The film's overly developed plot does not help. Lopez plays Mary, a high-end San Francisco wedding planner with her sights set on landing the premiere account of a local society type (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, playing something just shy of the blond ice-princess roles to which she's usually relegated). By chance, Mary is saved from a runaway dumpster by Steve (McConaughey), a handsome young doctor who just happens to be engaged to Fran (Wilson-Sampras). They're smitten, Mary and Steve, but what can they do? What's worse--and completely unnecessary to the story --is that Mary's loving but dizzy father has arranged a marriage for her to a childhood friend from Sicily. It's all too nutty for a 21st century audience.
Though little of "The Wedding Planner" makes any sense, that might have been overcome had Lopez and McConaughey sizzled. The beautiful San Francisco vistas and dazzling costume designs (worn with style by Ms. Lopez) of Pamela Withers provide a visual elegance that's enchanting. But, alas, the film itself falls short of the same kind of enchantment. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Justine Chambers, Judy Greer, Alex Rocco, Joanna Gleason, Charles Kimbrough, Kevin Pollak, Fred Willard, Francis Bay and Kathy Najimy. Directed by Adam Shankman. Written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis. Produced by Peter Abrams and Deborah Del Prete. A Columbia release. Romantic comedy. Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual humor. Running time: 102 min