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The Wedding Party (1997)

Thank God He Met Lizzie (original title)
The romantic myth is exposed for Guy when he is plagued by memories of an old girlfriend on his wedding day.

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Cherie Nowlan

Writer:

Alexandra Long
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roxburgh ... Guy Jamieson
Cate Blanchett ... Lizzie
Frances O'Connor ... Jenny
Linden Wilkinson ... Poppy
John Gaden John Gaden ... Dr. O'Hara
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ... Mrs. Jamieson
Michael K. Ross Michael K. Ross ... Mr. Jamieson
Melissa Ippolito Melissa Ippolito ... Catriona younger
Elena Pavli ... Catriona older
Craig Rasmus Craig Rasmus ... Dominic
Rhett Walton Rhett Walton ... Tony
Jeanette Cronin ... Yvette
Arthur Angel ... George
Wadih Dona ... Angelo (as Wahid Dona)
Celia Ireland ... Cheryl
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Storyline

Guy marries Lizzie. Dreamy Guy wanders around at his own wedding reception, recalling fond days of the girlfriend that got away; his long-time, de facto relationship with the warm and funny Jenny. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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The love of your life... isn't always the one you marry.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Party See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Feature film directorial debut of Cherie Nowlan. See more »

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[first lines]
Party Goer: What a great party!
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Santa Baby
Written by Tony Springer (as T. Springer), Joan Javits (as J. Javits) and Philip Springer (as P. Springer)
Performed by Eartha Kitt
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A curious movie, worth seeing
20 May 2004 | by -628See all my reviews

Cherie Nowlan's directorial debut resulted in this curious movie, which is well worth seeing. It features two stories. The primary story involves Guy's (Richard Roxburgh) courtship and marriage to Lizzie (Cate Blanchett). The background story, told in flashback, features Guy's earlier passionate but tempestuous relationship with Jenny (Francis O'Connor).

The movie, released in USA as "The Wedding Party", centres not so much on the wedding itself but on Guy's memories of his relationship with Jenny as various people and situations at the wedding party remind him of his adventures and misadventures with Jenny. The curiosity is that, because of the passionate relationship, the background story is actually more interesting than the primary story.

The message, if indeed there was a message and I read it correctly, is that passionate but stormy relationships are exciting in the short term but can lose their impetus over time, whereas more stable relationships are likely to stand the test of time.

Cherie Nowlan has delivered a classy production in her directorial debut. Why hasn't she done more? Richard Roxburgh, who is virtually on screen the entire movie and who therefore carries the plot, is well cast as a quiet, unassuming fellow who can be obstenate and even nasty when aggravated. His essentially nice guy role is a contrast to his villainous roles in movies such as "Doing Time for Patsy Cline" and "Moulin Rouge". Cate Blanchett's character is slightly superficial but her acting ability, which would the next year catapult her to international stardom and an Oscar nomination for "Elizabeth", is readily apparent. Francis O'Connor has the far juicier role of Jenny and handles it well. Jane Turner performs a nice comic turn in a minor role as the wedding party co-ordinator.

There is a lot to like in this movie. Unfortunately its Australian title - "Thank God He Met Lizzie" - suggests a period piece and does not correctly portray the passion in Guy and Jenny's relationship. The USA title - "The Wedding Party" - similarly misses the mark because Guy and Jenny's relationship is the focal point of the movie - or, is, at least, the most interesting focus of the movie. Title aside, it's a movie worth seeing.


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