The reviews are starting to trickle in for License to Wed, in theaters July 3, and they’re not pretty. The Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt starts his with this bold statement: “Comedies don’t get much lamer than License to Wed. Working from a flawed premise with characters lacking credibility and plot turns more moronic than funny, the movie flatlines in about five minutes.” Variety’s Brian Lowry concurs: “Unleashing Robin Williams in the least flattering possible manner, License to Wed squanders the modest chemistry between its appealing central couple — Mandy Moore and The Office’s John Krasinski — uniting its elements in an astonishingly flat romantic comedy, filled with perplexing choices. Tossed into the summer season, pic is at best a relatively harmless way to enjoy air conditioning for those who admire Williams’ ability to riff, even at his most irritating; otherwise, Warner Bros. should see its theatrical stay quickly annulled.”
I’m not bashing the movie — which my mother, one of the aforementioned Williams fans, has already informed me that we’re seeing when I visit this weekend — for those reasons. I’m bashing it for this one: I could’ve written those reviews from the trailer (below). Couldn’t they have at least made the trailer funny? I suppose we should be thanking them for honesty in advertising, but really, trailers for comedies should be funny. I laughed once, and only because I find anyone getting hit in the head with anything funny.Did you laugh at this trailer? What other previews for comedies have you found decidedly unfunny?