Not knowing a ton about a movie before seeing it is somewhat rare for me, and it proves to be quite a treat in one way or another most of the time. In theory, The Wedding Plan would be one of those movies, but I'd be hard pressed to refer to this viewing experience as a treat. Treats are supposed to be sweet; not nap-inducing. What could have been a film that says something about the intersection of ethnic tradition, religious beliefs, and relationships falls way short of its potential, and despite its intentions, it feels like watching an endless series of blind dates led by a weak protagonist who just cries and complains about her not having a man. To top it off, it's presented in a way that's so contrived that it goes against the realism that the movie is trying to place itself within. The movie follows 32-year-old Michal (Noa Koler) who is set to get married to her fiancÚ in one month. When he has a change of heart and bails on her, she's heartbroken and empty, and with the need to find another man and the belief that God will give her a husband if she wants one badly enough, she embarks on a quest to find another suitor in 30 days. It's incredibly repetitive and tenuous in its structure, lugging the audience around for the awkward dates that Michal encounters throughout the film--it's almost like it would have worked far better as a web series or a short film. Instead, The Wedding Plan is almost two hours, and writer/director Rama Burshtein doesn't inject variety into her work. What are ostensibly jokes fall flat and the way that Michal copes with her problems are grating because the movie doesn't call her out on her actions. In fact, the movie agrees with her ideologies and by the end of the film, it eventually forms the rhetoric of the film into a sense of regressive propaganda: if you don't want children and if you are devoutly religious, then no one should be with you, and when you're single, you simply won't be happy. The amount screenwriting gymnastics that Burshtein goes through to wrap up the film feels nothing short of artificial, and after the ordeals that Michal has gone through, it also feels obligatory. When it all ends, there's just a sense of, "Seriously? That's it? How did it take so long to say that?" All of that being said, Koler does a good job in the lead role. She's easily the most organic part to this series of moving cogs, and she gets one scene where she proves that what she does in the movie isn't her fault, but instead the movie's fault. Still, the funniest and realest part of my experience seeing The Wedding Plan was the couple, probably in their 60s, down the row from me that fell asleep after about ten minutes and proceeded to snore loudly for a majority of the movie. Now that's reality, folks! 3.5/10, awful, D, far below average, etc.