Review in a Hurry: The in-laws freak out when a young interracial couple—she's Latino, he's black—announce their plans to marry. This culture-clash comedy stumbles down the aisle with gags that are old, borrowed, and blue (yes, including ones about the little blue pill)—but precious few that are new.
The Bigger Picture: It's an odd pairing—no, not the unlikely lovebirds intent on saying "I do" but the movie's forced marriage of broad farce and warm-fuzzies. Plus, all the ethnic stereotypes and rom-com clichés on the guest list make this Wedding less than bliss.
Just home from law school, Lucia (Ugly Betty's America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross) spring their recent engagement on their families, but neither bride's side nor groom's side takes the news well. Tempers run high and racial epithets fly as relatives wage war over the perfect wedding plans.
Things get especially contentious and competitive between the fathers, Miguel (Carlos Mencia) and Brad (Forest Whitaker). These alpha dads are doggedly opposite, see—Miguel is a Mexican immigrant and family man with a car-restoration business, while Brad is an African-American divorcee and womanizer with a high-profile, radio-DJing gig.
Their schticky, schlong-swinging contest quickly gets tedious, as do most of the sitcommy situations and antics. The mindless jokes of Mencia include bits about The Matrix and Roger Rabbit—yeah, that's fresh—and Whitaker probably hopes he can live down being humped by a Viagra-gulping goat. Bad, b-a-a-a-d!
Between the cake-throwing and other Jerry Springer moments, there's actually a little to love in sweeter, quieter scenes: Miguel's wife, Sonia (Diana Maria Riva), worries that romance has disappeared from their marriage, and sassy attorney Angela (Regina King) struggles with her affections for longtime friend Brad.
Of course, the familial friction leads to a rift in Lucia and Marcus' relationship as well. Can all bickering parties hug it out in time for a blow-it-out wedding and reception? Dearly beloved, what do you think?
The 180—a Second Opinion: More harmonious is the soundtrack, which mixes jazz, soul, and mariachi music.
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