Rachel (Kristen Bell) is a workaholic business woman who has squeezed into her busy schedule time to get married. Only trouble is, just before she is scheduled to walk down the aisle, she takes a call on her much used cell phone. The wait at the altar convinces her husband-to-be that he will never be able to cope with her addiction and so he bows out.
Perhaps the major reason Rachel is fixated on making it big in the corporate world is that she has never gotten over her father Harry (Kelsey Grammer) walking out on her and her mother 25 years ago. Her resentment has isolated her from others and made her into a very solitary and selfish person.
This well-acted dramady is directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. It registers on our emotions as an appealing meditation on resentment and its destructive powers. The spiritual teacher Henri J. M. Nouwen has written in With Burning Hearts:
"Resentment is one of the most destructive forces in our lives. It is cold anger that has settle into the center of our being and hardened our hearts. Resentment can become a way of life that so pervades our words and actions that we no longer recognize it as such."
After Harry shows up at the wedding and father and daughter go out for a heavy-duty drinking session, they end up together on the cruise ship Rachel had planned to take to the Caribbean for her honeymoon. It is interesting to watch this tense young woman begin the process of hearing her father's story and reconciling with him. She is supported in this slow step-by-step process by their table mates on the cruise. Rachel even reaches out to a lonely divorcee (Seth Rogen) as a part of her attempt to let go of many of the old tapes which have stifled her relationships.
The perky performance by Kristen Bell and the penitential one of Kelsey Grammer combine to make this dramady into an appealing adventure.