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Wedding Games

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Awful wedding comedy; drugs, heavy drinking, language.

Movie NR 2023 79 minutes
Wedding Games movie poster: Black man and woman embracing on a beach

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Wedding Games is one of those innocuous, forgettable movies that offers not a single fresh or creative moment. It's based on a one-idea script -- heading to a destination wedding, everyone encounters problems -- and even that can't sustain any character development. Most of this feels like useless filler, making 79 minutes feel ten times as long.

One can see every problem coming, if one wanted to spend the energy giving this froth a moment of thought. Bridesmaids, Palm Springs, The Best Man, and hundreds of other movies have done everything here far better. Every possible tired joke -- about in-laws, wedding dresses, seating plans, decorations, wine selection, catering, desserts, music -- is trotted out, and to the degree that any substantial issue is even explored, it is generally left unresolved. Characters are introduced, as are their problems, and then dropped, undeveloped. The bride's father pines for his divorced wife, the bride's mother, but they never even meet, so why is that fact introduced? Mothers-in-law get drunk together in a scene we've all seen before. Much of the dialogue is, at best, idiotic. Here's one of the film's final pearls: "We can't be ashamed of being happy." Deep, huh? One can feel one's intelligence being sucked away as the words pour forth. This movie is a great argument against destination weddings and the movies about them.

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