Director: Michael Ian Black
Cast: Jason Biggs, Isla Fisher, Joe Pantoliano,
Edward Herrmann, Joanna Gleason, Rob Corddry
RunTime: 1 hr 33 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual References)
Official Website: http://www.weddingdazethemovie.co.uk/
Opening Day: 17 July 2008
After losing the woman of his dreams, Anderson is convinced
he'll never fall in love again. But at the urging of his best
friend, he spontaneously proposes to a dissatisfied waitress
named Katie and an innocent dare evolves into the kind of
love that both have been looking for all along.
For a romantic comedy to be effective, it must at least be
able to convince the
audience that the onscreen couple is worth rooting for. "Wedding
Daze" fails miserably in this aspect and a few others that one wonders
whether the film's
writer/director Michael Ian Black is in a daze himself.
film opens by giving us a glimpse into Anderson's (Jason Biggs)
past when he
proposed to his girlfriend Vanessa (Audra Blaser) in a very
unusual manner and ended up indirectly causing her death. With Anderson still unable
to get over the tragedy
a year later, his best friend Ted (Michael Weston) encourages
him to start dating
other women. During their conversation in a restaurant, Anderson
to a waitress named Katie (Isla Fisher), after which she unexpectedly
marry him. Hence begins the awkward moment where the couple
has to achieve in a few
days what normal couples do in years - know each other.
I have mentioned at the beginning, the main problem with "Wedding
Daze" is its
inability for the lead couple to gain the viewers' support.
This is largely due to
the lack of character development for both Anderson and Katie.
While they have flaws
like all people, they are not given any redeeming qualities
the film, we are shown that Anderson is an out-and-out loser
whereas Katie is so
full of insecurities. What are their strengths that we can
admire upon? Why should
they deserve each other? The film does not attempt to answer
these questions at all.
Daze" starts out well by setting up the back stories
of Anderson and Katie
but goes downhill from the moment the couple begins their
process. Everything seems so rushed for them to get to the
final phase that it feels
like cooking instant noodles - you get a quick meal but you
won't be full. This is
most evident in a key scene where the couple confesses their
love for each other
after an argument without any rhyme or reason. Add to that
a bunch of far-fetched
supporting characters (Anderson and Katie's parents being
the most notable) and we
have a mess of a movie.
be told, the film's failure is solely because of bad writing.
The actors have
done the best they can to bring their characters to life.
The funniest character in
my opinion is Katie's convicted father, Smitty (Joe Pantoliano,
best known as Cypher
the traitor from "The Matrix") who can be a sweet
person (only to Katie) as much as
he is downright vicious. Pantoliano is spot-on with his portrayal;
therefore he is
rightfully the one who gives the best performance in the entire
'American Pie' Biggs on the other hand still can't shake off
his loser tag. While he
can be likable in this film, he seems a carbon copy of his
previous characters. Isla
Fisher (the eccentric cutie from "Wedding Crashers"
and also Ryan Reynolds' possible
ex-wife in "Definitely, Maybe") plays it straight
as the doubtful Katie but one may
wonder if she can be equally charming without resorting to
appearing in her undies.
what is a romantic comedy without the comedic elements? With
Jason Biggs in the
picture, it is obligatory that he has to make a fool of himself
several times to
provoke laughter. Isla Fisher gets to follow suit in a nose-embarrassing
rest of the jokes though are mostly lacklustre and ineffective.
Some of them (as in
the gay and pervert jokes) are supposed to be revelations
for a few supporting
characters but they turn out to be too nonsensical that believability
out the window.
one must not view "Wedding Daze" as a complete disaster.
On a positive note, it can be a good reference material in
case a "How Not to Make a Romantic Comedy Flop"
guide needs to be made. Come to think of it, I'm in a daze
too after watching this movie. Now, excuse me while I go try
my luck at a nearby restaurant to see if I can get a pretty
lady to marry me on the spot.
(The lack of substance, sense and heart in "Wedding
Daze" ruins the film of its great potential and may leave
viewers in a daze as well)
Review by Tan Heng Hau