Made For Each Other (Made of Honor)
From friendship to love?
Can close but Platonic friendship between man and woman grow into love and marriage? The romantic comedy Made of Honor explores the theme with humor and insight. One imagines the principal screenwriter, Adam Sztykiel, may have been close to the situation experienced by his protagonists, Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan).
Made of Honor is effervescent as champagne but packs an eight-proof kick below the bubbles. The sharp edges of the script are felt in the opening scene, set at Cornell in 1998 during a student masquerade dance. The house is full of Monica Lewinskys in black berets and even an occasional Hillary. Moving gingerly among the revelers is Tom, concealed under a Bill Clinton mask. He’s a cigar sniffing Lothario hunting for female prey. Slipping into a dark room, the wrong dorm room it turns out, he mistakes Hannah for his intended Monica. Not having mace handy, she fends off her unwanted suitor by spraying him with Eternity by Calvin Klein.
not the usual beginning for a beautiful friendship, and Made of Honor never bothers showing how Hannah and Tom overcame the
sour taste of their first encounter. Instead, it cuts to the next scene 10
years later. By then, Tom is a wealthy
plot takes its inevitable turn when, scouting for art in
wedding is set for a fortnight after her return to
The feminine role Tom must assume as maid of honor, including organizing the bridal shower, is reminiscent of the gender bending endured by Cary Grant in several vintage comedies. Dempsey is no Grant, Hugh or Cary, but handles himself with sufficient aplomb. Monaghan is adorable as the woman who, tired of waiting for the man of her life to shed his Peter Pan wings, plunges abruptly into the uncharted arms of a stranger. What discoveries will Hannah make? Could she have imagined that Colin practices his bagpipes for two hours every night?