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Our Family Wedding (2010)

(PG-13) 90 mins

Synopsis: The weeks leading up to a young couple’s wedding is comic and stressful, especially as their respective fathers try to lay to rest their feud.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Writers: Wayne Conley (screenplay & story), Malcolm Spellman (screenplay), Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay)

Stars: America FerreraForest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother) Much like the accusations flying around about Mencia’s stand-up comedy (I have no personal knowledge about their truth, but some comedians, like Joe Rogan, call him Carlos Men-Steal-Ya), this movie simply takes an old concept and “Mexicanizes” it a little.  The movie gets by on the strength of the acting (for example, Mencia plays his macho-but-goofy character well, for what the role is), and it is full of cameos by other successful actors.  However, the story is predictable, the jokes seem lazy, and some scenes, like those involving a softball game and a wedding, are just so farcical that they detract from the movie.  All-in-all, this movie made me feel like the producers decided to make a quick buck, picked the good ole’ cross-cultural marriage schtick, and convinced a bunch of famous friends who had nothing better to do at the moment to help out; like a 7-11 hotdog: cheap meat on stale bread, but slap a recognizable name on it, and some hungry schmos will eat it.  This is an in-flight movie, at best, but certainly not one you should pay for (including headphones).

About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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