Weddings are meant to be the happiest day of your life. They can also be incredibly stressful. Love Wedding Repeat is a textbook example of why you should always have a wedding planner to help things run smoothly.
While trying to make his sister’s wedding day go smoothly, Jack finds himself juggling an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and the girl that got away in alternate versions of the same day.
This British remake of the French film The Table Plan has the makings of a cracking farce. Misconceptions about relationships, trying to keep people from crossing paths, budding romances, jilted exes, etc.
Sadly the execution lets it down. The pacing is sluggish, like the wait between the ceremony and the sit down meal. The jokes are crude and as unfunny as the worst best man’s speech.
The actors, including comedians like Aisling Bea and Tim Key, try their best but just have nothing to work with. Their characters are mere caricatures of atypical wedding guests and nothing more.
You will find more characterisation, drama and comedy in an episode of Don’t Tell The Bride.
The concept is billed as wedding-based comedy meets Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow. One where Jack is forced to relive the wedding until everything goes right and everyone lives happily ever after.
This is not that movie. Instead we get the disembodied voice of an old woman talking about the randomness of chance and how it can be “a kick in the ballsack”. There is no magic or curse to explain the repetition. Simply the fact that the day could have gone any number of ways… 5040 to be exact. I did the math after the film.
The biggest flaw of Love Wedding Repeat however is how it wastes the Repeat aspect of its title. It is a full hour into the film’s runtime before we the day resets itself and then only for a 60 second montage of various permutations before heading into the final table sitting.
The outtakes over the credits hint at lots of footage that was shot for different versions of the day but the material was simply not strong enough to use, hence fast forwarding to the happy ending.
Best to simply RSVP “not attending” because this is one wedding that should be avoided at all costs. I do? I don’t!
Love. Wedding. Repeat is available on Netflix from 10th April
Director: Dean Craig
Stars: Sam Clafin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aisling Bea, Tim Key
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: Italy | UK