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Movie Review: The Wedding Weekend

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The Wedding Weekend was released on DVD on May 5th, and is a fairly pleasant comedy that has won eight festival awards. The movie stars Molly Shannon, David Harbour, Elizabeth Reaser, and Rosemarie Deewitt. They play college friends still struggling with the transition into adulthood 15 years after graduating.

This group of college friends reunite to bring back together their college singing group to perform at a friend’s wedding. They take a break from lives they feel are less than perfect to spend a long weekend at the Hamptons beach house of a friend, along with their spouses, children, friends, and one Swedish nanny.

In between some much needed rehearsals, they unwind and re-experience their college days with a few alcohol induced hi-jinks that end up with some of them sitting in a Hamptons jail cell. Their weekend is filled with somewhat comical ups and downs, which give these lifelong friends a new perspective on how their lives have progressed — and in some cases, regressed — since they graduated.

This movie falls short of being an outright comedy, with most of the jokes being tired and falling flat the majority of the time. The cast just didn’t seem to click, and what hi-jinks there were came across as tired and overdone. The one bright spot was the musical group – an a capella group instead of the traditional rock band. Viewers were treated to some excellent music from the group. Molly Shannon does what Shannon does best – being the “naughty” one who will do and say anything.

This movie is the same story we’ve seen done over and over again, but without anything to make it stand out in the crowd. The movie has been compared to The Big Chill, and while the plot was basically the same, there really is no comparison. The story and characters were cliché and non-remarkable. While this movie is watchable, it’s not likely to end up on anyone’s top ten and won’t be remembered long after viewing it.

The movie runs around 95 minutes and is rated R.

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