This week I decided to watch The Wedding Date. It is a little older than normal, but I absolutely love this movie. In addition to the standard romantic comedy plotline, the setting is beautiful and the music is great. The Wedding Date is a story of Kat (Debra Messing) who has to go to her sister’s destination wedding in London and hires a date, Nick (Dermot Mulroney), to be her boyfriend for the weekend in an effort to make her ex-fiance jealous.
Kat begins the movie as this needy, self-conscious woman who can only think of herself as a broken woman. She was engaged to the love of her life, but then he broke her heart when he called off the wedding. The sole reason why she hires Nick is to make Jeffrey jealous. Everything she does in the first half of the movie was influenced by her feelings for Jeffrey. However, by the end of the movie, Kat, through multiple fights with Nick, discovered that she loved Nick. Essentially, Kat went from placing her identity in one man to another.
Despite my love for this movie, I am annoyed by Kat’s portrayal of women. She implies that women need to be with a guy to be complete or whole. It is almost as if she is nothing without a man. Don’t we all know a few Kats? There are those girls who attach their identity to the guy that they are dating. And by doing so, they entirely lose their individuality and ability to be set apart.