Love Wedding Repeat probably isn’t the wedding that you want to RSVP yes to but the film certainly has its moments throughout.
We all could use a comedy right now. I’m not going to go after this film too because the cast is giving it their all. It certainly has its moments, of course. Not many moments–to be fair–but they are there. You just have to look hard enough. Granted, some of these moments are almost always predictable. This isn’t to say that I didn’t laugh because I certainly chuckled. At the same time, some other moments felt a bit forced such as during the ending.
There’s a lot going on here and Dean Craig’s screenplay has us viewing alternate versions of the same wedding. All Jack (Sam Claflin) wants is for his litle sister’s wedding to be the best wedding ever. What happens? There’s the angry ex-girlfriend making an appearance. Then you have the guest that wasn’t even on the invite list. Next, there’s the sleep sedative that gets placed in one champagne glass only to have people mess with the placards at the table. I saw this part coming a mile away but I chuckled a bit. The best part for Jack is reuniting with Dina (Olivia Munn). He let her got away from him once. Will he manage to let her get away this time around?
The comedy doesn’t quite work in Love Wedding Repeat as much as Dean Craig would like. I think it really comes down to what one feels about romantic comedies and how they almost always play to the same beats. Even with playing the wedding on repeat, it either works or it doesn’t. It’s not for the lack of trying but just happens to be problems in terms of the film’s execution. Though to be fair, I haven’t seen Plan de Table, which this film is based on.
Love Wedding Repeat is going to be mostly forgettable when all is said and done.
DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: Dean Craig
CAST: Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, Tim Key, Aisling Bea, Jack Farthing, Allan Mustafa, and Freida Pinto