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Ceremony (2010)

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Two friends are off on a weekend outing. Marshall thinks the trip is to re-establish their friendship, but Sam has ulterior motives in mind as he crashes the wedding of a woman he still loves.

Director:

Max Winkler

Writer:

Max Winkler

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angarano ... Sam Davis
Uma Thurman ... Zoe
Reece Thompson ... Marshall Schmidt
Lee Pace ... Whit Coutell
Jake Johnson ... Teddy
Brooke Bloom ... Margaret Cornish
Harper Dill Harper Dill ... Carol Archer
Rebecca Mader ... Esme Ball
Nathalie Love ... Blonde Maid
Charlie Moss Charlie Moss ... Nico Spicer
Lisby Larson Lisby Larson ... Nina Pileggi
Paul Amodeo Paul Amodeo ... Bruce Singer
Philip Carlson Philip Carlson ... Butler
Catherine Russell Catherine Russell ... Party Guest #4
Jack Koenig ... Party Guest #5
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Storyline

Sam has roped his friend Marshall into going on a weekend outing. Marshall thinks the trip is about re-establishing their friendship, while Sam has ulterior motives - namely, trying to win back Zoe, a woman he loves. Sam talks his way into getting them invited to a party at a beach house where Zoe is getting married to Whit. While Marshall goes through all the emotions of deceit, like anger, depression and acceptance, Sam is trying all of the angles in trying to win Zoe back. Written by napierslogs

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He's the love of her life. She just doesn't know it yet.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, sexual references and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2011 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Bröllopet See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,920, 8 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,666, 15 May 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Steven Spielberg decided to offer Lee Pace the part of Fernando Wood in 'Lincoln', after seeing his performance in this film. See more »

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Sam Davis: [reading for children's book] He would not take no for an answer. Our young hero traveled a great many leagues beneath the ocean's surface to find his shackled mermaid. And he had no intention of leaving without her. However, the evil Sea King had other plans. Like a mad man driven by love and revenge, he unsheathed his spear gun and fired!
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References The Kid (1921) See more »

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Lady and the tramp
13 July 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Watchable romantic comedy stars the diminutive Angarano as Sam, the man with the plan to whisk his true love (Thurman) away from her fiancé (Pace), moments away from the altar. Unfortunately for Sam, Thurman's character has outgrown their once-brief tryst and sees stability and maturity in her imminent marriage, even if Pace is somewhat egotistical and high on self importance.

Not a lot happening here, with minor chuckles and melancholy moments the general tone, Thurman's towering height and obvious age, both dwarfing Angarano, who's seemingly behind the eight ball all the way. Thompson as his best friend begins to suspect a ruse when they're "inadvertantly" invited to the wedding, and the once strong friendship that has cooled over the years, serves as the film's dramatic baseline, not quite a bro-mance, but equally, something short of true romance. He also has a funny scene in which he naively pops a party pill with some amusing consequences.

Director Winkler never really seems to find the right tenor, lost amid light humour (predominantly from Johnson as Thurman's drug-addled brother) and pathos with little content to develop and only the natural appeal of Angarano and Thurman off which to pivot. Mature, low-key and likable but there's not a lot achieved (in my opinion the R-rating also seems excessive).


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