Kiss the Bride (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Kiss the Bride
This is another one of those poorly-acted, TV sitcoms that only gets into film fests because it has two guys kissing. That Tori Spelling stars is enough of a review by itself.
At first, the supremely silly vibe offers a fair amount of fun. But then Cox switches gears and gets serious, which is a huge mistake.
A breakout movie could be made from Lieberman's premise, but Cox and his TV-caliber cast simply aren't cut out for the challenge.
The premise is stomach-turning cutesy as well as maudlin, the characters are cartoons, and the climax is unbelievable and strained to a fare-thee-well.
A light, formulaic romantic comedy that plays with genre conventions just enough to make its cotton-candy charms feel almost fresh.
Audience Reviews for Kiss the Bride
Easy plot...Boy finds out his high school ex (boyfriend) is getting married to a female friend of theirs so he goes back to his old hometown (still carrying a 10 year old torch) to see what happened. First off, I liked "Latter Days", the director's last feature, despite its cookie cutter characters and plot contrivances, but you're supposed to become a better director with each subsequent release. I don't know how you get horrible supporting performances out of so many TV veterans (Robert Foxworth, Joanna Cassidy, Tori Spelling), but somehow he managed to. The writing was Lifetime Network quality (way back when they were REALLY bad) and the situations were unbelievable AND uncomfortably hard to watch. I kept reaching for a non-existent remote control to fast forward, but ultimately made myself stay to the end, hoping for a decent ending. Ugh...no. To be fair...the 2 leads, especially in the gratuitous nude scenes, were gorgeous. There was also a real sweetness between them during their rekindling friendship as they uncovered how they went separate ways. And the film looked great...good quality and color saturation for an independent film. This is an oft-used line, but it really sums up this movie..."If this is the current state of gay cinema, then we're in real trouble".
altho this is a modern gay romantic comedy, it has more depth than many others of the genre; it has sub-plots that explore some deeper questions about sexual identity; committment; attatchment and letting go. Tori Spelling as the bride was surprisingly good; and the two guys were perfectly cast and well acted as small town, former high school buddies. there is no blatant erotics, so this movie could be enjoyed by all audiences (gay or straight).
I saw a trailer for this movie on youtube, and just had to watch it. Did not disappoint except for maybe the ending, lol.
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