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The Accidental Husband
The Accidental Husband
Actors: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Isabella Rossellini
Director: Griffin Dunne
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2009     1hr 30min

Firefighter Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancée suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman). Determ...  more »


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Actors: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Isabella Rossellini
Director: Griffin Dunne
Creators: Uma Thurman, Jason Blum, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Bob Yari, Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor, Bonnie Sikowitz
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/10/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Ellen M. (EllenMargaret) from SMACKOVER, AR
Reviewed on 5/24/2016...
I was expecting a silly movie, but it was a lot better than that. Highly entertaining, a great movie to watch for a date night.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 6/15/2015...
Fun movie.
Lynn P. from VILLA RICA, GA
Reviewed on 2/25/2013...
Sabina D. from BROOKLYN, NY
Reviewed on 5/15/2011...
i really liked that dvd. i love jeffrey dean morgan alot. i could watch it over and over again. and he is funny. i have been watching a long time for this dvd.

s darby

Movie Reviews

A perfect rental or a great date movie
AIROLF | USA | 05/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, it's fluff but, to the tell you the truth, I couldn't stop watching it. At first, the premise seems ludicrous - why would anyone engaged to Colin Firth be happy to be married to someone else? As the circumstances of the movie unfold and one realizes that Firth is more the "safe bet" Mr. Darcy character he is so famous for playing, whereas the other man is the epiphany of freedom, adventure, and excitement, the answer becomes quite obvious. At the theaters, this movie will be best enjoyed as part of the date movie ritual; as a rental, this movie will do marvelously."
Charming, entertaining and fun! Uma Thurman shines in her f
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 11/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Charming, entertaining and fun! Uma Thurman shines in her first major romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband". A refreshing take on love triangle storyline with the inclusion of South Asian pop culture mixed in. Also, featuring a solid performance from Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. If you enjoy romantic comedies, give this film a chance!

"The Accidental Husband", the romantic comedy directed by actor Griffin Dunne ("Frasier", "After Hours", "Duke of Groove") and features a screenplay by Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor and Bonnie Sikowitz ("Spin City, "Scrubs"), music by composer Andrea Gurrera ("Dada's Dance", "Birdwatchers", "A Perfect Day") and cinematographer William Rexer ("The Devil Came On Horseback", "I Think I Love My Wife", "Fierce People").

The film that had so much potential but unfortunately, similar to the film "The Maiden Heist", was shelved indefinitely after the bankruptcy of the distributor Yari Film Group before it was set to premiere in the United States. The film did manage to get a theatrical debut in the UK.

The film would be the first to showcase Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill", "The Avengers", "My Super Ex-Girlfriend") in her first romantic comedy and star along with Colin Firth ("Easy Virtue", "Pride and Prejudice", "Bridget Jones"), Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy", "Supernatural"), Sam Shepard ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", "Stealth", "Swordfish") and Isabella Rossellini ("Napoleon", "Infamous", "Alias").

The film revolves around Dr. Emma Lloyd (played by Uma Thurman). A well-known radio talk show host in New York City who talks about love and relationships in her program. She's dating Richard Bratton (played by Colin Firth) who is a publisher and the two are planning to get married.

Meanwhile, Patrick Sullivan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is set to get married to his fiance...until his fiance has second feelings about the marriage after listening to Dr. Lloyd's radio program and realizes from calling into the show that she is not in love with him and breaks up the relationship.

Patrick hears the program while driving home with his friends after a game of soccer and is shocked that his (ex) fiance really listened to Dr. Lloyd that when he get home. So, depressed and in anger, Patrick talks to friend/young hacker to cause problems for Emma Lloyd and give her a taste of her medicine by creating a marriage certificate which says that she is married to him.

So, on the day that Emma and Richard are to get their marriage license, they find out that she is married to man she has never met. Due to the rules, the only way to take care of this is by meeting up with Patrick Sullivan and getting him to sign off on paperwork to end their "marriage" and then get the papers notarized.

Seems simple enough but with Patrick wanting his revenge on Emma, he's determined to get close to this beautiful blonde by going to her workplace, meanwhile Emma knows she needs these papers sign and notarized so she tries to be nice with him which includes allowing him to go with her to a cake tasting for her wedding and by doing that, both Emma and Patrick must pretend that they are a couple and that is when things start to go awry. Especially when they discover that they may have feelings for each other.


"The Accidental Husband" is a beautiful film shot in New York City. Really beautiful shots above the New York City skyline and various areas in the city. The film continues Yari Film Group's incorporation of Indian culture in the film and thus we see Patrick living with an Indian family, his good friend is Indian and we see the culture showcased at an Indian party that the characters attend.

It was very interesting to see New York but that South Asian flair in the film and for the most part William Rexer did a fine job in getting really beautiful shots of the city. Picture quality was nice and vibrant on DVD and is presneted in 1:85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen.

As for audio, the film is presented in English 5.1 (Dolby Digital). For the most part, the film is dialogue and music driven. Front and center channels are clear and understandable and music plays a big part in this film. Especially Indian music. Overall, not a film that showcases action, so the soundtrack is quite satisfactory for the film.

Subtitles are in English.


"The Accidental Husband" comes with the following special feature:

* Matters of the Heart: Making-Of Featurette - (20:40) Interviews with the the cast and crew in regards to the making of the film. Uma Thurman talks about getting the opportunity to play a comedic role and working with Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Griffin Dunne talks about the cast and why he cast some of the main talent and more.


"The Accidental Husband" is a charming, fun and enjoyable romantic comedy. Granted, it's not the best romantic comedy ever made but the fact that it tries to be different in showcasing the typical storyline of woman is to marry a man #1, woman meets new man #2 and finds magic with man #2 but yet knows she is getting married to man #1. Sure, we have seen these type of films done many times before but "The Accidental Husband" tries to be different as it incorporates that Indian culture into the film.

In a way this was quite unexpected because this is not a Bollywood film but the addition of Ajay Naidu playing the part of Deep, Patrick's best friend and Patrick living at his family's building, there is a good amount of Indian culture featured in the film and also music, despite the main characters being Caucasian.

So, in some ways, there is a taste of Bollywood in this film. Subtle but yet it gives a refreshing take to a often-used relationship storyline seen in previous romantic comedies and I enjoyed that. Some may find it disruptive but I found it quite refreshing for a change.

As for the talents in the film, Uma Thurman did a great job of playing Dr. Emma Lloyd. She mentions in the special features that she's never given romantic comedy scripts. Comedy in general and now with this film, she's given a chance, especially being one of the Executive Producers on the film. And interesting enough, where she is known for her action-based films such as "Kill Bill" and "The Avengers", in this film...she actually got hurt (as well as Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and broke her hand. But despite those injuries, she did a great job and I found her performance to be quite enjoyable but its such a shame that the film didn't get the opportunity for a theatrical release in the US.

As for her leading men, Colin Firth is always an actor that is enjoyable to watch onscreen. Such an amazing talent and deadpan humor, although not a tremendous role in the film, his moments in the film are quite hilarious and entertaining. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a surprise. Many of us have seen him playing the patient on "Grey's Anatomy" but "The Accidental Husband" is his first major role to play a major character lead along with Uma Thurman and Colin Firth. But overall, solid performances from both men.

Overall, "The Accidental Husband" was a good film and does things much differently than other films similar to it. The inclusion of South Asian cultural themes definitely gives the film a refreshing spin and for the most part, I enjoyed the talent and definitely seeing Uma Thurman take on a romantic comedy which she did very well. Romantic comedy fans, give this film a chance!"
Surprisingly disappointing
Aimee Babbin | NJ USA | 02/11/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was greatly surprised that I didn't like this movie at all. I usually love all romantic comedies and am perfectly willing to suspend all sense of disbelief for any movie. However, I practically hated this movie because I hated the plot. I could forgive its predictability and cheesiness, but not its total disregard for anything seemingly believable! The woman gives up the perfect man - honest, kind, considerate, and loves her to death; even if he is a "safe bet" (I mean he's so perfect that, at the end, he neatly steps aside so she can be happy with the other guy). Instead, she wants the guy with whom she has nothing in common and who falsified a wedding certificate just to mess with her life. It's nonsensical to me and it's not romantic. I spent the whole movie praying she'd come to her senses and stay with her fiance.

However, if you're in the mood for a mindless chick flick, it's not a bad choice. There are some parts that are pretty good and I enjoyed the cinematography in NYC. My problem was with the plot - I just wanted to slap Uma's character silly at the end!"