Much like those fun little videos you made back in high school, youaren't going to get it unless you where there. This movie defiantly hasa lot of clich?s, but that is kinda the point. For anyone who has had amarriage, or dating relationship, is cultural clashes this is a movieyou can relate to. Unfortunately if you are white and have a whiterelationship this film will have very little connection to you. I amblack and my fianc?e is Mexican, so this movie had A LOT of connectionwith me. I could relate to 95% of this movie, therefore giving me abiased advantage. Although the audience reach of this movie isn't verybig, nor is it a blockbuster by any standards, is it a FUN little filmand shouldn't be looked over if you are in a relationship where eachothers families have culture clashing.User: danceability-1
OUR FAMILY WEDDING
STARRING: Forrest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, LanceGross, Regina King, Diana-Maria Riva, Lupe Ontiveros, Anjelah N.Johnson, Charlie Murphy and Shannyn Sossamon.
WRITTEN BY: Wayne Conley, Malcolm Spellman and Rick Famuyiwa.
DIRECTED BY: Rick Famuyiwa.
It's lesson number one for any newly engaged couple, and Lucia andMarcus are no exception. In Our Family Wedding, they learn the hard waythat the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife. Whenthey return from college and too suddenly announce their marriageplans, they soon discover that their fathers - two highly competitiveover-the-top egos - can wreak a major amount of havoc on their specialday. With insults flying and tempers running high, it's anyone's guessif the alpha dads (Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia) will survive tomake it down the aisle in one piece. Lucia's mother is busy planningthe wedding of "her" dreams and the only levelheaded one in the bunchis Angela, the groom's father's best friend and lawyer, who manages tokeep her cool when the madness reaches a crescendo. With only weeks toplan their wedding, Lucia and Marcus soon discover the true meaning oflove and find there is truth to the saying - that when you marrysomeone, you marry their entire family. The basic plot of the story ispretty standard; a young couple fall in love and their parents do notlike each other at all. However, with this movie there is the addedelement of relations between Latin and African American cultures. Theserelations are portrayed through numerous hilarious actions and commentsthat are not race sensitive, but definitely reflective of historicissues between the cultures and very funny. However, the great part ofthe movie is that the families find a way to have a great wedding afterall this craziness. I think you will enjoy this movie, because it waswell done.
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Our Family Wedding
The best thing about mixed minority weddings is you can rest assure thequality of dance at the reception will be superior to that of apredominantly Caucasian American affair. In addition to that whitewedding stereotype, the African American and Mexican American familiesin this comedy also vocalize their objectionsnot bottle them up forlater, in private particularly the fathers.
For Lucia (America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross), getting engagedwas the easy part. Now they must introduce each other to theirrespected familiesboth of which are different ethnicities. Choosingthe engagement dinner to introduce the households, Lucia and Marcus areunpleasantly surprised to discover their fathers (Forest Whitaker,Carlos Mencia) are already familiar with each other due to a priordisagreement.
With both families forced to compromise their traditions in order toaccommodate the other, the fathers participant in a game ofone-upmanship, which later finds them in hot water with theirsignificant others.
Slovenly assembled, this gross-out rom-com is too preoccupied with thewarring patriarchs to bother with character development or comedy.
As for ethnic neutrality and dealing with objections during yourinterracial marriage ceremony: hire an albino priest and say your vowsin Esperanto. (Red Light)
Like a terrible version of "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" blended with"The In-Laws," "Father of the Bride," "Grand Canyon" and "My Big, FatGreek Wedding," this newest effort by director Rick Famuyiwa (who hashelmed such masterpieces as "Brown Sugar," "The Wood" and "BlacktopLingo," among others), is one of the worst films of the year - so far.
It also does for goats what "The Love Guru" did for elephants - burns avision of those beasts in one's retinas that can never, ever be erased.
Instead of blacks and whites coming together after fighting each otherthroughout the movie (and then reconciling in the end), we get blacksand Hispanics going at each others throats for almost 100 minutes withno relief or comedic situations to speak of, and certainly nosatisfying resolution, one way or another.
Plot has ultra-wealthy Marcus (Lance Gross, part of the Tyler Perry's"House of Payne" clan), son of Brad Boyd (Forrest Whittaker,Oscar-winner for "Last King Of Scotland"), who falls in love with LuciaRamirez (America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"), the salt-of-the-earth daughterof a tow-truck driver, Miguel (stand-up comedian Carlos Mencia, ofComedy Central fame).
One day, Miguel has to haul away Boyd's Rolls-Royce which is parkedillegally or something like that. Of course, the two begin to argue andalso to throw around the first in a series of stereotypical black andHispanic insults. Get used to this, folks.
Like every other film (and television sit-com) of this ilk, thebefuddled young couple is excited to spring the big news, but somethingalways spoils it. Here, the setting is a fancy restaurant where Boydand Ramirez fire more racial insults at one another and forbid themarriage.
Rest of film consists of young couple trying to mend fences whilevarious oft-used situations take place (elderly Latina grandmotherfalls over when she sees Marcus is black, sensible mothers try to reignin husbands' bigotry and stupidity, extended families meet to discusswildly divergent wedding preparations, sappy talk between father anddaughter, a wedding cake fight and some kind of sports or civic event -here it's an amazingly unfunny softball contest in which the two dads,of course, face off against one another).
Do the nuptials take place? Do the fathers-in-law come to some kind ofagreement? Will Marcus and Lucia stay together forever? Will there be awhole slew of black-Hispanic "comedies" made after this? Was I acomplete moron for watching this drivel? Well, I can answer "yes" tothe last two questions, at least.
Mencias should go back to his stand-up routine while Whittaker needs togive his Oscar to the man who SHOULD have won it - Peter O'Toole (for"Venus"). After "Vantage Point," "Street Kings" and now this turkey,the Academy Award gods have had enough. Ask Cuba Gooding, Jr. Gross andFerrera are typical young leads, boring and insignificant, while onlyMarcus' mom, Regina King ("Ray") comes anywhere near a halfway decenteffort.
So, if one likes watching people of different races and ethnicitiesscreaming at one another, another movie in which men are made out to betotal idiots, bigoted and racists material being bandied about (imagineif one of the leads was a WHITE person) and a goat with an erection(don't ask) then by all means, shell out 10 bucks to see this movie,you won't be sorry at all.
Our Family Wedding proves that even a convoluted, stupid, clich?d storycan have a little bit of potential, but only a little bit. The filmstarts out with Lucia (America Ferarra) and Marcus (Lance Gross), aperfectly nice and seemingly happy engaged couple. The only problem isLucia did not tell her uptight dad named Miguel (Carlos Mencia).Miguel, not knowing what he has done, he tows Marcus's dad, Brad(Forest Whitaker) car. When they meet, they automatically startfighting, and that's essentially the film. While the cast is likable,and sometimes brings the film out of it slum, putting the great actingof Forest Whitaker and the recycled jokes of Carlos Mencia is juststupid. While it is funny at a couple of points watching the two fight,it's just tiring. I don't care how much they hate each other, I don'twant to see them fight all the movie. The last 30 minutes is anunnecessary make-up, break-up, over long wedding scene. The film got meto laugh a couple times, but I wanted my two hours back. Overall, OurFamily Wedding is not worth your time or money because most of it isunfunny and wastes a talented cast, and you won't miss anything if youdon't see it, so don't feel too bad if you miss it.User: ltlacey
For once I wish that I had at least glanced at some reviews of thismovie, thus saving me money and an excruciating amount of time sittingthrough this drivel. Every insipid stereotype, stupid clich?, and cornyjoke was tried, and each failed completely. I am not even going to gothere about the goat and the bottle of Viagra. For the most part, thetalent was there, but I got the sense that each one had been given alarge dose of some drug just to make it through the motions. For theentire movie, it felt like even the actors did not want to be there,and I cannot say that I blame them one bit. By the way, the goat hadthe best lines (ahem: none).User: napierslogs
"Our Family Wedding" has some good actors and two great actors, ForestWhitaker and America Ferrera, but a horrible script. A younginterracial couple travel back home to tell their families they'regetting married and to plan a quick wedding. Their fathers, theircultures and their families clash. This is just rehashed material andno better than a poor man's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".
They were going for laughs, and although I did laugh-out-loud in a fewscenes, most of the lines were just rude, and all of the characters,especially Whitaker's, were just being insubordinate. Every characterhad friction with one another and sometimes we weren't even privy tothe reasons, so not only were we not laughing, we're frustrated aswell.
The few laughs were not enough to overcome the frustration and manypointless scenes. Even if they were going for drama instead, there isno sense of drama just from watching characters act in horrible waysbecause the script tells them to. I can't really recommend "Our FamilyWedding", only possibly to die-hard fans of the genre and fans ofAmerica Ferrera. This is a Ferrera we haven't seen before, mature andsubdued, and she at least was nice to watch.
I rented this movie from the Local Video Store and watched it withlittle or now expectation of any kind. To my surprise, I felt verypleased with this production that touched the base of cross-culturalbarriers that we now so often experience in our Society. After all,America is a melting pot of Cultures and of different Ethnic groups ofparents who'd migrated to this land of opportunity to better theirfamilies's lives. Problems arise when young ones fall in love with eachother from different Cultures, and than they have to bring their desireto marry each other to their families who each want to follow their ownCultural Path's to marry the young couple. Here it is what lies at theheart of this story, which is about understanding, cooperating,respecting, and working together with each other's families whilejoining the young couple in their sanctity of holy matrimony, or simplyput, getting hitched. This movie had brought me a lot of laughter andserious issues to think about in terms of Race Relations and Tolarencefor each other's Cultures! I think it is a must see! Steve Horvath,Chicago, ILUser: ward
I am so shocked at the polarizing views on this movie. The ridiculoushigh standards placed on this simple film about its plot and purpose.This is no documentary. It is a very funny comedy about two families.Clearly, their is a significant amount of intellectual elitism thatexists over race in this country. From the amateur comments to theprofessional critics, the focus on racial elements of this film aremisguided and unwelcome. It is a comedy about two families that happento be Black and Latino. A 3 star rating is absurd compared to thevolumes of exploitative ethnic action and comedy flicks of completenonsense, and worn out plots that receive twice the rating. Clearly,this films subject matter prevents far too many from enjoying a simplecomedy by feeling like they must dissect this inter-racial plot intobeing something it is not. Lighten up! Can we all just get along??User: wmss
First of all,this was hardly the "worst film of the year" as onereviewer on this site wrote. THAT film was called "All About Steve."This one was in some ways a standard rom-com and yes,there weresimilarities to other films from "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" to"Meet the Fockers." But I find that all rom-coms have elements incommon,so what's the big deal? The big deal is that this film involvesa mixed race couple where neither one is white,in fact the girl isMexican-American and the boy is African-American,both college educatedand from families that are not poor. In fact the prospective groom'sfather has quite a bit of money,and the bride to be comes from a familythat ,if not rich,is at least solidly middle class. I see why thecritics,both professional and non,didn't "get it." None of the maincharacters is involved in gangs,drugs, or lives in the ghetto or thebarrio. There are no men dressed in drag pretending to be grandmotherseither . And there are no main characters that are white. No "bestfriend" no work buddy,no obnoxious boss. The plot involves people ofcolor having to bridge a cultural divide. Are there clich?d moments?Sure. Were the fathers sometimes over the top in their dealings withone another? You betcha! Have we seen this in other films that didn'tget nearly the lashing this one did? Certainly. I enjoyed this filmbecause ,in spite of the normal conventions of its genre,it showedpeople of color as normal families dealing with a situation they maynot like,but having to find a way to come together for the ones theylove.User: dorianj-4
I completely disagree with gregeichelberger's review. I thought thiswas a great film and I don't see why gregeichelberger was so concernedwith WHITE people. This film is not about WHITE people. Now that doesnot mean that this film cannot be enjoyed by White people, but thisfilm concerns race relations between two cultures that have had issuesover the years. I get the impression that gregeichelberger does notunderstand this fact nor appreciate how prevalent these issues aretoday. Either way, please do not take his review as the gospel truth.
The basic plot of the story is pretty standard; a young couple fall inlove and their parents do not like each other at all. However, withthis film there is the added element of race relations between Latinand African American cultures. These relations are portrayed throughnumerous hilarious actions and comments that are not race sensitive,but definitely reflective of historic issues between the cultures andvery funny. If you know Spanish you will definitely get more of a laughout of this film.
Throughout the beginning of the movie young couple sort of roll withthe punches as their families clamor to claim what aspects of whatculture will be represented in the weeding. As the film progresses thecouple goes through adversity based on their families craziness, butthey find a way through it with some touching scenes.
More importantly the two families begin to work to gather to plan theweeding and make sure both cultures feel respected and included in theweeding. This is another point that I feel like gregeichelberger mayhave missed. The weeding is a mixture of the two families' jointeffort. There is a mixture of music with a Marachi band playing throughpart of the weeding and a DJ spinning R&B through part of the weeding(which is a funny scene where Miguel and Brad go to a club and look fora DJ). The young couple jumps a broom and both families pick the groomup and through him up and down. There is even a scene where Lucia'sgangster cousin teaches Marcus how to do a little dance.
I think the basic point of the movie escaped gregeichelbergercompletely and this may be an important point for anyone interested inwatching this film. I don't think this film was meant to be PC, thisfilm was meant to display issues that exist between two communities.The creators of this film went out of there way to identify certainstereotypes and issues that these two communities have with each otherand found comedic ways to display this issues.
However, the great part of the film is that the families find a way tohave a great weeding after all this craziness. This would be theresolution that gregeichelberger seemed to miss. The weeding day startsoff as a disaster but they piece it together. The two families actuallyhave a laugh together when they realize how crazy things have becomeover the weeding. At this point they actually bonded and place theirdifference aside for the young couple. They come to a realization thatMarcus and Lucia love each other and that is something that family hasto respect no matter how crazy they are.
I guess to sum it up, this film will appeal to you if you are notAfrican-American, Latino or aware of the issues between these twocommunities because it has humor and heart. However, I do think it isimportant to understand that this film address issues between these twocommunities and makes a point to illustrate the issues in a blunt andrealistic way, while being humorous at the same time. This is importantbecause the jokes in the film are not simply random jokes. They arejokes based on the issues between these two communities and I believepeople should be aware of this. If you go see this film with you lovedones I think you will laugh, maybe even cry, but I think you will enjoythis film because it was well done.
Do not pay attention to the ridiculously low rating this film hasaccumulated. It's hardly one of the best movies you'll ever see, but itis overall much more enjoyable than not.
The young leads are a charming, believable couple, and you do root forthem.
I thought the more obvious (meaning unfunny) racial jokes were actuallykept to a respectable minimum, considering that culture clash is themain premise of the movie.
Some scenes work better than others. One involving the familiesfiguring out the "seating schematic" is quite clever and funny. Oneinvolving a bathroom is a rather shameless and unfunny ripoff of ascene from "Father of the Bride."
Carlos Mencia, I have to say, I don't think is funny or a particularlygood actor. I kept finding myself imagining someone else in the part(*cough* George Lopez... or anyone else, really). But he wasn't enoughto ruin the movie for me.
The best parts of the movie were the story with Forest Whitaker andRegina King, and anything with Charlie Murphy, who has a small buthilarious role. The one scene featuring him and Taye Diggs was the onetime I laughed HARD. And yes, as another reviewer pointed out, theactress playing the sister was excellent.
Most of the plot points are predictable, yes, but I didn't really holdthat against "Our Family Wedding." I at least had a better time thanI've had at most real weddings. I give it a 6 out of 10.
Our Family Wedding is a grim prospect on its face: a frantic weddingmovie meets an uproarious culture clash movie, where two patriarchs -the smooth African-American and the fiery Latino - do hilarious battleand then there's some romance somewhere. It fails to deliver even onthat meagre promise. Forest Whittaker and Carlos Mencia play thefathers of young lovers Marcus and Lucia (Lance Gross and AmericaFerrera) who return home to L.A. to announce their surprise engagementand plans to be married immediately. Things get complicated, when welearn that Lucia's family don't really like black people, and Marcus'father, a neat-freak radio DJ-cum-ladies'-man, doesn't like Mexicanpeople. Predicaments predictably follow, in the proper order and tofactory specifications.
Despite a legitimately (for the most part) talented cast and a set-upalmost guaranteed to be worth at least a few forced laughs, the filmmanages to be almost completely devoid of humour. It's a punishing,depressing display. The film knows what beats to hit, and tries withheroic, military determination to hit them only to fail, every singletime. We're presented with the really uncomfortable knowledge that thefilm knows it should be funny, here, here and here, and is reallytrying, honest - see how the goat tries to have sex with the fancyman!? - but just can't quite haul it's hackneyed self anywhere close toan actual laugh. It's ugly and it tries to make you complicit in itsugliness, like when you walk in on your roommate three quarters of theway through an extra large pizza and they try and make you eat the lastslice.
To do the obvious thing and fail at it is the worst thing an artist cando. To offer a thin-gruel compromise to your audience, to say "here's atrite, rote ethnicity-clash wedding comedy that you know will bederivative but what else are you going to watch come on it can't beterrible" and then to hand them something terrible is just... rude. Toask us to watch Carlos Mencia flail his way through a grim, gracelessMr. Hulot-inspired bit of non-comedy is mean, and makes us feel badlyabout ourselves and the choices that brought us here.
One bright spot: Anjelah Johnson as the tomboy sister of the bride isthe only actor in the film that's able to wring a couple of laughs outof it, and the sisters' relationship is one of the only interestingthings in a film that's otherwise not much more than a grim processionof joyless clich?s. 2/10