Kiss the Bride (2008)




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Director C. Jay Cox explores the complex social and sexual landscapes of contemporary America with this heartfelt romantic comedy about a gay male who just discovered that the love of his life is about to tie the knot -- with a woman! Back in high school, Matt (Philipp Karner) and Ryan (James O'Shea ) were more than just best friends. But ten years after graduation, this once-inseparable pair has lost contact. One day, seemingly out of the blue, Matt receives an invitation to Ryan's wedding. Of course, there has been plenty of time for Ryan to develop new relationships in the ten long years since he and Matt last spoke, but the last thing Matt would ever expect is for his former high-school love to fall for a member of the "fairer sex." Convinced that Ryan is about to be taken advantage of by a scheming she-devil, Matt races back to the small hometown he once left behind and prepares to save his true love from a life of marital despair. Upon meeting perky bride-to-be Alex (Tori Spelling), however, Matt slowly begins to understand what it is that Ryan sees in her. Still, Matt can't mess up the opportunity to let the love of his life slip through his fingers, and ultimately decides to come clean about his true feelings for Ryan. Trouble is, Ryan views his romance with Matt as nothing more than a high school fling. As the wedding day draws near and long-buried emotions begin to bubble to the surface, Matt realizes that his feelings for Ryan are stronger than ever before, and his attempts to reconcile the past with the present will ultimately pave the road into an uncertain future.
R (for sexual content and language)
Comedy , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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Tess Harper
as Barbara
Jane Cho
as Stephanie
Dean McDermott
as Plumber
Brooke Dillman
as Virginia
Connie Sawyer
as Aunt Minnie
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Critic Reviews for Kiss the Bride

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 17, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2009
Film Journal International

A light, formulaic romantic comedy that plays with genre conventions just enough to make its cotton-candy charms feel almost fresh.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008

Fans of the genre, Ms. Spelling (who are likely the same people) and perhaps TV's Will & Grace (who are likely the same people) will be inclined to walk this bride down the aisle.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

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. 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".

Barbara H.
Barbara H.

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).

George DeForest
George DeForest

I saw a trailer for this movie on youtube, and just had to watch it. Did not disappoint except for maybe the ending, lol.

Brett Scharf
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