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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Period drama has simmering conflict, lacks resolution.

Movie PG 2012 95 minutes
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CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING has strong characters with strong opinions who rarely say what they're really thinking. Does Joseph want Dolly back? It's not totally clear. And what does the reluctant bride really want to happen on her wedding day? She's given a few chances to step onto different paths, but she never veers from her assigned course. And a series of flashbacks to happier days don't really explain whether they actually care for each other.

As a result, it's hard to tell what anybody wants, and that's a problem. How can we care about the film's twists and turns when we're not really invested in the characters? Subtlety is a virtue, sure, but not when it gets in the way of clarity or excellence. You have to wonder whether the filmmakers simply have a light touch or just aren't sure of what they want to say. In either case, too much is left unsaid.

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