New Italian Cinema Film Festival 2010: Weddings and Other Disasters – Review

My enthusiasm for this film after reading the synopsis on IMDB and the brief plot outline in the SFFS pamphlet was not that high, but, I like to think of myself as an open-minded individual who can be – and has been – pleasantly surprised by films that have superceded their low expectations.  So, ticket in hand I took my second-row, center seat of the sold-out screening and was fully prepared to have all low expectations swayed into some sort of high entertainment experience.

It was painfully obvious, long before the final scene in Nina Di Majo‘s third feature-length film, Weddings and Other Disasters (Matrimoni e altri disastri) that I should have trusted my initial instincts to just stay home and nurse my sore throat, runny nose, and cloudy head.  Instead, I endured yet another clichéd Julia Roberts rom-com, this time, minus the Julia Roberts, thank God for that at least.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN A HAPPY-ENDING ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH SHALLOW ATTEMPTS AT DRAMA BEFORE

When Beatrice (Francesca Inaudi) has to go on a business trip just before her wedding, her sister, Nana (Margherita Buy) gets thrust into the role of wedding planner with her soon-to-be brother-in-law, Alessandro (Fabio Volo).  One-night stands begin, family secrets revealed, insert the generic elderly dim-witted priest, the couch-potato room-mate and the playful sexual-tension between sister and brother-in-law and badda-bing badda-boom… you have yourself a paint-by-numbers romantic comedy.

Congratulations on bringing absolutely nothing new a genre in dire need of being revitalized.  Even the film’s title is misleading, Weddings and Other Disasters.  First of all, there was only one wedding, whats up with the word being plural?  Secondly, if the word disasters is referring to (AGAIN, SPOILER ALERT) realising that your father is your uncle when you’re 30, or having a one-night stand with your sisters fiancée a day before the wedding than I need to seriously re-think what the word disaster means to me.  I was under the impression that it meant a catastrophe of epic proportions, ie., earthquake, mass-murder, going bankrupt, you know, those sort of little things in life.

I guess if you enjoy sub-par romantic comedies, particularly ones from Italy, than you should goo see this, but personally I’d rather go see a new re-cycled an uninspired Woody Allen film, or re-watch the excellent When Harry Met Sally but that’s just my two cents on this one star film?

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