As I will officially be handing in my bachelor card on Saturday, and keeping with this week’s marriage theme, today I will look at some of my favorite wedding related films.
Top 5 Wedding Films
This film introduced me to the wonderful talents of Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. The picture works on several different levels: it is a tale about friendship, a romantic comedy, and a great underdog story. Muriel’s Wedding also helped to make ABBA relevant again…though I am still on the fence as to whether or not that was a good thing.
The Best Man
Underrated gem in my opinion. Yes The Best Man has a few melodramatic moments in it, but nothing as bad as what you find in most Tyler Perry’s films. Despite its minor flaws, you cannot deny the overall charm of the film. Plus, I absolutely loved the casting in the film.
Some may be surprised to see this include in the list. Personally, I think the list would be bare without it. The rawness of the performances hits you like an emotional punch to the stomach. Yet there is a truth to the family dynamics, which makes this a film a must see. Weddings and funerals bring out the best and worst in families, and Rachel’s Getting Married is proof of this. Still, sometimes you need to see the worst before you can appreciate best of what family has to offer.
You knew this had to make the list. I will take this film over the likes of Father of the Bride any day. Rowan Atkinson’s cameo alone is worth the price of admission. One of the few romantic comedies that will still have me laughing after multiple viewings.
Mira Nair’s film holds special significance from me. 2001 was the very first year I went to TIFF. After the events of September 11, 2001, there was an air of uncertainty at the film festival (would they cancel the rest of the festival?) and within the world in general (would there be more attacks?). The TIFF organizers decided to continue the festival; and Monsoon Wedding happened to be my 9 am movie on September 12, 2001. This joyous film was exactly the medicine we all needed to lift our spirits. It is a simple, but effective, reminder of the beauty that love and family bring to the world.