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This wedding comedy is more awkward than enjoyable

This film shows just how delicate a construct a good comedy can be. What must have seemed at some point in production to be charming and hilarious arrives on screen as neither of those things. In a clear attempt to merge Meet the Parents with The Hangover, Samuel drags his rather unappealing and unlikable mates to Australia to attend his wedding to a senator's daughter. Cue plenty of well-telegraphed gags with setups so laborious and obvious that they deliver relief when they are finally over, rather than laughs. It's full of events that are ridiculous rather than actually funny, such as the seemingly unending routine involving a prized sheep and a misplaced bag of hard drugs. It's all oddly low-energy, climaxing in scenes of almost offensively unearned emotion.

Rating: 2/5

ComedyPhelim O'Neill

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