The Wedding Video (2014)
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Movie InfoTHE WEDDING VIDEO is an uproariously funny comedy about every bride and groom's special day. When Raif (Rufus Hound) is asked to be the best man at his brother Tim's (Robert Webb) high society British wedding, he decides to make a no-holds-barred documentary of everything that happens leading up to the big day and give it as a gift to the happy couple. As the moment of matrimony approaches, nothing seems to be going according to plan, leaving the bride (Lucy Punch) and groom to wonder: "Whose wedding is this anyway?" Filled with a colorful and hilarious cast of characters, this is one wedding you won't soon forget! (C) Level 33 … More
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Video
The premise wears thin after a while and the humor is hit-and-miss, but when it's on its game "The Wedding Video" can be laugh-out-loud funny.
Supremely well-intentioned, low-budget British comedy which, with all the will in the world, a likeable cast can't quite power to greatness.
Still has lots of very funny moments and a realistic interpretation of the lengths some people go to when confronted by a camera lens and under ... pressure to perform.
It's not a bad production, but the excitement of its concept soon wears off - largely because wedding movies are so old hat these days. And who wears old hats at a wedding?
Except for a very silly ending, his film goes down as easily as a glass of bubbly.
A compendium of every terrible wedding experience and joke you ever heard (including the bride's teenage reputation for drugs and promiscuity), it's crude, broad and moderately funny.
The found-footage gimmick has become a tired cliché in the horror genre but it receives a new jolt of energy in this sprightly romantic comedy thanks to the comic spark provided by a clutch of big-and-small screen British stars.
This wedding comedy ought to be funnier and more lively than it is.There is, however, a good idea at its centre.
The film amuses and charms in equal measure, relying on the comic timing of its ensemble British cast led by Rufus Hound.
We get one or two outrageous sight gags and massive "getting progressively drunk" montages, and some neatly managed comedy on the laugh-with/laugh-at borderline.
It gets by more on goodwill than inspiration, but it's lightly amusing and well played.
Low on big laughs but remains enjoyable thanks to a consistently amusing script and strong comic performances from a talented cast, though it's also a little too predictable in places.
Not quite Four Weddings-funny but always entertaining and endearing in equal measure. Less so if you're preparing for a wedding.
Audience Reviews for The Wedding Video
The concept is okay, it's just not executed very well. There are some genuine funny moments, generally the bits where Rufus Hound and Lucy Punch are allowed to be themselves and there are some touching emotional moments. The scene in the kebab shop and the car on the way to the wedding were quite moving. It's just the rest of it that's crap. The ending was probably the worst scenario they could have come up with and ruins what good bits there are. A shame really, another typically unfunny British film that should have realised less is more. Also, Michelle Gomez is painfully unfunny and was given way too much screen time.
"We're trying to organize our wedding and you're treating it like it's some big party" Webb fumes at Punch in the movies one funny line. It's a line that condenses the message behind the film. The idea of a wedding ceremony is absurd when you think about it yet so many people become consumed by this ritual to the point where more work is often put into having a successful wedding than a successful marriage. It's an easy target for comedy but the writer of this, Tim Firth, seems clueless as to how to raise more than a handful of mild chortles from the subject.
The found footage genre has long been thought compatible only with horror. I could be mistaken but I think this is the first time it's been employed in the service of a comedy, if you discount mockumentaries like "Spinal Tap". The technique should fit the comedy genre like a glove as it gives film-makers a lot more options when it comes to provoking laughs. No longer do you need worry about breaking the fourth wall as the fourth wall conveniently doesn't exist therefore the audience can be addressed directly ala "Annie Hall". Director Cole never makes sufficient use of the tool he's employing and the handheld camera becomes less relevant as the film progresses. By the end you'll have forgotten this is meant to be a found footage film, and not because the story is gripping.
Britain has an abundance of good comic actors but a drought of decent comedy writers. Americans are often accused of lacking irony but I've yet to see British comedy that can compare to the likes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Frasier" and "The Larry Sanders Show" when it comes to writing which is both hilarious and sophisticated."The Wedding Video" sets out to be a witty critique of social norms and snobbery but lacks confidence in itself and it's audience, ultimately lowering itself to dick and bum jokes.
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