Plot: Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) is a marriage counselor who puts a young couple through a series of tests before he allows them to get married.
Who’s it for: No one. I’m about to get married and I didn’t find any connection. Plus, there aren’t any laughs to speak of in this “comedy.”
Expectations: The previews didn’t look good, but I thought this film would be more about the couple and less about Robin Williams. I was wrong.
Robin Williams as Reverend Frank: Williams is apart of three of my all-time favorite films, “Dead Poet’s Society,” “Good Will Hunting” and “The Fisher King.” But the more he works, the more I realize it’s all about the material with him. Instead of coming of wise or cool, it’s insane and idiotic. He’s awful as a minister who engages in pain, lying and voyeurism to help couples. There is only one thing worse than Williams and that is Josh Flitter as his sidekick.
John Krasinki as Ben: This is Krasinki’s biggest role outside “The Office.” He seems affable enough, but I never got a sense of who he really is. I’m not even sure what he does for a living. I think we’re supposed to be rooting for him the entire time, but the only thing I wanted was for him to punch Reverend Frank, unfortunately when that actually happens it didn’t give me the relief I was hoping for.
Mandy Moore as Sadie: These are the type of cookie-cutter roles I am sick of women getting stuck with. Supposedly she’s a control freak, but then why does she let Reverend Frank dictate all of her decisions?
Sights and sounds: All the big comedy moments are over-the-top illogical. Whether it’s the word association game that gets Ben to insult his future family in mere seconds, or a blindfolded drive through the city, I never laughed.
One word — disrespect. “License to Wed” managed to offend me on a multitude of levels. Even though I disagree with much of organized religion, I felt bad for ministers to be somehow grouped with Reverend Frank. As someone engaged, I felt they disrespected what marriage can and should mean. And most importantly, I’m offended at their attempt at cringe-worthy humor. “The Office” manages to make me laugh at the expense on the insanely annoying Michael Scott (Steve Carell), but this film never understands you MUST provide a reason to root for someone unlikable. This is Robin Williams at his worst and not even John Krasinki, doing a poor-man’s Jim Halpert, can save this film’s soul. Avoid this film.
Overall Grade: 2