Nearlyweds (2013) Danielle Panabaker, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Britt Irvin, Ryan Kennedy Movie Review

Nearlyweds (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Jessica Parker Kennedy, Britt Irvin and Danielle Panabaker in Nearlyweds (2013)


Friends Erin (Danielle Panabaker), Casey (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Stella (Britt Irvin) have all just got married and all receive the news shortly after that their marriage paperwork didn't get finalised and so in fact they are not actually married. For Erin she finds dealing with her mother-in-law Renee (Naomi Judd), who has moved in, enough to make her wonder whether marriage is for her whilst career woman Stella finds her husband's desire to start a family straight away not inline with her plans. And then Stella finds herself wondering whether her husband is really committed to being her husband especially as he has hired his high school sweetheart to be his assistant.

"Nearlyweds" feels like 3 movies condensed in to one thanks to an idea which works as a get out of jail free card. What I mean is that as a Hallmark channel movie "Nearlyweds" is one of their inoffensive romantic comedies, easy watching for the easy listening brigade so to speak, and whilst divorce is readily accepted as part of modern life having the idea that the marriage certificates were never finalized allows each of the women to walk away from their marriages if need be without needing to take the audience down the ugly divorce route.

Once you look past the whole set up you then end up with 3 trouble relationships tossed together; the interfering mother-in-law, the not committed husband and the disagreement over starting a family. Each of these ideas has been done before and has been the sole basis of entire romantic comedies and surprisingly feels weaker when tossed together. It literally feels like "Nearlyweds" wasn't so much written but made by a committee who took 3 romantic comedies and found a way to splice them together and chop them down. Sadly the end result whilst not terrible doesn't do a great deal to suck you in and involve you with the comedy drama.

What this all boils down to is that "Nearlyweds" will be a fun movie for some to watch and with 3 troubled marriages it has some variation. But the troubles are not only so familiar but lacking in anything new that it isn't a movie which commands your attention or makes you really laugh.