Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Quickie: Our Family Wedding

Release: 03.12.10
DVD Release: 07.13.10
Rated PG-13
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Lucia (America Ferrera, Lords of Dogtown) and her fiancé Marcus (Lance Gross, Meet the Browns) are headed home from college; it will be the first time either has met the other's family. It won't be the first time their parents have met. Lance's dad, Brad Boyd (Forest Whitaker, Vantage Point), is a radio DJ who recently had an unforgettable run-in with tow truck driver, Miguel Ramirez (Carlos Mensa, TV: The Mind of Mencia). Miguel, of course, is Lucia's papa. When the two fathers learn they are to be in-laws, the wedding plans become a pissing contest that dampens the couple's affections.

Ugh, just trying to recollect this movie is painful, but let's start with the good. America Ferrera is lovely and talented as always. As Brad's best friend Angela, Regina King (Ray) doesn't have much to do, but she is looking fit. She'll be giving Angela Bassett a run for her money in the toned arms department. Let's see...oh, yeah, there's a goat (GAG Represent!). That's about it.

Carlos Mencia has never been funny. Wedding proves he'll never be an actor, either. The initial conflict between fathers is trivial and whenever they make peace, another nonsensical fuss manifests. The reception just won't end! That's not a spoiler, by the way; the movie has wedding in the title. The run-time must have been too short, so director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar) just used all the footage he had left.

Our Family Wedding is tedious and trite. It'd require a lot of patience to sit through this for the few laughs and touching sentiments the film produces. America Ferrera and many (not all) of the others deserve so much better than this.


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