Love Wedding Marriage is a safe film with predictable performances and a story plucked out of a heap of rejected Lifetime romance-of-the-week TV movies. I’ll give Mandy Moore some credit as she still has charm but it’s not nearly enough to overcome the subpar script. The Blu-ray only contains a trailer and the audio/video transfers are alright but nothing special.
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance
IFC | PG13 – 90 min. – $29.99 | September 13, 2011
Directed by: Dermot Mulroney
Writer(s): Caprice Crane & Anouska Chydzik Bryson (written by)
Cast: Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, James Brolin, Jane Seymour, Christopher Lloyd
Theatrical Release Date: June 3, 2011 (limited)
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 2.25/5
Plot: Ava (MANY MOORE) is a newlywed who has it all: a successful career as a top marriage counselor, a hot husband (KELLAN LUTZ) and the answers to everything. But when she finds out that her parents (JANE SEYMOUR and JAMES BROLIN) are getting a divorce and her hubby has neglected to mention his first wife, Ava’s perfect world begins to crumble. Is true love little more than a fairy tale or is marriage really just an institution for the committed?
Love Wedding Marriage is nothing more than a predictable film with predictable characters and predictable performances. It’s not a bad film mind you and I suppose well directed by actor Dermot Mulroney marking his directorial debut, but this is the kind of movie you would see air on Lifetime. The writing by Caprice Crane (“90210”, “Melrose Place”) and Anouska Chydzik (debut) is at best lazy with a story that never got off the ground. All I can say: skip this movie.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5
We only get the trailer.
VIDEO – 3.75/5
The film comes with a good, if not unexceptional, 1080p HD transfer and presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio. The picture quality is pretty good with well defined objects and a fine color array that doesn’t go to either extreme.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 meanwhile is acceptable but you don’t really need much since most of the film is dialogue driven with the occasional score giving the track some depth. Otherwise, I’d say this is OK but nothing special.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Love Wedding Marriage is a safe film with predictable performances and a story plucked out of a heap of rejected Lifetime romance-of-the-week TV movies. I’ll give Mandy Moore some credit as she still has charm but it’s not nearly enough to overcome the subpar script. The Blu-ray only contains a trailer and the audio/video transfers are alright, though.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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