As a host of a phone-in radio show, Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) gets on her soap box offering advice on love and relationships, when she is not writing the self-help books or toasting her own success. One of her misguided quirks in the show leads a young woman to call off her wedding with Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Patrick then vows to even the score with the "Love doctor". With the help of a computer whiz kid, he hacks the New York database to register himself as Emma's "husband".
Just as Emma is about to get hitched to Richard (Colin Firth), right on cue, she gets the message of her "marriage" with Patrick. A bewildered Emma ferrets about for Patrick till she tracks him down in a bar, and pleads with him to annul their "accidental marriage". Her meetings with Patrick prove to be spark-filled and soon a subtle romance starts to brew between the two, who are as unalike as chalk and cheese. Emma, as a high-brow and polished Manhattan and Patrick as a cruddy firefighter with unpleasant manners and a burly figure, do make an odd couple together. But that's why you say "Opposites attract"! You do see occasional flashes of insight in some of the scenes when Emma and Patrick are together, and she learns through him, how life can be beautiful despite its seemingly choppy and uncertain layers. She contrasts this with her own "settled" life and her loveless relationship with Richard. Emma, the love expert, realizes that when it comes to love, she can err and falter too.
Though the movie's script has a daub of romance and a strong plot, it loses its interest value as soon as you descry some of the abysmal acting by the lead actors. You then realize why the film staggered down on the popularity charts and box office records. Uma Thurman's whining voice (meant to be comic sound bites) and flinty expressions actually sets your teeth on edge. She doesn't know what to do with the role doled out to her. Your heart goes out to Colin Firth (best known as Darcy of Bridget Jones's diary as well as Pride and Prejudice) for his wasted role in the movie. The only one actor who does manage to warm your heart's cockles is Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who was even more lovable as Daniel in PS. I love you).
The film subplot, mainly veering around the Indian family who own a restaurant above Patrick's house, is handled poorly and so is the one concerning Richard's publishing business. On the other hand, the chemistry between Richard and Emma is equal to zilch and this is where the movie turns into a full-on catastrophe. All in all, the movie is high on glitz and schmaltz and low on acting and direction. Watch it only if you are the type who likes to see little cupids floating in pink clouds waiting to pierce the arrow at unsuspecting couples.