Steve Thompson, a lovable anti-hero, is the youngest son in the gloriously flawed Thompson family. In a bid to save himself from financial ruin, Steve does the unthinkable and agrees to marry Ana, a Russian woman seeking residency in exchange for a huge sum of cash. Behind closed doors the deal is done, a secret wedding is arranged & in no time life will be back to normal, or so Steve thinks... Until a nosy family friend gets wind of the wedding plans and before sundown the w... (Full plot summary below)
Steve Thompson, a lovable anti-hero, is the youngest son in the gloriously flawed Thompson family. In a bid to save himself from financial ruin, Steve does the unthinkable and agrees to marry Ana, a Russian woman seeking residency in exchange for a huge sum of cash. Behind closed doors the deal is done, a secret wedding is arranged & in no time life will be back to normal, or so Steve thinks... Until a nosy family friend gets wind of the wedding plans and before sundown the whole Thompson family is gripped by wedding fever. Although Steve's family could use some constructive therapy for their own relationships, they rally together to support Steve in preparation for the world's most farcical wedding. What was once a private registry affair is now a fully-fledged spectacle as Steve's lie takes on a life of it's own, and he is more and more consumed by the fear that he has ruined his chance to be with his true love, Jacqui, forever.
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At the Movies (Australia) - 6/10 by Margaret PomeranzThe improbabilities and sheer banality of Christine Bartlett's screenplay are almost overcome by the quality of the cast, but not quite.
At the Movies (Australia) - 6/10 by David StrattonI don't think it's a film that aims very high and it sort of achieves what it aims to do, I think. I found it perfectly amiable.
sbs.com.au - 5/10 by Craig MathiesonThe Wedding Party may well have been a better film if the underdone premise of the fake wedding had been done away with altogether, because the movie is more interesting when it picks at the foibles and fears that gather around these couples.
3AW - 4/10 by Jim SchembriClumsily cobbled, tonally confused romantic comedy...a terrific premise with strong leads is sadly derailed by too many side stories.
New York Post - 3/10 by Lou LumenickExcept for Brolin as an unlikely born-again Jew, nobody fares well under Mulroney's ham-fisted direction.
Variety - 3/10 by John AndersonPerformances range from wooden to hysterical, and it's largely due to Mulroney's inexperience behind the camera.
Entertainment Weekly - 3/10 by Adam MarkovitzThough it doesn't work as entertainment, this numbingly chipper rom-com (directed by Dermot Mulroney) might be of historical value someday as an A-to-Z guide to the genre's most overworked clichés.
The A.V. Club - 3/10 by Alison WillmoreThe "romantic" half of Love, Wedding, Marriage's romantic comedy doesn't work, but that isn't nearly as problematic as the film's profound unfunniness.
The Hollywood Reporter - 2/10 by Todd McCarthySupplied with uniformly vapid dialogue, the characters come off like a bunch of twits.
New York Daily News - 2/10 by Elizabeth WeitzmanWhat's most baffling is that such a canny actor is so unable to direct his own cast.
Village Voice - 2/10 by Nick SchagerAs if written by a robot whose frame of reference wasn't human reality but merely fairy-tale romantic comedies, Love, Wedding, Marriage strips genre tropes down to their scrawny, brittle bones.
Time Out New York - 2/10 by Eric HynesOnly old pros James Brolin and Jane Seymour, as Eva's colorfully squabbling parents, occasionally rouse the film beyond its fate as fodder for a Snuggie-wrapped slumber.