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Autumn, 2009

Accidental Husband (2008) movie review

Psychologist Advise Thyself

Doctor Emma Lloyd is the prophet of R.E.A.L. love. Sensible, balanced, considered, love.

Sofia is one of many who listen to Emma and one morning while watching her fireman-fiance Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) wrestling on a muddy soccer field, Sofia decides to walk away from Patrick and her upcoming nuptials.

Patrick's response is quick and, with the help of a hacker friend, explosive. The pair create a false record of marriage between Patrick and Dr Lloyd, something she discovers when she and her own fiance Richard (Colin Firth) apply for a marriage licence.

Movie poster, Accidental Husband; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Accidental Husband

Falling in love... even the expert is confused.

Like the earlier movie Overboard this is marriage as revenge. In the Hawn-Russell movie, his revenge demanded a wealthy woman's pride to be crushed by housework while she worked off a debt.

In Accidental Husband our anti-hero Patrick is out to cause pain. He considers Dr Lloyd's influences to be foul, without thought to whether he and Sofia should have been married, and especially without thinking about whether he is mature enough for marriage.

It's cross and double-cross as Emma tries to get reams of annulment papers signed and Patrick finds himself saving Patrick's business while charming Emma and her fiance's business associates.

Excellent moments throughout, obvious plot, but enjoyable entertainment.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 27 Mar 2009
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See also: Bridget Jones' Diary, The Truth About Cats and Dogs; Overboard, Straight Talk

Just the facts:

Title: Accidental Husband (2008)
Written by: Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor; Bonnie Sikowitz
Directed by: Griffin Dunne
Edited by: Suzy Elmiger
Director of Photography: William Rexer
running time: 90 mins

The Players: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Keir Dullea

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