It was nearly two years ago that I was at the local cineplex to see The Libertine, when I was approached by a young lady asking if I was interested in attending a test audience screening of a film being held at the nearby community college. Being the movie fan that I am, and not having had this particular opportunity before, I immediately said I would attend. She gave me a flyer with the location, date, and time, thanked me and moved on to some other people standing around.
A few days later I was sitting in an auditorium watching a film called The Pleasure of Your Company. It was the very first cut of the film, had temp music, unfinished effects, and the end credits was just a scroll of the words "End Credits." It was an enjoyable experience with a film I felt was entertaining if insubstantial. We had a brief discussion with a couple of the producers in attendance and went on our way.
What does this have to do with Wedding Daze? Well, The Pleasure of Your Company was the original title of the film, which has also been called The Next Girl I See (which is actually the best of the three titles). Nearly two years since that first cut, the film makes its DVD debut (released this past January), completely bypassing American theatrical release. I am guessing the tests did not go that well and they felt it would perform stronger going straight to DVD. Still, it has been put up on the big screen in other nations around the world, beginning with the UK in June of 2007 and most recently in Turkey this past January, plus it will have a German release this May. To date, it has taken in north of $7.5 million worldwide. Small potatoes to be sure, but nothing to sneeze at for a little film like this.