The movie I’ve chosen to start us out recently came out on DVD. When I saw it in theaters I thought my best friend would just die! The heroine’s name was her own and she had two beaus one a sexy NYC devil and the other a true Highlander, bagpipes and all. I was right!
Patrick Dempsey plays Tom Bailey the lovable schmoozer, who when in college invented the coffee collar and got into bed with the wrong girl. Hannah, played by Michelle Monaghan, is full of sass and her first act on finding Tom in her bed is to spray him with perfume right in the eyes. She follows the act by telling Tom that he’s ugly in artistic terms and leaves him to her very drunk roommate.
After that it seems they were inseparable and the story picks up again at the start of a typical (Sun)day for them. Coffee, art, walk in central park, desserts at the best bakery in the city, oh and of course shopping for a wedding gift for another one of Tom’s father’s weddings… he’s on five, six, seven? Both Tom and his father are very wealthy.
At the end of the wedding montage, Hannah announces the job offer to acquire paintings from Scotland. Tom urges her to accept and discovers that it’ll be six Sundays before he’ll see her again. We watch him bungle through them in mindless and sometimes desperate acts until he comes to the conclusion we as watchers have always known – he loves Hannah.
Unfortunately for Tom, he finds out the night he plans to tell her of his affections that she’s going to marry someone else. This someone she met in Scotland and he’s as perfect as any male can be. Poor Tom, how can he compete? To make matters worse Hannah asks Tom to be her maid of honor and that’s when the story really kicks off and we discover if Tom is made of honor or selfishness. Can he love her enough to fight for her? Does he love her enough to let her go?
There were a few moments of ridiculousness that were over the top, the sex humor was funny and only a little gregarious, there was the obligatory bathroom scene in the male locker room but I laughed at it instead of thinking ‘oh jeez, another one?’ The chemistry between Dempsey and Monaghan was terrific and the whole cast was excellent. So pop the popcorn and kick up your heels to a Scottish tune and enjoy a night of tomfoolery – pun intended.