Our Family Wedding

Our Family Wedding

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Director: Rick Famuyiwa, Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia

Cast: Rick Famuyiwa, Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia

     
 

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Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia headline this culture-clash comedy centered on the conflict between two headstrong fathers whose children are about to be married. With just two weeks to go before the big day, the disagreeable dads struggle to put aside their differences long enough to plan the perfect

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Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia headline this culture-clash comedy centered on the conflict between two headstrong fathers whose children are about to be married. With just two weeks to go before the big day, the disagreeable dads struggle to put aside their differences long enough to plan the perfect wedding. America Ferrera, Regina King, and Fred Armisen co-star.

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In Our Family Wedding, she's Mexican-American and he's African-American, and they want to get married and start their lives together, but with fathers battling it out to be the dominant patriarch and families clashing over wedding plans, this couple may not make it to the alter in this latest version of the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner premise. The film starts off promising, and for a while there you can almost imagine director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar) taking a familiar story in an entirely new direction, but predictably he lets you down, and the bulk of the film is riddled with fill-in-the-blank wedding-comedy clichés and shameless racial stereotypes. The story centers on Lucia (America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross), who want to squeeze in a quick wedding before going away to Laos, where Marcus plans to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. But before they do that, they return to their hometown of Los Angeles to tell their families about the relationship. You see, Lucia has been hiding the fact that's she's living with Marcus and fears that her overprotective traditional father, Miguel (Carlos Mencia), will disown her. Meanwhile, Marcus worries about introducing his new fiancée to his marriage-phobic radio-show host father, Brad (Forest Whitaker), who has a thing for young women not much older than his son. When the two families finally meet, Brad and Miguel instantly dislike each other and cause matrimonial hell for their offspring. The couple adopt the "our marriage, their wedding" mantra, which pretty much sums up how the rest of the film plays out. Whitaker is surprisingly convincing as the smooth-talking DJ and delivers an entertaining comedic performance. Mencia brings his standard schtick, though it's much more toned down than what we're used to seeing from him. Both men play well off each other, and by the end the audience buys their newly developed friendship. Ugly Betty's America Ferrera is adorable as Lucia, the Columbia Law School dropout who wants to get married and save the world with Marcus, her dull-as-dishwater doctor fiancé. Ferrera and Gross were obviously miscast as the hopelessly-in-love couple, and though individually both are charming in their own way, together there's no chemistry between them. There is chemistry, however, between Brad and his longtime BFF Angela, played by Regina King, who gives a solid performance. Their playful relationship is much more enjoyable to watch, and King brings a coolness factor that makes the audience root for her. Some scenes seem grossly out of place, like the random family softball game and the fathers' trip to a night club, which ends in both being arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct; still, there is an underlying current of sentimentality that keeps the audience emotionally invested. By the end you do feel all warm and fuzzy as Lucia and Marcus get married and both families put away their differences and hug it out on the dance floor. That moment comes too late, though, as all the messiness before it overshadows that good feeling, and in the end the film reveals itself as a tasteless exercise in predictability.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
UPC:
0024543689706
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Our family wedding in high definition; Deleted and extended scenes; 'Til dads do us part featurette; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Forest Whitaker Brad Boyd
America Ferrera Lucia Ramirez
Carlos Mencia Miguel Ramirez
Regina King Angela
Lance Gross Marcus Boyd
Diana-Maria Riva Sonia Ramirez
Lupe Ontiveros Momma Cecila
Anjelah Johnson Isabella Ramirez
Charlie Murphy T.J.
Shannyn Sossamon Ashley McPhee
Tonita Castro Aunt Rosita
Anna Maria Horsford Diane Boyd
Warren Sapp Wendell Boyd
Shondrella Avery Keisha Boyd
Sterling D. Ardrey Ardom Boyd
Skylan Brooks Buddy Boyd
Castulo Guerra Father Paez
Joseph Mencia Manny Ramirez
Vivek Shah Maitre 'D
Matt Sauter Waiter
Paul Costa Mixologist
Joaquin Pastor DJ Spin-Sane
James Lesure Officer Turman
Alejandro Patino Goat Truck Driver
Jacqueline Mazarella Dress Shop Owner
Joseph Vassallo Tux Shop Owner
Ella Joyce Earlene
Sy Richardson Sonny
Noel G. Raymond Mata
Charles Grisham Westside Player
Caroline Aaron Elaine
Mimi Michaels Tipsy #1
Carlee Avers Tipsy #2
Hayley Marie Norman Sienna
Gordon E. James Frat Boy #2
Gina Rodriguez Bridesmaid
Gabriel G. Alvarez Cousin Jaime
Fred Armisen Philip Gusto

Technical Credits
Rick Famuyiwa Director,Screenwriter
Linda Burton Production Designer
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Wayne Conley Original Story,Screenwriter
Colin de Rouin Art Director
Eddie Garcia Choreography
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Marti Humphrey Sound Mixer
Scott G. Hyman Co-producer
Julio Macat Cinematographer
Myron Nettinga Sound Mixer
Beverly Jo Pryor Makeup
Christopher M. Ridino Art Director
Edward Saxon Producer
D. Tracy Smith Set Decoration/Design
Malcolm Spellman Screenwriter
Kim Taylor-Coleman Casting
Transcenders Score Composer
Franklin Vallette Asst. Director
Dirk Westervelt Editor
Steven J. Wolfe Producer

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Our Family Wedding 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
A favorable review: good entertainment. Our Family Wedding starring America Ferrera, Lance Gross, Carlos Mencia, Forest Whitaker, Regina King, Charlie Murphy, and Taye Diggs and many more actors has a good sound-track; the background music is "cool." There are touching moments between father & son as well as between father & daughter. The DVD kind of makes you think of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" with Spencer Tracy, and the updated version with Ashton & Bernie Mac. Many truths are revealed in the course of the storyline. This DVD is hilarious entertainment.