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An improvised mockumentary comedy that sees three couples attempt to win a magazine competition to find the 'Most Original Wedding of the Year'. After...

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published 11/05/2006 | fabulous_girl
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"***Weddings of the Century***"

Ah, the wonder of Wednesday nights, its midweek, only two days left 'til the weekend, and if you're on Orange, you can go to the cinema for half price. And so, this Wednesday that's exactly what I did. I met my buddy S at Leicester Square again and ran to Pret, snuck out sarnies into the cinema in our bags and sat down to watch the latest Brit-flick, Confetti.

The film is about Confetti, a top bridal magazine who are holding a competition. The prize: a brand new home (yet to be built, but the artist's impression is all there), and the task: to have the most original wedding. Antoni (Jimmy Carr) and his long-suffering assistant, A.K.A the one that does the work, Vivien (Felicity Montagu) hold interviews for their top three couples, and then the movie, filmed as a documentary follows the progress of the 3 couples up to their big day, and of course, the grand finale itself.

The couples are:
-Sam and Matt - a sweet, kind of mousy couple with a musical themed wedding.
-Isabelle and Josef - a tennis-playing, overly competitive duo with a tennis themed wedding
-Joanna and Michael- a nudist couple (well, she is only naked with him, he's been in the nuddy his whole life) who want a similarly themed wedding. Thing is, the magazine bosses want them clothed for their naturist wedding. Hmmmm

Watch the hilarity unfold as the gay wedding planners Archie and Gregory try and get round the bickering couples, dealing with Sam's interfering mother and sister, Josef's jealousy over Jesus (yes, really) the hunky tennis coach and he and Isabelle's extreme legngths to win the competition, along with Joanna's desire to please her mother and marry fully-clothed.

The film was utterly hilarious. I'm no movie expert or actress but I was really impressed because all dialogue was entirely improvised by the cast, all comedy actors from Great British Telly and I could never be that funny and at the same time, coherent, making it all up on the spot like that. The camp Gregory was really funny, and really scarily similar to a colleague of mine, Jessica Stevenson as dowdy Sam was just fantastic, as was her on-screen beau, Martin Freeman. There were cackles of laughter from all over the cinema throughout. The willies may have been a tad unnecessary but I'm immature, so it sure as hell made me laugh.

And of course the basic principle of wedding planning (and in fact, life) was there, do what makes YOU happy and be true to yourself, don't try and please your family and friends, and you don't always have to be the best.

***Cast etc***
Antoni - Jimmy Carr (Gameshows Eight and a Half Cats and Distraction)
Vivien - Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones' Diary-Perpetua)
Joanna - Olivia Colman (Peep Show, the original Bev from Bev and Kev ads!)
Michael - Robert Webb (Peep Show)
Josef - Stephen Mangan (Green Wing)
Isabelle - Meredith MacNeill (Peep Show, Man Stroke Woman)
Matt - Martin Freeman (the Office, Love Actually)
Sam - Jessica Stevenson (Spaced, According To Bex, Shaun of the Dead)
Sam's Mum - Alison Steadman (Fat Friends)
Snoopy - Marc Wootton (Nighty Night)
Counsellor - Julia Davis (Nighty Night)
Gregory - Jason Watkins
Archie - Vincent Franklin
Tennis Cooach - Jesus de Miguel
Registrar - Mark Heap (Green Wing)

Directed and 'written' by Debbie Issitt (Nasty Neighbours)

This film is a far cry from the usual slop that I review. Ok, so it's still about weddings, but guys, swallow your pride and go and see it, because unless you've had a lobotomy you will be laughing your socks off. I recommend this film to just about anyone except kiddies, because of all the swearing and full frontal nudity (It's 15 certificate). If you want a laugh, see this, if you want to be cheered up, see this. If you want to just see a great movie, see this.If you want to see MI3, go see MI3, get it out of your system, then go see this.

N.B. As I saw this at the cinema, this is a film only review as marked

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  • bubblegum_princess published 31/05/2006
    Loved this film - expected it to be good from the amazing cast, but somehow I didn't want to expect too much as the improv thing can be so hit and miss. But it was great!
  • pdoyle007 published 20/05/2006
    great review, I've been told this film is excellent
  • missy0303 published 17/05/2006
    I've been wanting to see this since it came out.....but think I'll wait for the dvd to come out as I hate paying the prices in cinemas these days...... when for a few quid more you can own the dvd and watch it multiple times!!!
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An improvised mockumentary comedy that sees three couples attempt to win a magazine competition to find the 'Most Original Wedding of the Year'. After the wedding competition is set up by the owner of Confetti magazine - played by the comedian Jimmy Carr, three couples are chosen to compete in the finals and the film charts their progress as they attempt to win their dream marriage. Couple one--comprised of Martin Freeman (THE OFFICE) and Jessica Stevenson (SPACED)--intend to have a musical wedding. Couple two--comprised of the PEEPSHOW duo Robert Webb and Olivia Coleman--are nudists. The third couple of Stephen Mangan (GREEN WING) and Meredith MacNeill (MAN STROKE WOMAN) are obsessed with tennis. This entertaining comedy is notable for its mockumentary style and use of improvised dialogue, a device used by Christopher Guest in the films THIS IS SPINAL TAP and BEST IN SHOW. The film features appearances by several actors familiar from British comedies, such as Felicity Montagu (I'M ALAN PARTRIDGE) and Julia Davis (NIGHTY NIGHT). This frequently amusing, breezy film is a romantic comedy that manages to bring new dimensions to the genre and the use of improvised dialogue adds a freshness to it. Relying on sharp character humour, CONFETTI manages to combine its spoof documentary style and use of a traditional British romantic comedy narrative successfully.

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