The Accidental Husband (2008)

The Accidental Husband is a RomCom, as typical as they come. Starring Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth and Isabella Rosselini, it has a rather strong cast, and all in all, is above average, qualitatively. Unfortunately, it starts with a rather strained premise and invokes cliché after cliché.

Emma is a successful relationship coach with her own radio show and a few books. She’s engaged to her publisher, Richard. During one of her shows, she advises a caller to break up with her fiancé Patrick, who also hears the broadcast. Patrick decides that he wants revenge and hacks the computer files of New York City: He “marries” himself to Emma. She finds out and seeks him out to have the marriage anulled. Turns out that maybe the relationship coach isn’t so firm in her own relationship. RomCom ensues.


The Good Stuff:

  • It is very rare to actually have two hot guys in a RomCom. This one does, although Jeffrey Dean Morgan is slightly hotter, at least in my book.
  • It has some very nice jokes.
  • If you don’t think too much about it, it’s good entertainment.

The scene they shamelessly stole from My Best Friend’s Wedding. And honestly, Rupert Everett was better.

The Bad Stuff:

  • Could the characters be any flatter? I don’t think so. Especially Colin Firth’s Richard suffered from the “my whole personality is summed up with one word”-syndrome.
  • Cliché, cliché, cliché.
  • Where did the Bollywoodness* suddenly come from? And where did it go to again?


Summarising: Pretty average, but could have been a lot worse.

*I can’t stand the typical Bollywood movies that make it to Austria – meaning: pure kitsch, a lot of dancing and singing that doesn’t make any sense and so many plot twists and new developments that you can hardly keep up. I realise that those aren’t the only movies made in India. Or at least I really, really hope so.


4 thoughts on “The Accidental Husband (2008)

  1. “. I realise that those aren’t the only movies made in India.” True, but you’d be surprised at how little there is of anything else. They didn’t actually have the whole song-and-dance routine,did they?

    Also, how many Bollywood movies DO make it to Austria?

  2. :P
    Well, they were at an “Indian bar mitzvah” [quote] and people of course danced there. But then they also started to sing and, well, let me put it this way: I once suffered through a whole Bollywood movie and I’m extremely sensitive to Bollywood-dosages now. :)
    Although, what bugged me more was a) how a completely not Indian guy came to have an Indian family and nobody bothered to explain it and b) that it was so non-sequitur…

    Actually, quite a lot Bollywood movie make it here. They’re pretty popular… But I can’t give you any numbers…

  3. The Bollywood movies don’t make it to our big screens.
    But they are on (German satellite) TV every weekend, and they are all over the rental places. And the soundtracks seem to have taken over the record stores. And I stumbled upon a couple of Shah Rukh Khan biographies in my holiest-of-holies bookshop the other day.(And now, just to top it all off, I have Kajol singing something annoying in my head. *headdesk*)

    It’s an invasion by stealth, but it’s an invasion nonetheless.

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