A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride

Title: A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride
Where: Lifetime Movie Club (Free trial via Amazon.com)
Rating: TV-PG
Release Type: TV

Luke Perry and JoAnna Garcia Swisher in A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride (2008)
Plot (from IMDB): A wedding planner looks to persuade her mother not to marry a man she’s only known for a brief period of time, until an unexpected development forces her to re-examine her feelings.

Score:
Scoring Notes:generally a +5 is the highest I will give a component. A -5 is the lowest. If it goes beyond that, then you know I am quite serious

Cast:
+5 for Joanna Garcia (Swisher) (She’s so adorable in everything I’ve seen her do)
+5 for casting both Jason Priestley and Luke Perry in the same movie
+10 for Kenneth Walsh. I now know his name. He’s a character actor and has been in *everything* Canadian and he was so absolutely adorable and charming in this movie!
-1 for Lucas Bryant. He’s *awesome* in Haven but was so blah here.
-2 for Lucas Bryant’s hair. It was *awful*
+5 for Chantal Perron. I’d never heard of her before but despite being a secondary character, she completely stole her scenes.

Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc):
+5 for some seriously hilarious lines
+5 for excellent direction throughout the movie
-2 for these really strange scene transitions that deserve a certain Ian Malcolm quote.
-1 for the generic, cliche’, annoying soundtrack

Seriously ya’ll; the cast, writer and director made this movie. I really don’t know what the rest of the production staff were doing.

Other:
+1 for Family Friendliness. It’s rated TV-PG; and while it is physically quite clean there are some lines and some world view statements that would make some parents of littles uncomfortable. Especially with how randy Charlie and Rose are (the older couple) together.

+1 for diversity; the main romantic pairing is an older couple, which I find to be incredible rare.

+5 for the quote “Oh, I get the picture. He’s attractive, and rich, and crazy about your mom. What is that woman thinking?”

+5 for the quote “I could take a nap on his lips.” (That line was so absurd I cracked up).

+3 for paraphrased quote, “I wanted to marry him because his last name was Dish. So I’d be Trish Dish for the rest of my life”

-5 for several misogynistic moments through the movie including: 1) The mother is expected to give up *her* business & life to move to the fiance’s home town [Which yes, is a valid life choice, but it was portrayed as if she had to do it, rather than that they decided that was the best course of action – especially in light of other events in the film]. 2) “What do you girls do?” asked of two adult women, one of whom is older than the person asking.

-5 for the way the Roxanne’s (the daughter) romance worked out. (It was really rather weird in the end).

+5 because I’d watch it again.

Total Score: 49

Commentary: I was really enjoying the movie, including the reverse parent-trapping that ultimately led to character growth and then in the last couple of minutes it just became *weird*. I’m looking forward to watching it again in case I missed something. I would recommend it due to its light-hearted, funny nature.

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