Release Date: September 15th, 2006 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Cast: Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Stephen Mangan, Meredith Macneill, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Vincent Franklin, Jason Watkins, Felicity Montagu, Jimmy Carr, Alison Steadman.
Directed by Debbie Isitt.
BASIC PREMISE: A mockumentary about three couples who compete for the “Most Original Wedding of the Year” for Confetti Magazine.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Despite a lively cast, Confetti simply doesn’t live up to its comic potential. The first act is hilarious, though, as the three couples introduce themselves and their unique plans for their wedding theme. Matt (Freeman) and Sam (Stevenson) want their wedding to be full of songs and dances. Joseph (Mangan) and Isabelle (Macneill) plan tennis-themed wedding and Michael (Webb) and Joanna (Colman) intend on having an all-nude wedding. It turns out that Joanna just began her nudist lifestyle with her fiancé, so she feels a little uneasy about the nudity. Meanwhile, quirky wedding planners Archie (Franklin) and Gregory (Watkins) must follow the orders of his uptight editor, Vivien (Montagu), to convince the nudists to keep their clothes on during their wedding. The second act loses steam with repetitive humor—how many times can you laugh at the nude couple? Other redundant attempts at visual humor, such as abnormally long nose, also falls flat pretty quickly. Even the music repeats itself too much with the clichéd song “Love is in the Air”. Many scenes are improvised and certainly feel that way. Fortunately, each actor knows how to be convincing and seems to have a lot of fun his/her role. However, the unimaginative script by writer/director Debbie Isitt doesn’t give them enough comic material and the humor doesn’t go far enough or feel refreshing like it does in a Christopher Guest mockumentary. At least the terrific cast helps to enliven this mildly entertaining, yet forgettable British mockumentary.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Repetitive humor.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly entertaining with a lively cast, but the script needs a heavier dose of refreshing comedy which diminishes too quickly.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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