Our Family Wedding Not a Marriage Worth Saving

Not even America Ferrera can save this film
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2010 9:21 AM CST

(Newser) Our Family Wedding, a Rick Famuyiwa film about the wedding of a Mexican-American girl (America Ferrera) to her African American boyfriend (Lance Gross) is little more than a culture-clash cliché that Claudia Puig finds about as "funny as census data." Most critics agree:

  • It's a "perfectly good idea for a comedy," writes Roger Ebert for the Sun-Times, but it deals with the culture clash with the finesse of a mediocre sitcom. "Difficult problems are sidestepped, arguments are overacted, and there are three food fights involving wedding cakes."

  • And it just feels tired, writes Jeannette Catsoulis for the New York Times. The film "leaves no racial stereotype or stale joke unturned. Please don’t ask what happens when the goat gets into the Viagra."
  • John Anderson "gives this marriage 50 minutes, tops," also citing its nothing-new humor. "There are two reasons to see this movie: Regina King, who as usual outclasses everyone else, and Anjelah Johnson, who plays a possibly lesbian auto mechanic," he writes for the Washington Post.
  • Elizabeth Weitzman adds a few more reasons in the New York Daily News: "Ferrera and Gross are the most appealing pair I've seen in awhile," and unlike most wedding movies, with their "size-zero bodies and uptight bridezillas," this one has some honesty.

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