Last Wedding (2001) from Tuna
|Last Wedding (2001) is a Canadian film
studying the deterioration of three marriages. Frida Betrani and
Benjamin Ratner are to be married after knowing each other for 6 months.
She is supposed to be a country singer, and he is a manager at a siding
sales company. They are clearly in lust, but nobody thinks they are
ready for marriage except them. They turn out to be monumentally
incompatible. Vincent Gale is an architect with strong retro views on
what should be done to preserve architectural styles and the flavor of a
city. Molly Parker is about to graduate, and wants a job designing
buildings, and making lots of money. It is clear even at the beginning
that the two are headed for conflicts. Tom Scholte is a college
literature professor, who is no longer fascinated by his conservative
librarian wife, Nancy Sivak. All six are friends, living in Vancouver.
Frida Betrani shows her breasts while getting
dressed for the wedding
shows her breasts and possibly pubes in a sex scene in an alley
behind a dumpster.
|Betrani turns out to be a dismal singer,
not very bright, really pushy, a slob, and spends all day every day
watching Soaps. It is clear this is going to be a short marriage. The
job disagreements between Gale and Parker drive them apart after she
joins a firm that represents everything he is against. Sholte has an
affair with a student, Marya Delver which causes his break-up.
The film is technically excellent. It is a fresh look
at the battle of the sexes, which deserves credit, and has more humor
than the average character-driven drama.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, I
think the romantic comedy crowd, the character driven drama
folks, and those interested in relationships will all enjoy
this, so the proper score is probably B-.
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