Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wedding Daze (2007) [R] ***


Anderson (Jason Biggs) had been in love with Vanessa (Audra Blaser) for the six months he'd known her, but he had no idea that proposing marriage to her in a crowded restaurant while he's wearing a revealing Cupid costume, would cause her death from heart failure, although his friend Ted (Michael Weston) tried to warn him. A year later Anderson is still grieving, and Ted is still encouraging him to start dating again. So, while they are sitting together in a local diner, Anderson impulsively proposes marriage to their waitress, Katie (Isla Fisher), and just as impulsively she accepts.

The next day Katie moves into Anderson's apartment, and they begin to get to know one another, as well as both sets of parents. Anderson's dad is a sex addict, and his mom is a psychopath. Katie's dad is in prison, her stepdad makes Jewish toys, and her mom seems normal, but who really knows. Also, Katie has a possible fiance, who may be gay, and her closest friends are circus performers who are into swords and knives.

This is a low-budget independent production, filled with surprisingly quirky characters. The film asks the fundamental question: would we be as likely to enjoy marital happiness if we were to marry a total stranger? And given that the current divorce rate is around 50%, perhaps the answer is yes. Despite Jason Biggs' warmhearted cluelessness it's Isla Fisher, with her radiant energy, charm and beauty, who holds the film together, and provides the best reason (some would argue the only reason) to spend ninety minutes with Wedding Daze. And if you enjoy Ms. Fisher, I can highly recommend Definitely, Maybe, and, with some hesitation, Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic

Label: comedy     
Internet Movie Database     
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=42, viewers=60)     
Blu-ray

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