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Polish Wedding (1998)

tomatometer

42

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 21

An awkward mix of drama and comedy lacks any genuine emotion.

33

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

An awkward mix of drama and comedy lacks any genuine emotion.

audience

53

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 5,158

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Movie Info

Theresa Connelly makes her directorial debut with her own screenplay, a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy-drama, set in working-class Detroit, about a large Polish-American family run by matriarch Jadzia Pzoniak (Lena Olin). Her four boys obey her, but adolescent Hala (Claire Danes) is rebellious and independent. Although happily married to bakery worker Bolek (Gabriel Byrne), Jadzia engages in an almost-open affair with Roman (Rade Serbedzija). Hala sneaks off for late-night trysts with her

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Theresa Connelly

Apr 17, 2001

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (21) | DVD (1)

Polish Wedding is a confident, light drama.

January 1, 2000 | Comments (2)
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A nearly laugh-free comedy!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Too many scenes float above reality!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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And you wondered why they have so many Polish jokes? Here's one.

July 10, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Although the film lacks the charm of the ethnic gem Moonstruck, it does justice in its own idiosyncratic way to the unpredictable course of love.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Mixes drama and comedy into an uneasy blend that muddles the honesty of each perspective and leaves behind a messy taste.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Polish Wedding an embarrassment to all concerned!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Polish Wedding often steams, but that just blurs the vision.

January 1, 2000
Oregonian

It didn't work for me, I got no warm and fuzzy feeling for this working-class family.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Doomed at its most basic elements.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Polish Wedding fails to engage us!

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Disappointing!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A disjointed but funny look at a fictitious, blue collar, Polish American family, Polish Wedding manages to be enjoyable due to its winning cast and charmingly buoyant aura that permeates the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Writer/director Theresa Connelly gets it right her first time out. She's helped by a good visual sense, a wonderful score, and strong writing that highlights her obvious love for her characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Polish Wedding captures family's highs and lows.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

A cure for the wedding bell blues infecting a Polish-American family chock full of moonstruck women and Adonis-featured men.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Finally, somebody's given Claire Danes a role in which she appears to be having fun!

January 1, 2000
TNT's Rough Cut

A pleasant romp!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Polish Wedding

Polish Wedding is a largely forgettable movie about a free spirited girl, Hala (Claire Danes), and her earthy, sensual mom, Jadzia (Lena Olin) and sad sack father, Bolek (Gabriel Byrne). Hala runs the streets at night, while her mom is having an affair with a guy at work, and her dad sits at home and mopes. The polish accents sounded forced, and were entirely unnecessary, but must have been meant to emphasize that these people were outsiders. This viewer found them annoying. The story followed a fairly predictable arc and the only thing that kept this viewer engaged was the radiant beauty of Ms Danes. Three stars, just for her.
December 31, 2010
Mark Abell

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Cute. Lena Olin and Claire Danes are very good in this.
March 3, 2009
SunilJawahir

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