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Reviews: Film and Book reviews

Sun 18 Apr, 2010
By Robert Ingham


bonds become even more tense when one of Alex’s old flames incorrectly interprets a conversation with Jonathan and spreads the rumour at the wedding that she is a lesbian dating a woman called Dana.

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Out At The Wedding - Film Review

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Out At The Wedding is a sweet, perky and hugely enjoyable romantic comedy about miscommunication, misunderstanding, and misdirection. It focuses on Alex, a highly successful wine importer in Manhattan who has just become engaged to her boyfriend of 3 months, Dana. Unfortunately she hasn’t told her Southern Carolina family about her inter-racial relationship, fearing their right-wing attitudes. She has, however, told Dana her family are all dead!

Not very helpful when she’s going to her younger sister Jeannie’s wedding the next day. Dana is a pilot flying out on the same day so Alex’s escort comes in the form of energetic and sparky gay best friend-since-school, Jonathan, who also happens to be on a mission to make his boyfriend lose weight without him suspecting a thing.

The relationship between father, daughter and sister is
strained, partly due to Jeannie always stealing Alex’s boyfriends, and these bonds become even more tense when one of Alex’s old flames incorrectly interprets a conversation with Jonathan and spreads the rumour at the wedding that she is a lesbian dating a woman called Dana. This interestingly brings the two warring sisters closer (as well as two other members of the wedding party), with Alex stuck in her lie and Jeannie wanting to come to New York to meet the “girlfriend”.

To keep the charade alive, Jonathan convinces Alex to “hire” a lesbian to play the part of Dana. Enter Risa, a motivated and sporty woman who literally falls from the sky and agrees to the bizarre request. The stage is now set to welcome Jeannie to New York – which is where the action really steps up, and where the synopsis must end, even if this is only halfway through the film.

This comedy sparkles with fun, wit and strong performances all round, but special mention goes to Desi Lydic who plays Jeannie. She dazzles in each scene as she experiences Alex’s new life and the bond between sisters is strengthened by such a convincing turn. Of course, the film is not without its faults – the start feels a little borrowed from My Best Friend’s Wedding and the writing is a little clunky in places. There are also a few clichés like the clothes Alex wears when she turns up to the lesbian bar. But these clichés are all dealt with swiftly, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the movie.

This is not a perfect film, but an excellent antidote after a heavy weekend as it’s never too over the top or condescending. And everyone loves a good wedding, don’t they? Here you can enjoy two without even having to get dressed!

Out At The Wedding is out now and from TLA Releasing

 

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