Jalla! Jalla! (The Best Man's Wedding) (2001)
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Movie InfoA young man thinks he's found the girl of his dreams, until he learns that his father has different ideas in this fast-paced Swedish comedy. Roro (Fares Fares) is the teenaged son of a Lebanese expatriate living in Sweden; Roro has a job as a park attendant where he minds the grounds with Måns (Torkel Petersson). One day while working, Roro meets a pretty girl named Lisa (Tuva Novotny). They talk, and before long, a romance has blossomed between them. But Roro's father (Jan Fares) wants his son to marry a nice Lebanese girl, and before Roro can work up the courage to tell his father about Lisa, he learns that he has been pledged to marry fellow immigrant Yasmin (Laleh Pourkarim). Yasmin is no more enthusiastic about this idea than Roro, but they both feel they have to play along for the sake of their families. However, Yasmin quickly becomes fond of Roro, and she's crushed when Roro introduces her to Lisa as his cousin; Lisa is just as devastated when she learns the truth about Roro's relationship with Yasmin. Måns, meanwhile, is having problems of his own -- he's suddenly become impotent, and as he and his girlfriend, Jenny (Sofi Ahlström Helleday), try an increasingly elaborate variety of sexual gymnastics in hopes of restoring Måns' virility, they start to wonder if their relationship can survive the ordeal. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Jalla! Jalla! (The Best Man's Wedding)
It's a first feature from a young director, and still has a bit of film-school gawkiness about it. But there's talent here, and probably better films to come.
A warm, sweet Swedish romantic comedy about culture shock in Scandanavia.
Or, as more than a few IMDB reviewers have hinted: My Big Fat Swedish Wedding.
Unlike many broad comedies, Jalla! Jalla! has real affection for its characters and that makes it a winner.
A warm and funny buddy movie about relationships, sex and weddings - in that order. The performances are wonderful, and are played as straight as an arrow.
While the meandering story is coherently told, it labours under a dual storyline that tells completely different stories until they're tied together fairly unconvincingly at the end.
Full of some great physical comedy work from Torkel Petersson
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