I like you Mandy Moore, I really do. Sure, your music career hasn’t always been perfect (no one’s missing your pop days like… “Candy”?) and neither has your movie career, for that matter (for every Tangled and Saved!, there’s a Because I Said So and License To Wed), but darn it, I still like you!
So, it pains me to write this, but you, Mandy Moore, are currently starring in one of the worst movie of all-time. At least, according to Rotten Tomatoes, anyway.
Yes, the 27-year-old’s latest venture into dreadful rom com territory, Love, Wedding, Marriage, currently stands at a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The title alone is pretty terrible for the Dermot Mulroney-directed flick, about a marriage counselor (Moore) who struggles with her new husband (Kellan Lutz) and her in-the-midst-of-a-divorce-parents, played by Jane Seymour and James Brolin. If you’re already groaning at the concept alone — a marriage counselor who can’t save marriages! — you most certainly aren’t the only one. Nobody, not a single critic, found anything remotely redeeming about the flick. That means the movie, which is currently in theaters and available on OnDemand, is worse than Battlefield Earth, Freddy Got Fingered, and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, but on par with Ballistic Ecks vs. Sever, which shares its, er, honor.
Richard Roeper described Love, Wedding, Marriage as, “a sitcom stretched the movie length, with almost no laughs” while the AP’s Christy Lemire argued, “To describe Love, Wedding, Marriage as sitcommy would be an insult to sitcoms, which can and do succeed in inspiring genuine laughter.” Even our own Adam Markovitz could only muster up these words about it: “numbingly chipper.”
While I can’t say I want to see this movie at all (between the reviews, the trailer that involves the old shes-quirky-because-she-does-pratfalls bit and that oft replicated poster, see above, I think I’ll pass) but it doesn’t mean I’m ready to give up on Ms. Moore just yet. Sure, it’s a shame she keeps making movies like this, but I can’t be the only one willing to give her another chance, can I? She’s so darn likable in real-life and held her own on Entourage, Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother (maybe she should stick to the small screen?) Or is it time to accept the fact that her big screen career, much like Love, Wedding, Marriage will add up to a zero
Have you seen Love, Wedding, Marriage, PopWatchers, or did you heed the critics’ advice and pass? Do you think Mandy Moore will ever be able to have a decent acting career or should she call it a day?