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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020)

An ensemble romantic comedy set in Boston revolving around a wedding includes a caterer (Jeremy Irons), a blind woman (Diane Keaton), a wedding planner (Maggie Grace), a bus tour guide (Andrew Bachelor), a mayoral candidate (Dennis Staroselsky) and his fiancee (Caroline Portu), a gambler (Andy Goldenberg), a Russian stripper (Melinda Hill) and a rock singer (Diego Boneta). Written and directed by Dennis Dugan (HAPPY GILMORE) so we all know who to blame for this train wreck. I suppose LOVE ACTUALLY is the template for ensemble romantic comedies such as this but this film is the kind of movie that gives romcoms a bad rep. At this stage of her career, Diane Keaton seems to be the poster girl for geriatric romcoms and even though she's just part of an ensemble as opposed to the "star" of the film, she continues the trend. She and Irons have no chemistry but then again, none of the other members of the cast do either which is disaster for a romcom. Trite and predictable, the script looks to have been written by a committee who've seen too many romcoms. With Todd Stashwick, Elle King, Jesse McCartney, Chandra West and Veronica Ferres.

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