A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although most of the stories are about being open to finding love, there are no overhwelmingly positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Diverse representations in the form of characters who are Black, Latinx, Asian American, and blind. But a reality game show storyline makes unkind jokes about its contestants' diversity, including characters who are Muslim, Orthodox Jewish, a little person, and a tall woman. The camera lingers on a background actor who appears to have Down syndrome.
Violence & Scariness
Punch to the face. Shoving and hair-pulling in a physical fight between two characters. Mob boss threatens to kill people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Film is about several characters finding romance. An exotic dancer wears skimpy clothes. Implication of sex with loud, bouncing mattress. A woman screams that a man is a pervert when he wakes up wearing women's clothes and chained to a goat (he's been pranked). Kissing. Couple wakes up in the morning; implication is that they had sex. A woman strips down to her bra in front of a group of near strangers.
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Strong language includes "bitch," "bulls--t," "crap," "damn," "d--k," "piss," "screw," "s--t," "shut up," and "suck." One character says "feck" and "fecking" quite a bit, so it's not "f--k," but it's clearly supposed to be. Lots of of mean and insulting language from a game show host, including calling people "twits," "losers," "stupid," and continually making fun of a little person.
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Products & Purchases
Some clear product placement with brand names highlighted for no other reason at a wedding: Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Maggie Sottero bridal wear, and James Allen jewelry.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine and beer throughout, including while socializing, celebrating, at lunch, at a meeting, and while hosting a game show.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love, Weddings & Other Disasters is an intergenerational ensemble romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, and Maggie Grace. It highlights the irony of people who work tirelessly to put on the perfect romantic wedding but whose own love lives leave much to be desired. One of the main storylines follows a gambler and an exotic dancer who are forced together on a reality dating game show, where they're trying to win money to escape death and implied sex trafficking. (Ha ha?) The same show also features a Chuck Barris-type host who insults his contestants, particularly a little person who's the target of many cruel comments. Innuendo is notable in this plot thread, but the other storylines are fairly tame. Still, you can expect to hear strong language like "s--t" and "bitch," as well as "feck" (rather than "f--k"). Violence is minimal (punch to the face, physical fight, threats), but there's kissing and the implication of sex, as well as some skimpy clothing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Known for directing Adam Sandler movies, Dennis Dugan's feature writing debut delivers on its title: As a piece of filmmaking, it's a disaster. At the same time, it's a spectacle to behold for those, like Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans, who like to trash talk their way through a movie. Film students should view Love, Weddings, & Other Disasters as a cautionary tale: Dugan includes four storylines that have four entirely different tones. The first is a sugary Hallmark-style premise: Sweet, adorable wedding planner meets cute with a rocker. The writing is underwhelming, and the two lack chemistry, but it's nice enough. Storyline 2 is more intriguing, despite having roots in what feels like a bad joke: An uptight caterer is set up on a blind date where his date is actually blind. Surprisingly, this thread feels like it could go the distance against any Reese Witherspoon or Kate Hudson staple. Storyline 3 would have been a perfect fit for The Love Boat, back in the day: After a brief interaction, a Boston tour guide (Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor) falls for a woman with a glass slipper tattoo and searches the city to find his Cinderella. It's unoriginal, but YouTube star King Bach delivers the full Prince Charming. And then there's Storyline 4, a sloppy sketch comedy concept that doesn't even try to make sense: A gambler tries to pay off a significant debt by going on a dating reality show and is literally chained to his "match," an exotic dancer who is "in bed" (literally at times) with the Russian mob. This one is terribly written, acted, and executed.
This movie also offers a clear example of how great/charismatic actors can elevate a bad script into something watchable. Oscar winners Keaton and Irons are magical together. Despite their characters being put in asinine situations and 85 percent of the laughs being based on Keaton's blind character walking into things, the two pros totally sell it, leaving you wondering why the producers didn't step in and cut out all of the other stories. And King Bach oozes personality despite having to deliver awkward lines about Larry King's erection (seriously). But the stripper dating game brings down the entire production. Dugan himself plays the show's obnoxious and degrading host, who spews the lamest, most offensive jokes, including relentlessly ripping a little person for his stature. You also can't help but notice the movie's dated references (see Larry King reference) and verbage, like "amazeballs." That's because Dugan wrote the script in 2004, when this kind of comedy might have worked, and it appears he didn't bother to update it. While the actors bring the flowers and enhance the aroma, Dugan's lack of effort makes this a stinker.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.