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Always a Bridesmaid

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romcom about woman pondering marriage; language.

Movie NR 2019 97 minutes
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It's always refreshing to see a media representation of Black women that's free of stereotyping. Always a Bridesmaid takes for granted a universe of successful, attractive, smart, educated citizens, with nary a White person in sight. On the downside, the message that love is a choice is oft repeated but rarely demonstrated, leaving a talented and attractive cast squirming to bring the movie to life. Screenwriter Yvette Nicole Brown (who does a great job in the role of Corina's pastor) keeps telling us things about her characters but shows us little or nothing. Corina has stated she didn't want to get married, yet she seems unhappy to see her friends marry, as if perhaps she's jealous. None of this is really clarified.

We see Corina falling in love with Mark, even declaring it aloud without misgivings. So when she then turns down his marriage proposal, she just seems like an unpredictable psycho that Mark should run from. We're told she has fears, but nothing we've seen in their developing relationship suggests why a woman seemingly in love would say no. Since there's no rhyme or reason to ending the relationship with Mark, there's no big emotional payoff for us when the couple gets married at the end.

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