Characters lack on-screen chemistry in weak romcom

2010-04-26 00:00

I’M a huge Colin Firth fan, but not even his presence in this romantic comedy makes me feel it’s worth the entrance ticket.

In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m still not sure why a star like Firth and Hollywood A-listers Uma Thurman, Sam Shephard and Isabella Rossilini signed up for this gig. An easy paycheck perhaps?

Whatever their reasons, the on-screen chemistry simply isn’t there. And if your leads don’t click, then how on earth can you expect those of us watching to relate to them.

Briefly, the premise for The Accidental Husband is that hunky firefighter, Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who Grey’s Anatomy fans will recognise as Izzie Stevens’ ill-fated fiancé, Denny Duquette) embarks on a plan of revenge when radio love doctor, Emma Lloyd (Thurman) advises his fiancé, Sofia, to dump him just before their wedding.

He gets Indian computer whi­z­zkid Ajay (Jeffrey Tedmori) to hack into the New York City computers to create a document saying that he’s married to Emma, effectively putting a spanner in her plans to marry British book publisher Richard Bratton (Firth).

In true romcom fashion, Emma soon finds herself torn between the rough-and-ready fireman and the smooth publisher. But you always know whom she’s going to choose, and frankly I think Richard was lucky to escape from Emma’s clutches.

The few bright moments in this otherwise forgettable film were provided by Ajay Naidu as Patrick’s Indian friend, Deep, who has some of the best lines in the film — although he doesn’t get nearly enough screen time — and a fun Bollywood-style party scene where the characters genuinely seem to be having fun.

That aside, it’s formulaic and souless — a romantic comedy made by the numbers, which misfires in every way.


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