Yes, the prime wedding season time is coming to a close. However, when I saw this new trailer for The Big Wedding, it brought up some nostalgic thoughts of my own favorite wedding movies (this one probably not included).
Here is the trailer for The Big Wedding, coming out in theaters on October 22.
Even though it’s nice to see Topher Grace on screen again and Ben Barnes being as cute as ever, I’m not sure that I’ll be checking this one out. It’s hard to measure up to my favorites listed below, and besides, the odd haircuts alone are scaring me away from this film; maybe shallow, but honest.
If you are in the mood for some wedding-themed flicks, check out 10 of my favorites below! (True, they may not be Academy Award winners, but you can’t deny they all make you feel good!)
10. The Wedding Singer (1998)
I am not the biggest Adam Sandler fan, but The Wedding Singer is one I definitely watch on repeat. Drew Barrymore’s character, Julia, can be annoyingly sweet at times, but her chemistry with Adam Sandler’s Robby Hart is undeniably perfect. Set in the 1980s, this movie gives us great comedy with crazy hairdos, outrageous outfits, and the ability to have a Boy George look-a-like.
Complete with a great ensemble cast (Allen Covert, Christine Taylor, Billy Idol and Christina Pickles), this film gives the audience a glimpse into the life of a wedding singer who finds out that “Love Stinks,” which obviously clashes with his profession. I think that this role actually makes Adam Sandler’s character pretty endearing, even though he has a curly mullet. Wanting to grow old with someone is a big commitment, so I’m glad he got to the plane in time! (Cue “awwwws!”)
9. The Wedding Date (2005)
Durmot Mulroney makes his first appearance on this list as intelligent and charming male escort, Nick Mercer, who Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) hires as a date for her sister’s wedding in England. The colors are beautiful, the scenery is picturesque, and the characters are lovable (all except for Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield), that is). Although the story seems a bit predictable (as many romantic comedies are), the way this is told is certainly unique and some plot twists are thrown in at the end to add some drama.
Destination weddings are my weak spot, so The Wedding Date has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. I love Jack Davenport as vulnerable groom Edward Fletcher-Wooten, who is surprisingly wronged by his fiancé, Kat’s seemingly innocent sister, Amy (Amy Adams). Some elements in this one create a nice change of pace from other wedding movies, such as showing the bond between sisters, hired escorts, some British culture, and betrayals on every end. After watching this movie, my love for Durmot Mulroney was definitely solidified – as well as for Michael Bublé tunes.
8. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
This one is a bit out there, since it’s from the 1940s, but give it a chance! The comedy stylings of Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart and Cary Grant transform this screwy plot into a great movie. Katharine nails her performance as Tracy Lord, a rich Philadelphian who is about to get married for the second time. Her ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), unfortunately shows up prior to the wedding, confusing Tracy’s feelings about the man she loves.
James Stewart comes in to write an article on the marriage as Macaulay Conner, throwing Tracy for a loop as a charming foil to Dexter’s plans to rekindle the flame with his ex-wife. Poor George Kittredge, Tracy’s fiancé, doesn’t even stand a chance. This movie keeps you guessing about who Tracy may pick, but I tend not to feel too sorry for her plight, as she is choosing between three quite eligible men. As an added bonus, Jimmy Stewart’s Macauley drunkenly shouting, “C.K. DEXTER HAAAAVEEEN!” is definitely a comedic highlight in this old-school wedding film.
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
“Oopah!” This film certainly took me by surprise, as I knew none of the cast members when it came out, and had no background in understanding Greek family traditions. However, I was definitely entertained by this one, from the giant family gatherings of Nicks, to Aunt Voula’s (Andrea Martin) description of her “neck twin” to Ian Miller’s (John Corbett) overwhelmed parents. The laughs never end.
Nia Vardalos does an excellent job as Toula, creating a fresh character who is at the same time both annoyed and appreciative of her large family. The story is heartwarming and funny, especially when you watch it over and over again, catching new little moments every time (such as the stark contrast of the loud and quiet households of the Portokalos/Miller families, the spitting on the bride, and the idea that Windex can cure any wound). After watching this one, you will never say “bunt cake” the same way again, either.
6. I Love You, Man (2009)
This movie is a great change of pace from the female-centric wedding films. It chooses to focus on the newly-termed “bromance” side of things, while Peter Klaven (the ever-hilarious Paul Rudd) is having trouble rustling up some groomsmen for his upcoming wedding. Afraid his wedding party will be lopsided, he goes out in search of some man friends and comes across the eccentric Sydney (Jason Segel). After a few “man dates,” these two hit it off and Peter finally asks Sydney to be his best man.
Rashida Jones also holds her own as the bride-to-be, Zooey, in this movie primarily focused on the men of the wedding. The relationships all seem pretty relatable, which makes this comedy something special. Similar to the appeal of Bridesmaids, I Love You, Man makes me laugh at its awkward moments and feel good at its heartwarming moments. The crazy things that come out of Paul Rudd’s mouth are irresistibly quotable – “totes magotes.”
5. Wedding Crashers (2005)
Another 2005 release, Wedding Crashers certainly delivers on the laughs. What I enjoy most about this one is how it combines both comedy and a romantic story all in one, which we don’t usually see from Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn-type movies of the early 2000s. Vince Vaughn’s character, Jeremy, definitely helps take care of the raunchy side of things, while Owen Wilson’s John becomes a bit more sentimental with Rachel McAdams’ character, Claire Cleary.
Also a great introduction for the magic of Bradley Cooper, Wedding Crashers is full of eccentric characters, with the naughty grandma being a staple nowadays in many comedies. Keir O’Donnell also gives a memorable performance as Todd Cleary, who lusts after Jeremy with hilarious fervor. This definitely ranks up there in my favorites of the “frat pack,” especially with Will Ferrell’s bizarre cameo as Chaz, the master of wedding crashing (“MA! THE MEATLOAF!”).
4. Bridesmaids (2011)
A recent addition to my top 10, Bridesmaids is hilariously real and fresh, offering great commentary on the relationships between women and the craziness of planning weddings. Certainly one of the hits of 2011 (snagging multiple Academy Award nominations), this film showed the world how funny women can be, and just how far they may go to get those laughs.
Kristen Wiig is pathetically charming as Annie, who unfortunately feels like she’s losing her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) as she tries to plan her wedding as the maid of honor. She is forced to compete for Lillian’s favor with the seemingly perfect Helen (Rose Byrne), despite the fact that Annie is Lillian’s childhood friend. Melissa McCarthy is a comedic genius in this movie, as she doesn’t shy away from anything as Lillian’s soon-to-be sister-in-law, Megan. Bridesmaids has a great combination of a strong female cast and great writing, and of course, Jon Hamm.
3. Father of the Bride (1991)
One of the more sentimental of the bunch, Father of the Bride has been another staple in my family for years. As Steve Martin’s character, George Banks, has trouble letting go of his daughter at 23 (played by Kimberly Williams), he constantly makes you laugh at his facial expressions and sarcasm. A remake of the 1950 Spencer Tracy flick, this one perfectly captures the timeless feeling of loss that comes with a child marrying, yet shows how seeing her grow up can be a good thing, too.
There are some bittersweet moments: George reminiscing about father-daughter times of old, George attempting to patch up his daughter’s relationship with her fiancé before the wedding, and the heart-wrenching letting-go during the wedding. There certainly are a lot of laughs, too. Martin Short delivers a great performance as Franck, the wedding coordinator, and the meeting of the in-laws is a great scene of unfortunate events for poor George similar to Meet the Parents. Yet there’s nothing quite like the ending where he finally lets go of his daughter and they exchange their final “I love you’s” of the film before she’s off on her honeymoon. This movie has a great mix of laughs and tears for everybody.
2. 27 Dresses (2008)
This movie takes the saying, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” to a whole new level. Katherine Heigl’s character, Jane, literally is the perfect bridesmaid; so much so that she’s been in 27 weddings, and has kept all of her dresses. I feel for her character in this movie, as a “plain Jane” who simply cannot get out of her people-pleasing rut in life, while her sister Tess (Malin Ackerman) sweeps in and steals her crush, George (Edward Burns). James Marsden’s character, Kevin, comes to the rescue as a sweet and charming thorn in Jane’s side.
I love the cast in this movie, and believe that James Marsden should definitely do more comedy. The story is unique in the realm of wedding stories, and the ending always makes me smile. It’s a fun, colorful, sweet tale that seems to end up happy for everyone (at least, I like to think that Tess and George get back together again in the future, as the ending hints). Plus, you get an awesome rendition of “Bennie and the Jets” by Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. We may never know the real lyrics to that song…
1. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
One of my first experiences watching a movie about a wedding was My Best Friend’s Wedding. Therefore, this film holds a special place in my heart where all chick flicks reside. Durmot Mulroney as Michael O’Neal is completely charming in this, even though I couldn’t remember his full name until a few years ago (when he starred in yet another wedding movie on this list). With Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett, the cast is entertaining doing just about anything on screen.
Even when Julia Roberts’ character, Julianne, is acting lower than “pond scum,” you still can’t help but root for her. In a world where wedding movies usually end happily for the main character, I can’t help but be in anguish and in awe as this one ends with the best friends remaining best friends, and nothing more. This film also gave the world the great “I Say a Little Prayer for You” scene, including background-dancing lobster claws. I shall leave you with this clip:
What are some of your favorite wedding movies? I obviously have not seen every single one out there (and some just didn’t make the top 10), so I’m interested in hearing your thoughts!