"this film succeeds is that it knows exactly what it is"
A word of advice - if you're going to take your partner to this film, make sure you're REALLY happy together! The Accidental Husband follows the paths of New York fireman Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman), two complete strangers whose paths cross in a life altering way. Caught in the middle of this is the stereotypical English gentleman Mr Dar...ahem Michael (Colin Firth) who faces an agonising wait as Dr. Lloyd chooses between her heart and her head.
Same old same old you're thinking. You know how the film is going to end, you can guarantee the same old cliched jokes and scenes will be in there, so what's the point in going. At least that's what I was thinking as I entered the cinema. But, in what I can assure you is an extremely rare event, I'm going to have to admit that I was wrong.
Whilst the inevitable cliché of the rough and ready guy against the English gent forms the backbone of the story, the film takes a refreshing and original angle, including internet hacking, drunken bar room antics, Indian coming of age parties, and many more exploits that help keep the laughs coming from beginning to end.
The reason this film succeeds is that it knows exactly what it is. It hasn't tried to totally reinvent a genre, and hasn't been written to win Oscars, and that is in no way a bad thing, because it gives us 90 minutes of love and romance, which is exactly what we're looking for in a film like this.