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Wedding Daze

Nicola Mostyn says ‘I don’t’ to another unfunny comedy

Published on June 5th 2007.


Wedding Daze

It is ten years since Isla Fisher left Home and Away and, following her part as an obsessive chick in Wedding Crashers, she finally gets her first lead role, opposite American Pie star Jason Biggs. The film is written and directed by Michael Ian Black.

Jason Biggs was Jason Biggs and, frankly, I wish he’d stop.

Having shagged a pie in his most notable performance to date, it’s no shocker to see Biggs oiled up and sporting sparkly red knickers in the opening minutes of this film as Anderson, a nice but deluded guy who’s about to propose to his ‘perfect’ girlfriend dressed as Cupid. Evidently she hasn’t seen American Pie because when he turns up semi-naked and pops the question she’s actually very shocked indeed. In fact, she drops dead.

A year later and he’s still not over her death. Jeez, what a dork. Thankfully his friend – a wholly unremarkable character who deserves no further mention - urges him to get back in the game, so he immediately asks a pretty waitress (Fisher) to marry him. Luckily/unluckily for him, she’s just received an unwelcome proposal from her charade-loving orthodontist boyfriend, leaving her ideally placed to say yes to the lovelorn chap. Well, we didn’t say it made any sense…

I can’t deny there are a few sniggers to be had during this film but the amount of on-target gags are dwarfed by the number of ‘funny’ moments which totally miss the mark. Seemingly pitched somewhere between the oddball genius of Anchorman, the cosy cheesiness of a Rom Com and the gross out comedy of your average teen flick, it succeeds on none of these counts and, instead, flails around in the space in between.

The jokes are laboured, the lines predictable and the attempts at quirky comedy are tedious or just plain nasty (I’m thinking of one scene involving Anderson’s parents and some spray cream, in which they get enormously turned on by the words “Anderson is COMING over.” I almost phoned Childline.)

Isla Fisher is appealing enough; a bit kooky, a bit sappy, showcasing a strange, honking but not totally hateful laugh - sort of a No-Frills Drew Barrymore. Jason Biggs was Jason Biggs and, frankly, I wish he’d stop. There was zero chemistry between the pair (it might have helped if they’d had any physical contact before the final frame), the plot was a nonsense, and the slew of painstakingly eccentric characters - the pervy parents, the jailbird Dad, the circus freak friends – were just plain dull.

If you were the sort of person who loved Police Academy…well, I’d forgive you. You know, they had a certain kind of charm. If you enjoy this film, however, I’ll have to come round to your home, hold you there at gun point and make you watch Airplane, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin and…oh no, sod it, I’ll just shoot you. Honestly, it’s for the best.

NB - There seems to be a bit of confusion about the name of this film on the web. On some sites it’s called The Pleasure of Your Company. On others it’s The Next Girl I See. In the UK they seemed to have plumped for the equally uninspiring . For ease of use, let’s just call it bobbins.

Wedding Daze (12A) is on general release.

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