-guessing herself … does she even know her own heart? And does Patrick know more about their supposed marriage than he’s telling?  

Just as a fair warning, spoilers that speak for themselves will be contained herein. As charming, as this was, I feel some ranting and raving is in the cards at how the film ultimately unfolded. Long before this became available for home viewing (it was originally scheduled several times for a theater release and never came to fruition), a viewer’s review remarked that the only likable character was Firth’s Richard. While I don’t completely agree with that, there is some truth to it. It was Patrick who didn’t ever quite manage to win me over … and I haven’t a clue why! Something about his loud demeanor bugged me and then there was his lying. Granted that’s a clichéd plot found in many films, but it was made worse when he was going to admit a truth to her, then didn’t because she was ready to “come back” to him. This is one of those titles that you feel sorry for the “loser” whom one actually likes better in this love triangle and don’t appreciate the usual happily-ever-after nearly as much. The actor portrayed his character as genuinely in love with Emma and because of her wishy-washy emotions, his heart was broken, twice. Something I did like was how the characters related to each other. Whether it was Emma and Richards’s scenes, Patrick and Emma or Emma and her father, everything came across how it was meant to, making many things “easier” to accept or comprehend in the end. Emma’s relationship with her father was a bright spot in the film. As quirky as it was, I couldn’t help but love it. It was a sort of love-hate relationship, but strikes its viewer as nothing less than warm and caring, everything being taken and meant for the best.  

Not anything so special or unique, there is a charm to the story all its own, while it certainly wasn’t always found in the characters I did like the movie, in spite of everything. Between the “bollywood” additions, an insane father-daughter relationship and crazy dash to become “unmarried,” something about it was irresistible. The comedy is actually decent and doesn’t make one cringe inside when you’re supposed to be laughing. For the most part, this is just a sweet romance suitable for a girls night in with younger sisters or girlfriends. 

The casting worked okay, and I loved seeing Colin in a comical role, who was the best part of the film; he was brilliant during naturally comic moments. Uma had just the right amount of confusion and smarts to make the role work while Jeffrey hasn’t been a favorite actor in either role I’ve now seen, but was acceptable.  In spite of myself, this was an engaging little story that I’ll look forward to someday seeing again. I’m a sucker for epilogue endings, if you will. Ultimately it was those final, poignant moments (stereotyped dialogue and all) that probably won me over.  

(Content: There are two scenes of a couple sleeping together, one with some movement. There may be some underlying sexual quip or innuendo. Emma suggests her father dates young women and is irate when she finds one living in his home, only to be wrong in her assumptions. Some profanities are uttered, the worst of which is one use of the f-word. The film is rated PG13.)
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  1. This looks very...interesting... Love Colin Firth so that's a plus. Never seen Uma Thurman in anything though. Her name came up randomly like three times yesterday haha

    1. Well, that's funny. Maybe her name coming up randomly is a sign. You must see this. ;)

      In all seriousness, it's cute albeit not my favorite romantic-comedy. Plus, as you say, Colin Firth..!

  2. I like Colin Firth so I'll definitely see it!!

    Love your movie review - it's detailed and character-centric.

    1. Yay! Hope you enjoy if/when you do, Christina. And thanks for the review feedback. I appreciate it. :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on The Accidental Husband. It's been a long time since I've seen Uma Thurman in a movie.

    1. I haven't seen her in much, Caryl, but this one was cute. :)

  4. nice review; haven't seen it

  5. I really like this movie, while maybe I shouldn't? But I couldn't withstand the charm and broad smile of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whom I knew from Grey's Anatomy as more of a tragic hero.

    1. I should rent it again, Birdie! I think it was a bit different than I expected, which is why I didn't wind up loving it, but it is cute. Glad you like it! :)

  6. I've been curious about this movie for some time and almost watched it the other night, but ended up watching 'Revenge of the Bridesmaids' It sounds good! Maybe I'll watch it this coming weekend. Thanks for the great review! :D

    1. Hope you enjoy if/when you do see it, Bekah! I read rent it again sometime too. As for "Bridesmaids," I thought that one was SUPER cute. Hope you enjoyed it. :)

      Thanks - as always, for reading. :)


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