by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Confetti is an offbeat British mockumentary in the Christopher Guest fashion, combining laughs with sentiment and apparently employing quite a bit of improv.

The premise this time is that a British bridal magazine is looking for a new hook in its annual "wedding of the year" issue. After all, classic white dresses all look alike, and the traditional format is tired, so this year the magazine will reward the most original wedding with their June cover. The process begins with auditions. They advertise the concept and invite long lines of people to bring their ideas to an expert panel of judges, reminiscent of the first round of American Idol. From the various loony concepts, they settle on three:

  • A tennis theme
  • A Broadway musical theme
  • A naturist theme

These three ideas are to be developed by professional wedding planners, and all three weddings will be held together in a vast arena as a media event, with celebrity judges picking the grand prize winner.

Things seem to go poorly. The tennis partners are unsympathetic. The Broadway couple and their family don't seem to be very musical. Worst of all, the magazine's lawyers decide that the nudist wedding ain't gonna happen. No nudes in the arena. No nudes in the magazine.

In a manner somewhat reminiscent of Guest's Best in Show, things work out much better than planned. The weddings have their bright spots, and we learn to like the three couples much more than we thought we would (well two of them, anyway).

While the film is not a complete failure, it doesn't really work. There's probably a good lesson here for filmmakers. Unless your name is Guest, you should probably try to make your mockumentary either zany or emotionally resonant, but not both. It is no simple task to develop sympathetic characters while ridiculing them. I can't think of many people how have been able to employ Guest's techniques successfully and even the master himself had a recent misfire (For Your Consideration).

In addition to the structural problems inherent in the technique, Confetti just isn't very funny, so it plays out less like a comedy than an irritating drama with annoying characters. I found myself quite bored quite often.

I don't especially recommend it, not even for fans of comedies, not even for fans of Lord Guest's films.



Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Barely watchable comedy.


* widescreen anamorphic

* Three Alternate Endings - Choose Your Own Winner

* More Tears & Tantrums - Video Diary Entries




2 James Berardinelli (of 4 stars)
50 British Consensus  (of 100)
58 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
57 (of 100)


5.9 IMDB summary (of 10)
4.5 IMDB summary (of 10)


Box Office Mojo. It grossed a quarter of a million dollars in the United States in about 150 theaters. It did much better in the UK, grossing about four million dollars.





  • Robert Webb - full frontal and real nudity
  • Olivia Colman - full frontal and rear nudity
  • Various unnamed male and female extras also appear nude or topless, including  lower frontals from both sexes.

There is a ton of nudity from the naturist couple and their friends. Full frontal, full rear, male, female. Whatever you might see in a nudist camp. Unfortunately, the nudists do not look like professional actors and models, but like real nudists. In other words, they could pass as a random sampling of Wal-Mart customers. Olivia Colman, who plays the naked bride, has a fairly pretty face, but ... well ... why be mean?