THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING MOVIE REVIEW
Jordan, Frank, Melina, and T.C. have been seated at the table reserved for those invited to a wedding who very clearly do not want to be there. They will spend the entire time talking shit about the people in attendance who they find annoying, dumb, and/or detestable, much like this new film starring Kristen Bell playing a version of Eleanor from The Good Place and her brother, Ben Platt with a beard (so as not to confuse him for a 30-something looking high school kid – obligatory Dear Evan Hansen dig), and Allison Janney as their mother who just wants her kids to just get it together long enough to attend their half sister’s wedding in London. Bell hooks up with Ted from Schitt’s Creek, Platt juggles his boyfriend and a potential threesome, and Janney rekindles her romance with her ex-husband. Meanwhile, the bride deals with her siblings’ bad attitudes and there are drunk bridesmaids, arrests, & Taco Bell. Plenty of drama unfolds through various intertwining plots in various degrees of comedy and seriousness. And if this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because it’s yet another attempt to recapture the wonderfully crafted Love, Actually formula, but much like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, He’s Just Not That Into You, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting, this movie fails to achieve what Love, Actually did. This should be a moving story about familial love in all its facets. It’s decidedly not that. And after the Squad shares their thoughts, there’s a good chance none of them will be invited to anymore weddings.
DIRECTED BY: Claire Scanlon
STARRING: Allison Janney, Ben Platt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Isaach de Bankolé, Kristen Bell, Karan Soni, Dustin Milligan, Tony Goldwyn, Jorma Taccone, John Macmillan, Julian Ovenden, Rufus Jones
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
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