Saturday, 14 May 2011

5 Favourite Wedding Themed Movies

In anticipation of the release of Bridesmaids, I thought it might be interesting to trawl through the movie history books to come up with my top 5 favourite wedding themed movies.

5. Sixteen Candles

Okay, so this is not technically about a wedding, but actually it is. It’s Samantha’s sixteenth birthday (Molly Ringwald in her prime) the day before her older, more popular, blonder sister marries the local douche bag. Her family forgets her birthday, and she has to make do with pre-wedding horrors such as having her room invaded by the grandparents. This would be okay if the hottest guy at school (Michael Schoeffling) even noticed she was alive. This is a John Hughes teen classic starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall as The Geek.

4. Four Weddings and a Funeral

The movie that introduced the foppishness that is Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral is British comedy at its finest. Charles (the delectable Hugh) is a committed bachelor and may or may not have met the love of his life, the American Carrie (Andie MacDowell)at one of the many weddings he attends. Together with his motley crew of friends, we watch Charles battle with his thoughts on commitment, in possibly one of the best examples of an ensemble cast. Witty, and by turns both moving and sad, Four Weddings and a Funeral had us believing that love was all around.

3. My Best Friend’s Wedding

Poor old Dermot Mulroney. It must be hell to be engaged to Cameron Diaz and have Julia Roberts panting after you (the best friend of the title). This charming comedy has everything – impromptu singalongs, gay best friends (a debonair Rupert Everett), and an ending that is less Hollywood than usual but no less satisfying.

2. The Wedding Singer

Adam Sandler has had a few more misses than hits. Not so in this nostalgic comedy. Sandler plays Robbie and Drew Barrymore is Julia, and both are engaged to the wrong people. Set in the middle of the 1980s, the soundtrack is pure shoulder pads and permed hair. With guest appearances by Billy Idol, this is one wedding movie not to be missed.

As for number 1.

There are some that are notable mentions – 27 Dresses, Betsy’s Wedding and Father of the Bride, but the number 1 choice has to be...

1.My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Why? Simple. It’s about everything that’s about a wedding. It’s about angst, it’s about the details, it’s about heritage, it’s about family politics, it’s about more family politics. For ‘Greek’ insert any other culture, and you’ve got the idea. This sleeper hit was produced by Tom and Rita Hanks and was written by Nia Vardalos who plays the hapless fiancĂ©e. Great writing, universal themes.

What would be your top 5?

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