Cheerful Weather For The Wedding


Cheerful Weather For The Wedding

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On her wedding day, with just hours to go until the ceremony, a young woman's future is suddenly thrown into chaos by the appearance of a former lover. (c)Official Site

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Felicity Jones
as Dolly Thatcham
Elizabeth McGovern
as Mrs. Thatcham
MacKenzie Crook
as David Dakin
Fenella Woolgar
as Nancy Dakin
Zoe Tapper
as Evelyn Graham
Julian Wadham
as Uncle Bob
Ellie Kendrick
as Kitty Thatcham
Paola Dionisotti
as Mrs. Whitstable
James Norton
as Owen Bigham
Barbara Flynn
as Aunt Bella
John Standing
as Horace Spigott
Kenneth Collard
as Whitstable
Ben Greaves-Neal
as Jimmy Dakin
Joanna Hole
as Miss Spoon
Emil Lager
as Aunt Bella's Chauffeur
Melanie Gray
as Pretty Woman
Edward Saxby
as Tony Bigham
Jonathan Saxby
as Tiger Bigham
Jim Conway
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Cheerful Weather For The Wedding

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

  • The film builds up to something that never comes.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story.

    Dec 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What it doesn't have is drama or wisdom or comedy or heat, something to temper the banalities.

    Dec 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Not to say it isn't an enjoyable diversion. Just that it's also a superficial one.

    Dec 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The glossy appearance and trappings may evoke standard Anglophile nostalgia, but below the veneer is a cynical portrait of bored, shallow Britons halfheartedly going through the motions of a celebration.

    Dec 6, 2012 | Rating: 2/5
  • The dominance of the madcap side of the film's split personality lays an airy veneer over Dolly and Joseph's woes, making them seem inconsequential - as unsubstantial as an observation about wedding-day weather.

    Dec 6, 2012 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cheerful Weather For The Wedding


Despite it's shortcomings, the chemistry is so strong between Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway, that even though they spend a majority of the film apart, the connection between them carries the film. Felicity is gorgeous as always, performing in such a lyrical beauty that radiates through her lack of dialogue. She is the star and even though most of her actions are mirrored off of the rest of her family, she still shines. Treadaway also mostly uses his expressions to portray his character and the highlight of the film is a moment where he kindly dances with Jones' younger sister, gazing at Felicity the entire time. No words are spoken, but the emotion is strong. Apart from these performances, "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is an average dramatic comedy, with a dry, British humor and a lack of ingenuity. Had the director pushed nuanced feel, the film could have been so much more impacting. Instead it relies too heavily on its bright cast and too list on its substance and direction.

Christopher Haskell
Christopher Haskell

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Slow and without heart.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

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In 1932, Dolly(Felicity Jones) begins her wedding day by praying to the porcelain gods, followed by finding the exact wrong time to get reacquainted with her Tolstoy. Meanwhile, downstairs, her sister Kitty(Ellie Kendrick) and Evelyn(Zoe Tapper) find little to do except to comment on the appearance of Dr. Joseph Patten(Luke Treadaway) who was last heard of in Greece and was not expected for the ceremony, least of all by Dolly's mother(Elizabeth McGovern). Then, Owen(James Norton), the groom, puts in an appearance to find out where the ring is. Aided by exquisitely serene performances from its leads, "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is a witty and bittersweet look at the intersection of family and marriage which shows how hard it is to get through a wedding entirely sober.(The old line being that it is 5 pm somewhere.) As such, the important details lie just below the surface, as bombshells, both literal and metaphorical, are dropped on this most important of days. With a respect and subtle critiquing of this time's traditions, the movie makes multiple uses of time, not only in how it moves too quickly and too slowly for some characters but by going back to happier times and better weather.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Jason Robinson

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