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Love, Weddings & Other Disasters
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Speaking Of Disasters. . ."
1 stars

While I suspect that the inspiration for “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters” was the modern-day perennial “Love Actually,” a film that taught countless numbers of viewers that benign stalking of your friend’s wife is all well and good while giving them wildly unreasonable expectations regarding certain attributes of the state of Wisconsin, it actually comes across like a season’s worth of rejected episode ideas for the old “Love, American Style” show that somehow wound up on a production schedule instead of the incinerator where they were presumably headed.

Revolving loosely around the impending nuptials of the presumed future mayor of Boston, one storyline revolves around Maggie Grace as a novice wedding planner charged with pulling the whole thing together at the last minute while overcoming the bad publicity from a viral video that has made her world-infamous as “The Wedding Trasher.” Then there is Jeremy Irons as a rigid celebrity caterer who is set up on a blind date with photographer Diane Keaton but—get this—she really is blind and not very good at it, to judge from all the times that she stumbles or knocks over things. Andrew Bachelor is a tour guide in search of the dream girl who took his tour before disappearing—her chief identifying mark is a tattoo of a glass slipper on her neck. Diego Boneta is the co-leader of a band hired to play the wedding who finds himself forced out when his bandmate (Jesse McCartney) allows his girlfriend to take over (and yes, she is Asian). Finally, the mayor’s brother (Andy Goldenberg) finds himself on a weirdo gameshow where he is chained to a beautiful Russian lawyer (Melinda Hill) in order to win a million bucks but—get ready—it turns out she is really a stripper with an angry pimp who wants the prize money for himself.

Now I am fully aware that for most of you, nothing about the above description may make “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters” seem especially appealing. That as may be, I am struggling to figure out a way of truly convincing you of just how dreadful it it really is. Nevertheless, I shall try. For starters, the film was written and directed by Dennis Dugan, the auteur of some of the worst comedies of recent decades, including “Problem Child,” “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Big Daddy,” “Saving Silverman,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” the “Grown Ups” saga and “Jack and Jill.” That said, with the possible exception of “Problem Child” (which remains one of the only films I ever walked out of in my entire moviegoing life), I think I would happily sit through any of those turkeys again than contemplate watching any random ten minutes of this one for a second time. Likewise, Diane Keaton has made any number of stinkers in recent years as well—I’ll spare you a rehash of those except to note that “The Big Wedding” might not be the worst of them—but again, at no point does she embarrass herself to the degree that she does here, whether it is her humiliating pratfalls or her equally debasing explanation of her photographic process. Finally, the film, in addition to its desire to be the next “Love Actually,” is also a pretty obvious clone of those all-star holiday-themed movies that Garry Marshall ended his career doing, which began with “Valentine’s Day” (a film that I persist in liking, much to the disbelief of many colleagues, loved ones and clergy members) and went downhill rapidly with “New Year’s Eve” and “Mother’s Day.” Once again, I promise you that in comparison to this one, those films are the equivalent to Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy.

If none of these comparisons have convinced you that “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters” is a bit flawed, then there is a possibility that you may enjoy it after all. If that is the case, I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.

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originally posted: 12/04/20 05:10:10
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12/05/20 Maria Brodley Love love love it! 5 stars
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  04-Dec-2020 (PG-13)
  DVD: 02-Feb-2021


  DVD: 02-Feb-2021

Directed by
  Dennis Dugan

Written by
  Dennis Dugan

  Maggie Grace
  Diane Keaton
  Jeremy Irons
  Andrew Bachelor
  Diego Boneta
  Jesse McCartney

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