Matthew McConaughey’s Least Favorite Romantic Comedy Is ‘The Wedding Planner’

Rotten Tomatoes called The Wedding Planner heavy-handed, contrived, and unoriginal. As if that weren’t awkward enough, the star of the movie says it’s his least favorite rom-com of all time. Why does leading man Matthew McConaughey have less-than-fond feelings about the flick? The answer may surprise you.

McConaughey doesn’t make a habit of slamming The Wedding Planner. The 2001 romantic comedy did, after all, put a lot of dollars into his bank account whilst securing his position as a Hollywood leading man. But when he showed up on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last week, the handsome actor revealed the fact that he holds little affection for the film.

Because Cohen posed the question

During the ‘Plead the Fifth’ portion of Watch What Happens, Cohen flat-out asked McConaughey to rank three of his most popular chick-flicks: The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Failure to Launch. Undoubtedly, it surprised a lot of viewers when the 49-year-old actor admitted that The Wedding Planner was his least favorite of the trio.

In case you missed The Wedding Planner

The plot of this box office hit revolves around a San Francisco wedding coordinator named Mary Fiore. Played by multi-talented Jennifer Lopez, Fiore is a cool-headed nuptial organizer until she quite literally falls for an attractive doctor named Steve Edison. Once that happens, all bets are off as the pair fall in love in a roundabout fashion. According to reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes, the manner of the movie was ‘as light as a wedding cake’ albeit chock-full of fluffy cliches .

McConaughey’s second-favorite movie

If what McConaughey told Andy Cohen is true, and we have no reason to disbelieve him, his second-favorite rom-com is Failure to Launch. Co-starring Sex and the City alumnus, Sarah Jessica Parker, Failure told the story of a 30-something guy with no motivation to leave his parents’ house.

Why How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was his favorite

Cohen’s question might have embarrassed some actors, but McConaughey took it in stride. Before deriding The Wedding Planner as his worst movie ever, McConaughey lauded How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days as the one that keeps the residual checks coming.

“That film has been my greatest mailbox money of any film. It is always on, and there’s always this great little check that shows up in the mail from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I did that, however, many years ago!”

A change in style

Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during the CinemaCon 2018 Gala

Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during the CinemaCon 2018 Gala Opening Night Event. | Ethan Miller/ Getty Images for CinemaCon

The first decade of the 21st century saw McConaughey in numerous romantic comedies, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fools Gold, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. In the wake of the latter, the blue-eyed Texan implored his agent to schedule auditions for jobs outside his usual comfort zone. Was that a good idea? Absolutely.

Alright, alright, alright

Leaving the romantic comedy genre behind put McConaughey into perfect position to accept roles that stretched the proverbial envelope of his talent. Dramatic roles in Mud, Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Paperboy caused critics to sit up and take notice of the actor named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 2005.

From chick flicks to Oscar-winning actor

McConaughey’s movie career paused momentarily, when he opted to hold out for meatier roles. Decrying the formula of romantic comedy to The Guardian, the actor explained.

“You know the story. Boy meets girl, we break up in the middle, boy chases her down at the end and meets her on a bridge or a moped.”

In 2013, McConaughey redeemed himself completely when he received the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his stunning portrayal of a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.

The way we see it, The Wedding Planner was an entertaining film that enabled the career of a remarkable actor. It’s not likely that McConaughey will ever return to the genre, and that’s okay with us, too.