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The Wedding Pact

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Romcom about true love is crass, immature, and boozy.

Movie NR 2014 92 minutes
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THE WEDDING PACT wants to be a Judd Apatow flick's blend of crassness, immaturity, and heart, but it only scores on the first two counts. Here, we have a series of unlikable male characters who seem barely interested in women as people, until Mitch decides he's totally alone and should have gone after the woman of his dreams 10 years ago. What follows feels like an imitation of better films with better actors with better chemistry, without the likability and energy. What's left is an empty, formulaic film that trades on excessive drinking, with most women as distractions and people making bad choices. Haylie Duff as Elizabeth has a genuine warmth and amiability, but it cannot save the tone-deafness of the rest of this film, which at best offers a good example of how not to be as a person. Parents, if teens think this might be a cute boy-girl film, direct elsewhere.

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