Bell plays the role of Marni, a successful PR executive. In high school, Marni was a pimply-faced, glasses and braces wearing girl with low self-esteem. She was heavily bullied, particularly by head girl, Joanna.
When she returns home for her brother’s wedding, she discovers that he is marrying Joanna, her past bully, her arch nemesis. Joanna has grown up to be a good girl and loved by all of Marni’s family. As her brother knew nothing about her bad girl past, Marni sets out to expose Joanna as a fraud.
This is a similar theme to 27 dresses with Katherine Heigl where she exposes her sister as a fraud to her future husband. In fact, generally this is a very common modern rom com theme – the imminent wedding where something goes wrong (either before the wedding or during the ceremony).
Weaver and Curtis play Joanna’s Aunt and Marni’s mother who went to school together and also have their issues from the past. It is a pleasure to see those two together on the screen.
One problem I have with this film is that Marni’s romance is not explored enough, perhaps there are too many threads. (The groom barely rates a mention either, but that is fairly typical of the wedding rom com where the bride and her offsiders take centre stage.)
I found the film started out okay but kind of went downhill. It’s not a bad choice for holiday viewing, Bell is lovely, it makes you remember your own high school issues, but overall it didn’t have enough appeal or comedy.