x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

The Accidental Husband

This movie is full of accidents but the biggest accident surrounding it is the fact that it ever got made.

Colin Firth and Uma Thurman in The Accidental Husband.
Colin Firth and Uma Thurman in The Accidental Husband.


Put simply, this movie is awkward, mismatched and embarrassing to watch. Uma Thurman is shocking as Dr Emma Lloyd, a famous radio DJ in New York. She giggles, walks and talks mechanically, and dishes out supposedly sensible advice ("Find the lioness within") to women callers while getting ready for a practical marriage. "Don't settle for a boyfriend. Demand a man friend," she says in the first five minutes of the film. Surely she's not referring to her fiancé, Richard (Colin Firth), who is a rather uptight and strait-laced suit with impeccable dress sense and a million-dollar publishing house. But when the pair go to pick up their marriage licence, it turns out that Emma is already legally married to Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a hunky, football-playing fireman who hacked into public records to fake the marriage as revenge after his fiancée took Dr Lloyd's on-air advice and broke off their engagement. Then the true horror begins: he falls for her (quickly) and things go from bad to worse. In the end, the best that can be said of the film is that some decent views of New York City make it bearable viewing on mute. With the sound on, the multitude of storylines not only fails to disguise the lack of a decent plot, it underlines it.