My movie habits have been mostly animated these days. I can’t even think of the last grownup movie I saw. Does Michael Jackson’s This Is It count?
The grownup movie drought ended when I saw Our Family Wedding. First, it’s a wedding movie. I have a thing for romantic comedy. Second, there are no plot surprises. Everyone knows there will be a wedding. Third, it’s about race. Those wanting to hear jokes about a host of racial stereotypes will not be disappointed.
Our Family Wedding is more than a romantic comedy about race. I loved the cast. I liked seeing so many people of color on the big screen, and I appreciated that the lead male character was raised by his father. I also loved the music. We’ll see where that goes, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I hear some of those tracks on jazz radio stations. There were plenty of subplots about relationships, family, love, trust — all the biggies, and I enjoyed seeing how the screenplay delivered on its promise. For example, there are a few scenes where the family imagines what could happen if they seat certain family members together at the reception. Again, it played on stereotypes, but I have to admit I had similar visions when I was planning the seating chart.
The bottom line is I enjoyed myself. Check out the trailer above and see what you think.