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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love may not always win out; Joseph and Dolly seem to share a romantic connection, but it's not clear that this bond will be enough to bring them together -- not when she's just hours away from marrying someone else.
Positive Role Models
Dolly comes from a proper English family and is therefore obligated to conform to many social expectations. Joseph seems willing to ignore convention, but his direct speech is clearly an affront to the more refined characters. Few people actually say what they really mean, so it's often difficult to discern what they might be thinking/feeling.
Violence & Scariness
Some intense emotional arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses passionately, and there are a few veiled allusions to a woman's sexual history.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The wealthy characters drink steadily all through the film, including wine, champagne, and scotch. The bride pulls repeatedly from a jug of rum to steel her nerves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is anything but cheerful. A large group of family members and assorted friends gathers for a young woman's marriage in post-WWI England, an event that she seems to be anticipating with dread. Expect plenty of interpersonal conflict as characters act on their various motives (which aren't always pure). There's also lots of drinking (accurate for the era), and some characters get pretty tipsy. There are also some passionate kissing and veiled references to characters' sexual histories, though little is said directly. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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