Last but not least on the list…
6. 27 Dresses (2008) “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” You may have heard this superstitious adage. Katherine Heigl’s character in this romantic comedy is an unmarried woman with her fair share of poofy bridesmaid gowns from 27 different weddings. Aha. Most women know about the cost and colour of those choice frocks!
- 5. The Wedding Singer (1998) This flick about a wedding singer, who falls in love with an event waitress, was the original Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore rom-com. Ironically, I originally wanted to see this because my mother used to sing at weddings. She has a great voice and used to perform mostly at friends’ weddings. The payment was the meal and a gift equivalent to a bridesmaid gift (compact for face powder or picture frame).
- 4. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1998) Before Runaway Bride, Julia Roberts was making a mad dash for Dermot Mulroney in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Roberts played Julianne Potter, a woman who realizes she’s in love with her longtime pal (Mulroney), just as he’s about to marry another woman (Cameron Diaz).
- 3. Bridesmaids (2012) R-rated, this female-driven picture starred Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey. What a bridal party! The film earned two Oscar nominations, Best Original Screenplay for Wiig and Annie Mumolo and Best Supporting Actress for McCarthy. My mother (the wedding singer) found it far from virginal and quite foulmouthed!
- 2. Wedding Crashers (2005) When it comes to mastering the art of crashing a wedding, look no further than Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Before there was Ted, 22 Jump Street and The Hangover, this 2005 comedy held the record for the highest opening for an R-rated film. A huge box-office and critical success, the film also served up hilarious breakthrough performances from Isla Fisher and Bradley Cooper.
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Based o Nia Vardalos‘ one-woman play about a young Greek woman’s efforts to make her family accept her non-Greek boyfriend, MBFGW was one of the biggest surprise hits in movie history. Not only did Vardalos score an Oscar nomination for her witty screenplay, but the film still stands as the highest grossing wedding movie of all time. Note the sequel a decade later was cute, but nothing as powerful as the original as is often the case with sequels and remakes!
But what about half a dozen others, for example,
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) or Father or the Bride – either Spencer Tracey (1950) or Steve Martin (1991) – or It’s Complicated (1992) with Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep (Steve Martin again!)?
Like my manuscript, most of the movies on this list are lighthearted. Wedding movies tend to be comic but there are exceptions like the Indian film, Monsoon Wedding (1991), which revealed a dark family secret.
Foreign films might include the zany Australian classic Muriel’s Wedding or Mexican writer Laura Esquivel’s magic realism on screen in Like Water for Chocolate (1992), or the frothy La mariée est trop belle starring Brigitte Bardot, directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit. The last movie’s title evokes an expression: complain that the bride is too beautiful, in other words, complain about something that should be praised! Similar to the expression is Trop belle pour toi, Bertrand Blier’s film featuring Carole Bouquet and Gérard Depardieu with Josiane Bolasko. This film tells the tale of a beautiful bride whose husband cheats on her with a plain plump woman! Bolasko, also a director, gave us Gazon maudit, another film marrying nuptials, lesbianism and infidelity. Revenge is a dish best eaten cold! Is there a French trend here? Blake Edwards’ movie 10 is an American cinematographic example of the pre-wedding obsession and then honeymoon affair with background music from Bolero by Ravel. The expression ‘a ten’, cornrows in white women’s hair plu the theme from Bolero became commonplaces after this box office smash.
My tale of a stolen #weddinggown actually follows the wedding and unfolds during 24 hours of the honeymoon. How many films show the honeymoon? Think about it until next list!