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rom coms about weddings or getting married

The Knot

MV5BNDI5MzQzNjQ3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTIzNjExOA@@._V1_SY317_CR14,0,214,317_Talulah Riley, Noel Clarke, Mema Suvari, Matthew McNulty, Susannah Fielding, Louise Dylan, Rhoda Montemayor

Jeremy and Alexandra are getting married. Mishaps occur in the lead up to the big day, on the actual big day, in fact, even in the church. Will this couple be able to tie the knot after all?

I’m not going to waste much brain space on this movie. I’m sorry to say that it is a hideous embarrassment to the genre of romantic comedy films. Some of the acting is appalling, some of the characters are damn foolish, some of the script is unnecessary, and some of the film just shouldn’t have made it out of the editing suite.

I’m now officially SICK AND TIRED of wedding rom coms, perpetuating this archaic idea that all little girls dream of their wedding day, the biggest day of their lives! Are we not passed this yet? Look around you people, other things are going on!!!

 

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The Big Wedding

MV5BMTcwODUwMjg2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTc2NzkxOA@@._V1_SX214_Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Topher Grace, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes

Don and Ellie have three children – Lyla, Jared and Alejandro. Alejandro, their adopted son, is getting married. Don and Ellie have been long divorced, but pretend to still be married when Alejandro’s Columbian mother comes for the wedding. Don’s new partner, Bebe (Ellie’s old best friend), is not too pleased with this arrangement. But it’s meant to keep the peace.

Lyla and Jared bring their own problems with them to the big wedding, as if the day couldn’t get more complicated!

This was supposed to be the big rom com for 2013. But I don’t think it was a great success. You can’t fault the acting from some of Hollywood’s finest, but the story doesn’t come together with the bang it could of. Perhaps there are too many story lines. I think the days of the all-star cast at one time in one rom com are over. Disappointing.

The Wedding Video

MV5BMTEyODgzMDU4NDleQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDg1OTA3MTg@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Lucy Punch, Harriet Walter, Robert Webb, Rufus Hound, Michelle Gomez, Matt Berry

Tim and Saskia are soon to be married. Tim’s brother, Raif, is the best man as well as maker of the very unofficial wedding video. He is aiming for an independent filmmaking style, capturing behind-the-scenes images and the ‘warts and all’ of the whole wedding – the tension, the personal and private moments.

Mother-of-the-bride, Alex, is trying to outdo every other Cheshire mother in organising the biggest, the best, the most extreme wedding of the season. The pressure finally gets to Saskia, who turns to Raif for a bit of fun and stress relief.  Tim isn’t happy with Saskia bunking off, adding to the tension already surrounding the couple. Will they make it to the church on time? And will the camera have to stop rolling?

I have been waiting for Lucy Punch to have her own leading role, and I wasn’t disappointed in her. This film is terrific. There hasn’t been a lot of films in the last couple of years that have made me laugh like this! 

The script is excellent. Usually wedding rom coms tick off a check list of over-the-top and stereotypical characters: the scary father-in-law; the controlling mother of the bride; the rebellious sister; the idiot best man; and the gay wedding planner all in a tither. But, thankfully, this film doesn’t stick to the formula and you don’t see any of these characters.

Punch is just tremendous; Michelle Gomez as the wedding planner is hilarious; and Rufus Hound is extremely likeable. The dialogue is fluid, the pace is just right, the relationships are realistic, and the comedy is subtle and smooth. I really like this film and will watch it again. One of the best (if not the best) romantic comedy film of 2012.

The Decoy Bride

MV5BMTM4ODk4MTU3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDU1NDczNw@@._V1_SX214_Kelly Macdonald, Alice Eve, David Tennant, Sally Phillips, Michael Urie

Famous movie star, Lara Tyler, is getting married. She wants a private wedding but the paparazzi are on her tail wherever she goes. The wedding party travel to a small Scottish Island called Hegg to hold the ceremony in secret.

Katie (Macdonald) has just returned home to the island after a breakup. She and her mum get tied up in the secret celebrity wedding – Katie’s mum wants to make money from selling the story to the press; and the wedding party need Katie to act as a decoy bride to get the press off the scent. And it works, in part, but not everything goes according to plan.

This is one of those films that I was eager to see and didn’t want to be disappointed. If it wasn’t for Kelly MacDonald (see her best and edgiest role in Trainspotting), then it would have been pretty average. But MacDonald’s character is charming and and she herself is mesmerising.

There are also good supporting roles from Phillips and Urie as Lara Tyler’s assistants – these roles are often over done and exaggerated to the point of irritation, but that isn’t the case here. The scenery is terrific and it is a nice change to be in the Hebrides.

I’m not sure that The Decoy Bride should make it into the Top Flicks category, but it’s still a good film, with likeable actors, and an enjoyable story.

The Accidental Husband

MV5BMTgwODQ0NTY3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjA2NTQ3MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Lindsay Sloane, Isabella Rossellini

The Love Doctor, Emma Lloyd, dishes out relationship advice to women on a New York radio station. Her advice comes from her successful, new book, and her real life ‘picture perfect’ relationship with fiancé, Richard (Firth).

She advises a radio caller, Sophia, to leave her fiancé, Patrick, right before their wedding. In revenge, Patrick gets help to hack into births, deaths and marriages and forge a marriage certificate between himself and the good doctor.

When Emma finds out she’s accidentally married, she has to quickly have the marriage annulled before she can get hitched to Richard. Patrick is the polar opposite to Richard. Despite this, during the time they spend together, they develop feelings for each other, threatening the ‘picture perfect’ life Emma plans for herself, and threatening the revenge plans Patrick has.

This is another rom com film from the busy year of 2008. This one, however, doesn’t ‘make the grade’. Thurman’s character is too scattered and she seems to make the rest of the movie scattered and jittery. Her relationships are under explored and the characters are disconnected. I couldn’t warm to her in this role and the film fell on its face. I’ve never seen Colin Firth in a movie I didn’t like, so I was disappointed he was in this flick. You don’t ever have to worry if you never see it.

Made of Honour

MV5BMTk1MzA5MjEzMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk0MjU1MQ@@._V1_SX214_Michelle Monaghan, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin McKidd, Busy Phillips

Tom is the quintessential loveable bad boy – he gets to sleep with whoever he wants and still hang out with his best friend from college, Hannah. Good for him, bad for Hannah who’s pushing 30 and is now looking for something more.

When Hannah is no longer there for him, Tom realises he wants her more than anyone – maybe there’s more to life than sleeping around. But he may have left it too late – Hannah has a new boyfriend and is getting married in Scotland.

Hannah makes Tom her maid of honour. In this role he has two weeks to stop the wedding and make Hannah see her future is with him instead of her new beau. Will he make it to the church in time?

This is another rom com flick from 2008 that ‘makes the grade’. The humour is on the level and the characters likeable. The film involves one of our rom com archetypes – the bad boy who makes good – and the story line can hold your attention the whole way. Lovely film that was made before wedding films got predictable.

Kiss the Bride

MV5BMTg1ODgwODU4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTY0ODU2MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Tori Spelling, Philipp Karner, James O’Shea

Matt finds out his first love, Ryan, is getting married – to a woman! So he returns to his home town where he grew up to rescue him. But on meeting Ryan’s fiancé, Alex, Matt has to admit she’s a great girl. He doesn’t want to hurt her feelings, but he needs to tell Ryan he still loves him before he gets married and makes a huge mistake. Alex doesn’t know about Matt’s gay past and if she finds out, who knows what might happen.

Oh the confusion! Alex and Matt make out, Ryan and Matt make out. Is this a film about exploring sexually identity? Or is it about love? I don’t know.

It is great to have a rom com with homosexuality so prominently featured, but unfortunately it is a totally crap film. Matt and Ryan keep taking their shirts off to reveal some extremely buff bodies (sometimes I thought it was going to slip into gay porn!), but most of the time it didn’t have any connection to the storyline.

I think the story itself could have made a pretty good rom com film, but it is all too pretty, with not enough flow.

The Wedding Party

MV5BMTY5MDY5MDg3MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk1ODM5Ng@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_Isabel Lucas, Josh Lawson, Kestie Morassi, Nadine Garner, Essie Davis, Steve Bisley, Rhonda Burchmore, Geoff Paine

Steve finds himself in a sticky financial situation and can’t commit to his girlfriend, Jacqui, until he sorts it out. In order to sort it out, he decides to marry a Russian woman who is seeking residency in Australia. This will fix his financial woes, but it doesn’t do anything to help his real relationship.

Steve’s family doesn’t know that this is a business transaction and they become involved in organising a big wedding with all the trappings that the bride and groom were seeking to avoid. How will Steve explain all this to Jacqui?

I was a little underwhelmed by this film, but it was better than the last wedding flick with Lawson. The family members are great and I really enjoyed Nadine Garner and Essie Davis.

Sometimes Australian rom coms set their own agendas, and don’t follow the US formula too strictly. This film did that. Although it followed the basic rom com rules, it was obvious where the director made her own moves and deviated from the path of conservative America.

Not one of the better ones I’ve seen but still worth a watch.

Wedding Rom Coms

MV5BNzk3MjA1NzE5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTQ0NTcxOA@@._V1_SX214_Here is a list (most likely incomplete) of rom coms about weddings starting from the year 2000. Is it my imagination or is this whole wedding thing popular at the moment?

Common themes and issues that come up in the rom com wedding movie in the 21st Century are:

  • sibling gets married and so the other sibling has feelings of envy or disillusionment with own life
  • sibling gets married and other sibling is a non-commitment person
  • friend gets married and other friends have feelings of envy or disillusionment with own life
  • friend gets married and best man or other friends are non-commitment people

Here is my list so far:

Bachelorette

Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden

MV5BNzk3MjA1NzE5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTQ0NTcxOA@@._V1_SX214_Regan, Becky, Gena and Katie are old school friends. Becky (Wilson) announces that she’s getting married – the first out of all of them. This prompts the other three to go into a tail-spin of envy and self-doubt.

They gather for the bachelorette party right before the wedding and, predictably, the three friends start behaving badly (drugs, drinking, stupidity). This behaviour culminates in Becky’s wedding dress being ruined. The three friends embark on an adventure to fix the dress before the nuptials, meeting up with the boys at the bachelor party, meeting up with ex-boyfriends, meeting up with nice guys from school who really like you…

I started to get disheartened when I was about 10 to 15 minutes into the film. But it slowly picked up, and the second half was much better than the first.

The thing is…it’s not a great film, but the actors are some of the best in rom coms. I adore Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher (I can take or leave Kirsten Dunst) so enjoyed seeing them work together.

Look, you can take or leave this flick, don’t expect Bridesmaids, but I think it’s worth a look and wouldn’t mind a second one myself.