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Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 4 December 2020 (USA)
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It is a multi-story romantic comedy about the people who work on weddings to create the perfect day for a loving couple - while their own relationships are outlandish, odd, crazy and far from perfect.

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Dennis Dugan

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Eileen Conn (story), Dennis Dugan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Maggie Grace
Diane Keaton
Jeremy Irons
Andrew Bachelor
Diego Boneta
Jesse McCartney ... Lenny
Todd Stashwick
Dennis Dugan ... Eddie Stone
Richard Kline ... Steve
Chandra West ... Gail Lovejoy
Veronica Ferres ... Bev
Caroline Portu ... Liz Rafferty
Elle King ... Street Singer
Janelle Feigley ... Dancer - Wedding Guest
Melinda Hill ... Svetlana / Olga
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It is a multi-story romantic comedy about the people who work on weddings to create the perfect day for a loving couple - while their own relationships are outlandish, odd, crazy and far from perfect.

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material and some strong language | See all certifications »
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First screen appearance for Dennis Dugan since 2013. See more »

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love it or hate it
4 December 2020 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Very much in the same mold as the late Garry Marshall's VALENTINE'S DAY (2010), NEW YEAR'S EVE (2011), and MOTHER'S DAY (2016), this one also utilizes the multi-story approach with all characters ultimately crossing paths as a payoff. If you are familiar with those movies, then you know what to expect here. However, if you are not familiar, there is no good way to prepare you, other than you'll either love it or hate it.

Writer-director Dennis Dugan has been a frequent Adam Sandler collaborator, with movies landing in the "good" (HAPPY GILMORE, 1996), the "bad" (GROWN UPS 2, 2013), and the "ugly" (JACK & JILL, 2011). Mr. Dugan's co-writers here are married couple Eileen Conn and Larry Miller. The cast includes Oscar winners Diane Keaton (ANNIE HALL, 1977) and Jeremy Irons (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, 1991), and many faces you'll recognize from other films.

The opening sequence will be enough to let you know where you fall on the 'love it or hate it' scale. Jessie (Maggie Grace, TAKEN) is skydiving with her local news anchor fiancé, and their mid-dive argument leads to a break-up and a crash landing into a lakeside wedding. The video (there's always a video these days) goes viral, and Jessie becomes a social media celebrity burdened with the moniker, "Wedding Trasher" ... not the best marketing for a wannabe wedding planner.

Jessie goes up against legendary wedding planner Lawrence (Mr. Irons) for the soon-to-be Mayor's wedding, which loosely ties into the Mayor's brother's participation in a TV Game Show called "Crash Couples", where mismatched folks are chained together in hopes of taking home the one million dollar prize. The show is hosted by the film's director, Dennis Dugan. Lawrence is an egomaniacal high-falutin wedding planner and all-around rude dude who gets set up on a blind date with Sara (Diane Keaton), who is, yes, actually blind. Her entrance is just one of the painfully overdone physical pratfalls dropped in throughout the film, presumably to appeal to a wider comedy audience.

Andrew Bachelor plays the charismatic laugh-a-minute guide on a Duck tour who goes searching for his "Cinderella" ... love at first sight for him. Next up we have Diego Bonita as a sensitive guitar player in the band Jessie wants to hire for the Mayor's wedding. And I've yet to mention the involvement of the mafia thanks to the Mayor's brother's partner in the "Crash Couples" game. The multitude of characters and story lines all intersect at the wedding Jessie has planned - an event with hurdles just high enough for her to conquer. Some of the characters tie in more easily than others, but it's best to just go with the flow here, no matter how cringe-inducing it might be at times.

On the bright side that surely most of us can agree on, Elle King (Rob Schneider's daughter) is superb as the singer in the park who reappears throughout. Her songs fit the story, and her voice and sound are top notch and quite welcome. Romantic comedies sometimes get a bum rap, and few slide as cleanly into the "love it or hate it" mode as this one.


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