License to Wed (BD)
In this charming romantic comedy, Ben and Sadie are a young engaged couple that hit a large bump on the road to their wedded bliss, in the form of Reverend Frank, the pastor of the church Sadie has been dreaming of getting married in her entire life. Reverend Frank has a "patented, foolproof marriage prep course" that Ben and Sadie must take -- with its strange classes and outlandish homework assignments -- before Reverend Frank will agree to marry them. If the betrothed cannot complete the course, the wedding is off -- assuming the course itself does not break them up first. Starring singer/actress Mandy Moore ("Chasing Liberty," "A Walk to Remember") as Sadie, John Krasinski ("Dreamgirls," TV's "The Office") as Ben, and Academy Award-winner Robin Williams ("Night at the Museum," "Happy Feet") as Reverend Frank. Directed by Emmy Award-nominee Ken Kwapis ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "The Beautician and the Beast").
Marriage is a huge step in any relationship and, with the divorce rate skyrocketing, some clergymen find it advisable to council prospective couples prior to the marriage ceremony. Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) takes his marriage preparation course to a whole new level, putting couples through a very unusual and grueling set of classes that cover everything from trust and communication to experiencing childbirth, meeting each other's needs in and out of bed, and group sessions on how to fight fairly. Happy couple Sadie Jones's (Mandy Moore) and Ben Murphy's (John Krasinski) perfect compatibility is tested to the limits with extraordinary (and hysterical) assignments like caring for twin baby robots that cry and poop without restraint while baby-sitting a friend's two young children and shopping for wedding china. Driving a car blindfolded while one's intended gives directions is no simple task either, but abstinence from sex and writing their own marriage vows may be the couple's most difficult homework assignments. Comedy reigns throughout the entire movie thanks to Robin Williams, his choir-boy assistant Josh Flitter (Nancy Drew) and the rest of the cast and laughing out loud is definitely a course requirement for viewers, but underneath the hilarity is a serious message about making marriage work. --Tami Horiuchi