Sunday, September 4, 2011


Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Jaime Lee Curtis
Sigourney Weaver, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth

"What doesn't kill you ... is going to marry your brother"

Star Movies

Anyone who has been bullied/maligned during their high school days, please nod your head and say 'aye'. Surely, we all could identify with the main character of this chick flick. Marni (Kristen Bell) comes home from her high paying job in New York to attend her brother's wedding. Much to her dismay, she discovers her brother is marrying Joanna (Odette Yustman) the cheerleader who incessantly tormented Marni in high school.

The rest of the film focuses on Marni desperate attempts to expose Joanna's true 'evil' self to her family who have grown quite fond of their future daughter in law. The silly wedding preparations complete with an over the top wedding planner portrayed by the miscast yet very talented Kristin Chenoweth. It also presents the rivalry between Joanna's aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) and Marni's mom Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis). They used to be best friends during their high school days but arguably had some falling out with each other.

It started out with a good premise - the story about the enduring horrors of high school and learning to move on from your past. Then unfortunately it spirals into something completely senseless. It tries too hard to draw in laughs and there is not much logic to the characters' behavior.

The presence of two acting powerhouses does nothing to redeem this dismal comedy. Yet their perky performances were quite infectious. Weaver’s timing and deadpan delivery is spot-on, while Curtis has an engaging twinkle in her eye, even when she has to act like a fool.

The happy ending was very forced. It seems like the script writers simply gave up trying to piece all the loopholes in the side plots into one coherent structure. Although I have to admit there were (very few) instances which made me laugh and chuckle. But, I for one would know that there is simply nothing FUNNY about being tormented in high school. Gosh!

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