I Do (But I Don't)
Directed by: Kelly Makin
Running time: 97 minutes
Editor's Review: **1/2 out of ****
Lifetime Network Original movie I Do (But I Don't), starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain is a good adaptation of the Cara Lockwood novel which bears the same title. It also bears a strikingly close resemblance to the 2001 big-screen motion picture The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. The lead character in both films is an up-and-coming, highly ambitious, anal retentive wedding planner who is the savior of the company who she works for. The owner's whom they toil for are legends in the wedding planning business who also have a penchant for tyrant Jack Terriers. The comparisons don't end there, because each film is highlighted by multiple misunderstandings, difficult clients and meddling family members, but this isn't a comparison review, and you get the point, so the focus will be on the television version.
Wedding planner Lauren Crandall (Richards) has just been commissioned to coordinate the premiere wedding of the season as fabulously wealthy socialite and business woman Darla Tedanski (Karen Cliche)is marrying local firefighter Jay Corina (Yannick Bisson). If she pulls off the assignment without a hitch, she is promised a partnership with the company she works for. With everything on the line, she can ill afford distractions.
Lauren encourages the Tedanski family to attend an upcoming wedding she has put together to give the family a feel for her vision of Darla's wedding.
The night before the wedding, Lauren is attending the Fireman's Ball and meets a very handsome distraction, er, fireman named Nick (Cain). The usual rom-com activity ensues; they dance, they converse, new feelings develop. During the conversation, Lauren is led to believe that Nick is her bride's fiance, her Cardinal Rule is never fall in love with the groom, so she relents getting to know him further, and, of course, he pursues her even more.
The next series of events reveal misunderstandings, cases of mistaken identity, half-truths and confirmation of the adage that love is stronger than pride and does indeed conquer all, which leads to a very fitting ending, especially for a Lifetime Movie romantic comedy.
I Do (But I Don't) is the quintessential 'take me away' romantic comedy; light on the script, actors who are easy on the eyes, bliss then heartbreak and a happy fairytale ending. I highly recommend it for whenever you're in the mood for just that.