Movie Discussion #2: Made of Honor


On today’s discussion, we’ll be talking about a movie made in 2008, a romantic comedy (my favorite genre of movie actually despite my not talking about one before now): Made of Honor.

Made of Honor

I have a lot of feelz for this movie. It’s been one of my favorites ever since I first saw it, and there’s not a lot that comes close to holding a candle to it. Except maybe Leap Year, but that’s another discussion.

So, the premise of this movie is that Tom climbs into bed with the roommate of the woman he was trying to sleep with and they become best friends over the years upon their shared honesty with each other.

Over the years, Tom becomes a bit of a man-whore, which is frowned upon, but I will give him props. He’s honest with the women he sleeps with, and he does abide by a sense of rules that makes up for his man-whoring ways – especially once we meet his father who’s marrying his sixth wife, a woman his son’s age. Still, Tom is loyal to Hannah and they get along so well, it’s hard to see them as friends rather than a couple with an open relationship. Seriously. If we hadn’t been introduced to Tom (years after he and Hannah met) sleeping with a woman who wasn’t Hannah, I might have thought them to be a couple. They do all of the couple-y things. All. Of. Them.

And it’s even more apparent when they’re together at the reception of his dad’s wedding just how much she loves him. Almost painfully so, but not nearly as painful as seeing how blind he is to her feelings for him. It’s one of those times where I want to reach my hand through the screen and slap him. Man! What’s wrong with you?

But why doesn’t she ever say anything to him about it? I have a couple of theories. One, he’s a man-whore. He knows this. She knows this. There’s no qualms there. She also knows that, as such, he’ll break her heart. Oh, he might not mean to, but he will. Undoubtedly. Two, she’s denying it herself. I don’t think she wants to be in love with him. She likes having him as her friend. She likes keeping him at a distance. They’re being a couple would change their relationship, and I don’t think she wants to accept that in the end.

Either way, she doesn’t tell him, and it takes her leaving the country and meeting another man in order for Tom to get his own head out of his ass and realize his best friend is going to leave him. And of course… he loves her too much to let her go.

A lot of what follows is painful to watch sometimes as the whirlwind romance between Hannah and Colin develops. Poor Colin. He never really stood a chance. Maybe that’s why he and Hannah wanted to escalate the wedding. A fortnight. They’d only known each other a month, but they wanted to get married in A FORTNIGHT?!? For those who don’t know, a fortnight is two weeks. Two weeks. So, after six weeks of knowing each other, Colin and Hannah were going to be married.

Talk about a shotgun wedding. It was doomed from the start for that reason alone. It bothered me that none of her friends, and I mean none of them (Tom included), tried to talk to her about the insanity of marrying a man she just met and had only known for a few weeks and move out of the country to be with him. I understand Colin was a good guy, but I can’t help but think… What if he hadn’t been? This is how abusive relationships are formed. But in a hour’s worth of screen time, it was only mentioned once. Once. Gah!

That said, I still love the movie. It has humor and wit and I love how some of the characters are sarcastic son-of-a-bitches. They be my peeps, yo. The wit is strong with these people. It’s not the best movie out there, and there are a lot of cringe-worthy scenes, but it amuses me and is a feel-good movie more than anything.

Favorite Character

I realize that Tom is the main character and the movie’s about him and how he changes as he discovers he’s in love with Hannah, but it’s Hannah I love. She’s funny, smart, and she really knows what Tom needs/doesn’t need in his life.

Memorable Quotes

“You know, I’ve only truly been in love once. The most amazing woman in the world. She was my best friend. But I was young, stupid, and I messed it up. My great list of mistakes, that was the greatest.” ~ Thomas Sr.

“Come on, what are you there for, man? Take the shot, win the game, and bring her home. And stop running up my long-distance phone bill with these crazy calls.” ~ Felix

“Look… Hannah. You know, I pride myself on being honest with everybody. But there’s somebody I’ve been lying to for a very long time: myself. Because the truth is… Is scary. And 10 years ago, I got in bed with the wrong girl. She turned out to be the right one. I love you, Hannah. I always have. And I always will.” ~ Tom

Have you watched this movie? What did you think of it? Talk to me about it!


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