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Tom is a wealthy babe magnet less picky about his sex partners than about the guys he'll shoot hoops with. His buddies think he's living every man's fantasy. So does he.

To keep that fantasy alive, he lives by a few strict rules: He never dates (has sex with) anyone two nights in a row. And he never takes any of his female flings to family events, such as his dad's fifth—or maybe it's the sixth or seventh or eighth—wedding celebration. These simple and selfish rules ensure that he'll never have to worry about developing relationships or (shudder!) being committed to anyone. Besides, if he should need a woman for anything other than a roll in the sheets he can call his best friend, Hannah.

Hannah is an art restorer who's been there for Tom since their days together in college. Back then, the roving Romeo slipped into a dorm room bed for a tryst with one of his many co-ed conquests and found Hannah instead. She didn't fall for his slick moves. In fact, she called him a jerk, cut him down a peg or two and kicked him out. Tom has respected her honesty and cherished her friendship ever since.

But when Hannah takes a six-week business trip to Scotland, Tom recognizes the gaping hole her absence leaves. He misses her. And he wonders if maybe he has ... uh, could it be ... feelings for her? His guy friends are mystified by the idea, but Tom decides to spring the good news on his lifelong chum when she returns. Too late! Hannah brings back news of her own in the form of a fine-looking Scottish laird for whom she's fallen and to whom she's engaged. And there's one more kick in the kilt. She wants her best friend in the world to be her "maid" of honor.

Positive Elements

When Hannah leaves town, Tom starts coming around to the fact that the consistent love and friendship they share is something very valuable to him. When Hannah questions why he has never tried to seduce her since the day they met in college, Tom responds, "Because I want you in my life." By the time we reach the resolution of the picture he has decided that devotion and commitment far outweigh casual affairs.

Hannah's Scottish fiancé, Colin, is an honorable man who puts his beloved's happiness above his own. A married friend of Tom's encourages him with, "Any time is the right time to say 'I love you.'"

Spiritual Content

Hannah and Colin's wedding ceremony takes place in a large Scottish church. A woman speaks of reaching the optimal sexual chakra.

Sexual Content

The movie starts at a college frat party where Tom, dressed as Bill Clinton, flirts and makes cigar and stained-dress jokes with several girls dressed as Monica Lewinski. The movie's sexual "humor" interminably continues in that vein, covering topics that range from penis size to drunken sex. At one point we see Hannah restoring an old painting of a naked man, and the camera's gaze is deliberately angled so that as Hannah works we see her head bobbing up and down over the man's crotch area.

Women wear revealing lingerie or skimpy underwear as they lounge in and around Tom's bed. He is normally shirtless in all those encounters, and in a couple of cases the young women caress his chest and beckon him back to bed. Hannah tries on a bustier and garter belt outfit (complete with whip) for her wedding night. A fashion magazine displays a topless model with a hand covering her breast. Women on the street and in a coffee shop wear low-cut tops. Tom and other men are shirtless in several locker room and shower scenes. And Tom dons a very short kilt, under which the camera peeks (showing his underwear).

Having spent a lifetime getting married and divorced and married again, Tom's 70-year-old dad weds a twentysomething gold digger who is dressed in a form-fitting, cleavage-baring, backless gown. Of the man's dedication to serial matrimony, Hannah wonders why he doesn’t just "date." For her part, the spring-winter bride makes a drunken advance on Tom, putting his hand on her (clothed) breast.

At the encouragement of Hannah's cousin, Tom invites a "Pleasure Aid" saleswoman to the bridal shower. She opens her case to display sexual paraphernalia. And she gives a glow-in-the-dark "toy" to an older woman who unwittingly wears it around her neck.

During a traditional Scottish bachelorette party, Hannah and her friends go to a pub where men pay for a quick smooch with the bride-to-be. Several drunken men end up jokingly kissing each other while Tom and Hannah kiss passionately. Hannah and Colin also share a few intense kisses.

When Hannah introduces Tom as her "maid of honor" to her pastor, he thinks Tom is a gay man. So does Colin's mother.

Violent Content

Tom takes various spills and causes a bit of mayhem for the sake of slapstick humor. Case in point: He falls off a horse and flies through the doors of a church. In another scene he's struggling to balance and throw a huge caber (a tree-trunk-sized pole) and he ends up crushing a car roof.

In a more realistic moment, Colin punches Tom in the face.

Crude or Profane Language

Tom appears to mutter the f-word under his breath once. The s-word gets said loudly and proudly at least 10 times. "H---," "d--n" and "b--ch" also show up along with an obscene gesture and references to genitalia and masturbation. God's and Jesus' names are both misused repeatedly. A soundtrack song offers up the n-word two or three times. For laughs, Colin's aunt—speaking with a thick accent—repeats a Scottish name that sounds like "a--hole."

Drug and Alcohol Content

That opening party scene features lots of drinking and inebriated students. Wine and other forms of alcohol flow freely at Tom's dad's wedding reception. Dad says of his new bride, "She's drunk as the night I first met her." Tom and his dad have a father/son talk while drinking glasses of whiskey.

A number of other scenes in restaurants, reception parties and pubs also show people drinking a variety of alcoholic beverages. A large dinner party at Colin's castle is heavily populated with bottles and glasses of whiskey from his family's own distillery.

Other Negative Elements

A drunken college girl flirts with Tom, then vomits.

[Spoiler Warning] Hannah asks Tom to help her pick out the perfect negligee for her wedding night with Colin, joking, "Let's put all your whoring to good use." Hmmm. As noted in "Positive Elements," Tom finally realizes he needs security and companionship and marriage more than he needs unbridled hedonism. But Hannah makes the grave mistake of actually agreeing to marry this man she knows to be a cad of the first order. She's not oblivious to what he's like. She's just oblivious to what that means for her after they're married.


Made of Honor could have been a very serviceable date movie. It's got all the wistfully quixotic bases covered: 1) A handsome leading man complete with lots of money, a great car and perfunctory beard stubble. 2) A leading lady who sparkles with girl-next-door likeability. 3) A wistfully quixotic sigh factor rivaled only by the likes of Runaway Bride and The Wedding Planner.)

According to producer Neal Moritz, "Our whole thing with Made of Honor was that we couldn't do My Best Friend's Wedding again. But we could do the reverse of it."

It's the kind of lightweight matinee fare that could have had audiences chuckling at awkward best-friends-with-secrets moments. It could have kept us longing to hear the pretty couple say what everyone knows is true. And it could have left us cheering when "true love" wins the day.

But all those could haves end up being should haves because of one big heartbreak of a problem: The movie's creative team steers away from a cute and quirky examination of what makes men and women fall madly in love—one day too late. And instead it veers into the comedy wasteland of loose sexuality, smutty sight gags and half-baked one-liners about genitalia, sex toys and male stupidity.

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Patrick Dempsey as Tom; Michelle Monaghan as Hannah; Kevin McKidd as Colin; Kathleen Quinlan as Joan; Sydney Pollack as Thomas Sr.


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