License to Wed

Rated 2.0

An engaged couple (Mandy Moore, John Krasinski) enroll in a marriage-preparation course run by her family’s eccentric minister (Robin Williams). Of the four credited writers—Kim Barker, Tim Rasmussen, Vince Di Meglio, Wayne Lloyd—Rasmussen and Di Meglio have done three shorts and two features between them, while Barker and Lloyd have no credits at all. And the inexperience shows: The movie’s premise isn’t a story. It’s a stand-up comedy joke; the script slides from mean-spirited cracks about religion to lovey-dovey schmaltz without batting an eye or giving us an honest laugh (potty humor with incontinent, creepy-looking robot babies doesn’t count). Director Ken Kwapis and his cast are powerless to make the script work; Moore and Krasinski have inconsistent characters to play, while Williams has none.