The position comes with a few requirements: willingness to travel, keen social skills, good looks, suave demeanor, sharp mind…and a tux. The qualified candidate should also have (though not required) the ability to make ex-boyfriends jealous, to turn heads whenever entering a room and to reduce any woman within eye- and earshot to a weak-kneed, besotted admirer.

Kat wouldn’t be so urgently in need were it not for her spoiled, gets-everything-she-wants half-sister’s wedding where the best man happens to be Kat’s handsome ex-boyfriend. What’s worse, the currently single Kat has to schlep all the way from New York — where she’s made her life — to London, where her wildly dysfunctional family lives. That’s one long, thankless trip to take solo.

And since the wedding is happening, oh, next weekend, Kat does what any enterprising single woman would do — she tracks down and hires a professional. So what if her solution crosses a few morally dubious lines plus costs her a tidy six thousand bucks which she’ll have to drain from her 401K? And so what if her escort happens to be…well, an escort? Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Lucky for her that her hiring skills are pitch-perfect and she zeroes in on smooth heart-stopper Nick Mercer (DERMOT MULRONEY), one of New York’s better known and in-demand professional male escorts who’s quite, uh, well-equipped for the task. Once in England, the insightful and charismatic Nick — part actor/part shrink/part bon vivant — helps Kat navigate the choppy waters of her screwy family and caddish old flame Jeffrey (JEREMY SHEFFIELD) and convinces everyone he meets that he and Kat are, indeed, an item.

As Nick charms Kat’s parents, Bunny and Victor Ellis (HOLLAND TAYLOR and PETER EGAN), her self-absorbed half-sister Amy (AMY ADAMS), Amy’s fiancee Edward (JACK DAVENPORT), as well as every living, breathing woman within a 100-kilometer radius, Kat too finds herself feeling things she’s never felt before.

For Kat, what begins as merely a face-saving ruse with a dashing guy-for-hire — strictly a business arrangement — quickly starts to become more than she ever expected. But love doesn’t come cheap…

In the tradition of such comedies as Four Weddings and a Funeral, My Best Friend’s Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Wedding Date is a funny, touching and utterly romantic look at love, marriage, family and the sexy surprises life holds in store.



April 22, 2005


Clare Kilner


Elizabeth Young (book) & Dana Fox (screenplay)


United International Pictures (UIP)


Comedy, Romance




90 minutes