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Helena from the Wedding (2010)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 March 2010 (USA)
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Newlyweds Alex and Alice host a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. However, when an unexpected guest shows up, the group's facades begin to crumble.

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Although they have long been a couple, Alex, a lawyer turned failed/struggling playwright, and Alice, an insecure woman, have recently gotten married. They have invited several of their couple friends to Alex's parents' cabin in the woods upstate for New Year's Eve. They include: married Don and Lynn, he a poor writer but who would rather come up with crazy and thus ultimately doomed business ideas, and she a lawyer who wears the pants in the family and who seems oblivious to her drinking problem; lawyer Steven and pregnant Eve, who have previously admitted to attending marriage counseling sessions to deal with their issues; and businessman Nick, who is separated from his wife Melissa and was supposed to bring his much younger model girlfriend, Lola, for who he left Melissa and who ends up not coming since the two of them have now broken up. Alex and Alice's guests bring their open and not so open marital/relationship dysfunctions along for the gathering, those dysfunctions which are ... Written by Huggo

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Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot
30 December 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Approaching his "mid-life crisis" early, 39-year-old writer Lee Tergesen (as Alex) arranges a New Year's Eve party at his parents' seemingly secluded cabin. Younger by a few years, new wife Melanie Lynskey (as Alice) wonders if she's still attractive. They play host and hostess for two couples and two stragglers. The party of eight has varying degrees of closeness, with the main commonality being the men are old school chums. The protagonist is Mr. Tergesen. Important to Tergesen are the two "single" guests - uncommitted Paul Fitzgerald (as Nick) and blond model Gillian Jacobs (as Helena). The titular Ms. Jacobs was a bridesmaid at Ms. Dominczyk's wedding and Tergesen finds her very attractive...

The first guest "couple" is muscular Dominic Fumusa (as Don) and perpetually tipsy Jessica Hecht (as Lynn); they have a troubled marriage, with sex. The second guest "couple" is head-shaved Corey Stoll (as Steven) and pregnant Dagmara Dominczyk (as Eve); they have a troubled marriage, without sex. Yes, she is carrying his child, but it is from a rare encounter (note the mystery of condoms in his briefcase is revealed in a later scene). We follow the various groupings as they drink, smoke and snort coke. A big crisis occurs when the backgammon board is knocked over...

A piece is missing!

***** Helena from the Wedding (3/14/10) Joseph Infantolino ~ Lee Tergesen, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Fitzgerald, Gillian Jacobs


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