Given that Adam Sandler did so well with fake marriage before, in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” the comic actor is heading to the non-altar once again. However, this time Sandler is getting a mock wife rather than a mock husband. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Aniston may costar as his stand-in bride in a romantic comedy titled “Pretend Wife.”
“Chuck and Larry” director Dennis Dugan will likely make this his seventh collaboration with Sandler, following the upcoming “Grown Ups.” The basic plot for “Pretend Wife” has been uncovered by Pajiba.com, and it sounds a bit odd, kind of like a romantic twist on Lars von Trier’s “The Boss of it All.”
Apparently Sandler’s character is so afraid of commitment that he tells his girlfriend that he’s married, with children. His game gets complicated though when the 22-year-old girl of his dreams threatens to leave him and he has to actually find a woman to play his wife in order to keep the girlfriend. Huh?
I’m actually curious to learn why the younger woman is more likely to stay with him if he indeed has a wife. Anyway, he will obviously end up falling for Aniston, as the pretend wife, because hired love interests always fall for their renter (see “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Pretty Woman,” “The Wedding Date,” etc.).
“Pretend Wife” was written by Allan Loeb (“21″) and Tim Dowling (“Role Models”), who originally called it “Holiday in Hawaii.” I guess that title would make it seem too much like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Especially since I can imagine Kristen Bell being cast as the 22-year-old girlfriend.
The movie already has a release date: February 11, 2011.