Friday 18 June 2010

Our Family Wedding review

Our Family Wedding (12A, 103 mins)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Right now, in South Africa, the world is being shown that what once seemed impossible can be made attainable and the spectre of racism can be overcome. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, they're still making films where a character faints at the sight of a black person. That’s the low point among many dreadful moments of this rancid little comedy that pretends it’s only about racist people but is actually rotten to the core. Perpetuating stereotypes from the off, two men, one black (Forest Whitaker) and one Hispanic (Carlos Mencia) have an altercation when the latter tows the former’s car. Then they discover that their respective son and daughter (Lance Gross and Ugly Betty’s America Ferrara) are marrying each other, leading to wedding planning hijinks, moronic slapstick incidents and hateful characters revealing all sorts of bigotry, before asking us to root for them during a sentimental finale. Loathsome.

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