Thursday, May 6, 2010

Top 5 dvds featuring weddings

List by Tosca

"Wedlock or deadlock? That is the question!"
- Author unknown

I'm a commitment-phobe. If I even hear the word marriage I feel ill. And yet, for some reason, I was still surprised to realise that my top 5 list of wedding movies are all comedies. Some of them quite terrible ones, when you think about it. I mean, what's really so funny about a social misfit who constantly spends her lunchtimes dressing up in wedding dresses for an imaginary wedding? (Muriel's wedding). Eek! Love 'em or hate 'em here's my list.

Muriel's wedding / Starring Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths
Muriel looks for Mr. Right in the wrong places and embarks on a madcap journey of self-discovery where success isn't the best revenge, but being yourself is.

Tosca's note: Infamous for the line, 'You're terrible, Muriel.' Also for the gosh awful ABBA music/karaoke scene complete with outfits that you can't help but laugh at.

Sione's wedding / Starring Oscar Kightley, Robbie Magasiva, Madeleine Saime
Meet best friends Michael, Albert, Stanley and Sefa; the ladies' man, the good boy, the weird one and the party boy. They're staring down the barrel of their thirtieth birthdays, but still act as if they're sixteen; they get drunk, they chase the wrong women and they have a remarkable record of misbehaving and causing chaos at every wedding they attend. But now Michael's younger brother Sione is getting married, and everything is about to change. Sione is their boy, the kid they used to look after, who grew up while they were still partying. And to ensure his big day isn't spoiled by his boys and their idiot antics, Sione has issued an ultimatum; the guys all have to bring dates to the wedding. And not just any dates; real girlfriends, someone they've made a commitment to. They have one month. So just how hard can it be to get a date for your best boy's wedding?

Tosca's note: Pure Kiwi comedy!

My big fat Greek wedding / Starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Tosca's note: Painfully funny movie with lots of LOL moments.

Wedding crashers / Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
John and Jeremy are single guys in their mid-30s who mediate divorces in D.C. Their summer social life consists of wedding crashing in order to meet young women for a one-night stand. As John thinks about growing up, Jeremy convinces him to go to one more wedding, this one is for the daughter of the Treasury Secretary. Each catches the eye of a bridesmaid, who happen to be daughters of the host. Jeremy quickly scores with Gloria, who proves to be a psycho clinger. John, on the other hand, wants real romance with Claire, but she has a boyfriend. Now John needs to convince Jeremy to stick around long enough so he can woo Claire. John has one more problem to deal with -- telling Claire the truth about himself before someone else does.
Tosca's note: Who knew there were so many ways to successfully gatecrash weddings?

Second-hand wedding / Starring Geraldine Brophy
Homegrown comedy. Written by Nick Ward and based on a true story, this kiwi film tells of a woman who is engaged but is trying to keep her wedding a secret from her bargain-hunting mother - for fear she will ruin her big day.

Tosca's note: Two words: John. Rowles.

Runners up:

  • A small Samoan wedding - who could go past this stand up comedic offering from The Laughing Samoans duo Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i? Certainly not me.
  • 27 dresses - not what I would call a great movie but I enjoyed the 'Bennie and the Jets' scene alone (and the terrible dresses Jane had to wear as the perpetual bridesmaid - although she does get her comeuppance at her own wedding).
  • Confetti - for the very funny Martin Freeman (he of the UK 'The Office' fame) and Jimmy Carr.

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