Alright, I am a dedicated reader and escaper into all things romantic comedy. But I have avoided this movie, thinking it couldn't be enjoyable because of the premise. I can happily say I was wrong. In this fantasy, a beautiful young woman (Messing) hires an ivy league educated male escort, to pretend to be her date for her sister's wedding (Mulroney).
In its amusing tone and rollicking mood it reminds me, just a little bit, of Four Weddings and a Funeral. The Cousin is hilariously inappropriate; easily my favorite character. The Air Supply joke is just too funny, when, after he spots an old poster of the 80's group (Air Supply) in the closet of her childhood bedroom, he aptly breaks out into their most famous song, "All Out of Love," while he's taking a shower. Who hasn't done that, suddenly had a song stuck in their head after talking about a singer? But in this case it's also gentle teasing.
If you like light hearted romantic comedies that offer a brilliant mix of Hollywood and British actors or movies that make good use of beautiful English settings, then you can not fail to like this one. However, this is no Jane Austen. For example, the language occasionally veers towards choice words, although it never becomes explicit. And, I wasn't sure we needed to see so much of Dermot's well defined, "less than 9% body-fat" physique.
All in all, this one gets 5 stars for its beauty, for turning what could have been a distasteful theme into something amusing, for making me laugh out loud in parts, and most of all for surprising me.