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The Accidental Husband (2009)

Uma Thurman , Colin Firth , Griffin Dunne  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Isabella Rossellini
  • Directors: Griffin Dunne
  • Writers: Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor, Bonnie Sikowitz
  • Producers: Uma Thurman, Jason Blum, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Bob Yari
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OVED88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Firefighter Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancée suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman). Determined to get back at this "love doctor," Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, "accidentally" marrying him to Emma,who's already engaged to Richard (Colin Firth). But as Patrick's charms begin to wear Emma down, she must decide which of these bachelors is her "Mr. Right." Also starring Sam Shepard, Justina Machado and Isabella Rossellini in this romantic comedy that proves even the experts need to learn a few love lessons now and then.

Doctor, heal thyself! That's the wry message underscoring the charming romantic comedy The Accidental Husband, which features Uma Thurman as Emma, a radio "love doctor" who can't quite seem to manage her own love life off the air. The cast is splendid, led by Thurman, who has rarely gotten to show her comic chops, and who really is very funny and has a gift for physical comedy as well. The two bachelors whose lives are accidentally (on purpose?) entangled with hers are played by two dreamboats, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (rugged firefighter Patrick) and Colin Firth (her fiancé, Richard). The chemistry between Emma and both suitors is crackling and captured well on film by director Griffin Dunne. Thurman, Morgan, and Firth are joined by a supporting cast every bit as spot-on as they are: Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams, Isabella Rossellini, Sarita Choudhury, and Keir Dullea, each of whom brings his or her own quirks and charms. The Accidental Husband is very much in the mode of Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Bridget Jones films--which is to say, make a date with it for your next date night. --A.T. Hurley

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining January 31, 2011
I really liked this movie, and I'm a guy. Sure it was improbable but then romantic comedies always are. Great performances all around from a very fine cast. Just one thing had me pulling my hair (again): that scene of the sprinklers in the churchl I wish I had a dollar for every time I have seen a movie scene where someone sets off a single sprinkler head and ALL the heads open up and drench everyone. Folks, sprinklers don't work that way, at least not ordinary sprinklers. Only the sprinkler head that gets the heat opens up; if they all opened most systems would fail due to insufficient water pressure. Okay, enough Fire Protection 101. After all it is a comedy and it makes the plot work. So despite that flaw, which has been repeated a hundred times in film, I loved the movie. We need more romantic movies like this, with beautiful actors and emotional connections, and fewer adolescent comedies with geek-ugly male leads, loads of bathroom jokes and scatological humor. I swear sometimes it seems Hollywood has been taken over by a gang of 13 year old boys.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a perfect rental or a great date movie May 16, 2008
Yes, it's fluff but, to the tell you the truth, I couldn't stop watching it. At first, the premise seems ludicrous - why would anyone engaged to Colin Firth be happy to be married to someone else? As the circumstances of the movie unfold and one realizes that Firth is more the "safe bet" Mr. Darcy character he is so famous for playing, whereas the other man is the epiphany of freedom, adventure, and excitement, the answer becomes quite obvious. At the theaters, this movie will be best enjoyed as part of the date movie ritual; as a rental, this movie will do marvelously.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit the right notes. October 22, 2010
By M. Card
I love this movie because it went to an impossible place and still all the actors sold it. It was smart and thoughtful. No actor over did it with over the top hating and crying. Sometime silly but never eye rolling. Light and Fun.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Charming, entertaining and fun! Uma Thurman shines in her first major romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband". A refreshing take on love triangle storyline with the inclusion of South Asian pop culture mixed in. Also, featuring a solid performance from Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. If you enjoy romantic comedies, give this film a chance!

"The Accidental Husband", the romantic comedy directed by actor Griffin Dunne ("Frasier", "After Hours", "Duke of Groove") and features a screenplay by Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor and Bonnie Sikowitz ("Spin City, "Scrubs"), music by composer Andrea Gurrera ("Dada's Dance", "Birdwatchers", "A Perfect Day") and cinematographer William Rexer ("The Devil Came On Horseback", "I Think I Love My Wife", "Fierce People").

The film that had so much potential but unfortunately, similar to the film "The Maiden Heist", was shelved indefinitely after the bankruptcy of the distributor Yari Film Group before it was set to premiere in the United States. The film did manage to get a theatrical debut in the UK.

The film would be the first to showcase Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill", "The Avengers", "My Super Ex-Girlfriend") in her first romantic comedy and star along with Colin Firth ("Easy Virtue", "Pride and Prejudice", "Bridget Jones"), Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy", "Supernatural"), Sam Shepard ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", "Stealth", "Swordfish") and Isabella Rossellini ("Napoleon", "Infamous", "Alias").

The film revolves around Dr. Emma Lloyd (played by Uma Thurman). A well-known radio talk show host in New York City who talks about love and relationships in her program. She's dating Richard Bratton (played by Colin Firth) who is a publisher and the two are planning to get married.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It's one thing to root for the underdog. It's quite another thing to root for stupid and poor. Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman, the talented and beautiful star of several excellent and successful films) is a smart and successful talk radio personality, i.e., as smart as a talk radio personality can be, which maybe is what we should be questioning. Emma is engaged to Richard Braxton (Colin Firth, the talented star of several excellent and successful films), a smart and successful businessman. One day, Emma advises a woman to end her (the woman's) relationship with her (the woman's) fiancé, Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whose talent is not evident and who hasn't been in a decent film, let alone an excellent and successful one), a New York City firefighter. A native New Yorker myself, I have great respect for New York City's Bravest. Had this character been Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) or Captain Mike Kennedy (John Travolta) of Ladder 49, I'd have a very different opinion of this film. But Sullivan isn't the kind of person who anyone would consider smart or successful. He wasn't good enough for the unfortunate woman whom Lloyd advised to dump him. How Lloyd could choose to be with him is more than a mystery, it's an affront to the audience and maybe society. This film might have been decent if, after getting to know Sullivan, Lloyd recanted her advice to Sullivan's fiancé and everyone learned something that helped both couples. But as it is, this is a stinker.
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