Starring: Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, America Ferrera, Lance Gross, Regina King
Director: Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar)
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Release Date: March 12, 2010
Critics’ Thumbs Up: 42%
“…breezy, uncomplicated, unapologetically broad…” Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
“…lifeless mess…” Nick Schager, Time Out New York
With its disappointingly low amount of humor and originality, Our Family Wedding works better as a trailer than a full-length film. In an all-too familiar premise, Ferrera and Gross play a biracial engaged couple who must deal with racial tensions, cultural clashes and, most of all, feuding fathers. Not only do the dads dominate the wedding, Mencia and Whitaker, also take over the film, frustratingly leaving little character development or even screen time for Ferrera and Gross. While Anjelah Johnson never fails to deliver sassy, funny lines as Ferrera’s sister, Wedding lacks overall inconsistency with its humor and wrongly relies way too much for laughs on slapstick, absurd situations like a runaway goat consuming a bottle of Viagra.