HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

Film Review: Katherine McPhee Nearly Saves ‘You May Not Kiss the Bride’

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.0/5.0
Rating: 2.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Rob Hedden’s “You May Not Kiss the Bride” with Dave Annable, Katharine McPhee, and Rob Schneider is the kind of modest romantic comedy with wacky hijinks and likable central characters that one typically stumbles upon in a video store or when cycling through new On Demand options. Before that happens, the mediocre honeymoon from hell pic is getting a minor theatrical release in some markets, including Chicago, starting this weekend. The charisma and comic timing of the film’s female leads make up for some of the screenwriting rough patches but not enough to justify a trip to the theater.

Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) plays Bryan Lighthouse, the owner of a Chicago pet photography studio called Lighthouse Photography. Bryan’s assistant Tonya (Mena Suvari) is a troublemaker who happens to have an unhealthy crush on our affable hero. One day, Tonya accidentally allows a cat into the studio before a shoot with a dog has ended and, of course, a wacky pet fight montage ensues.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “You May Not Kiss the Bride” in our reviews section.

It turns out the traumatized cat belongs to the wife of a powerful Croatian mobster named Vadik Nikitin (Ken Davitian) who happens to be in a predicament. The bribe he tried to pay two INS agents (Kevin Dunn & Howard Bishop) just made them angry and so now Nikitin needs to convince someone to marry his daughter Masha (McPhee) so she doesn’t have to leave the country. Enter poor Bryan. To pay back for his photography snafu, Bryan will marry Masha, go on a honeymoon with her, and convince the world that they’re in love even though it’s just for a green card. After a year, Bryan and Masha will split and the lovely bride will marry Nikitin’s thug Brick (Vinnie Jones). And Brick will make sure that Bryan doesn’t even kiss the lovely Masha. Schneider and Tia Carrere play local color on the Hawaiian honeymoon while Kathy Bates cameos in a series of phone call scenes as Bryan’s wisecracking mother.

“You May Not Kiss the Bride” is an unusual movie in the way that Hedden struggles with tone throughout, going from sexually-charged humor with Suvari to physical hijinks with Schneider to a romantic comedy with the two leads, who, of course, inevitably fall in actual love to supplant their fake one. The writer/director of “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” can never get a grip on the material, presenting something that veers from sitcomish cliché to violent physical humor to generic romance and back again. The characters are little more than devices for the physical hijinks of the story and the lack of care that most audience members will have about Bryan and Masha means that all that’s left are the bad jokes and people falling down or hitting each other.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “You May Not Kiss the Bride” review.

“You May Not Kiss the Bride” stars Dave Annable, Katherine McPhee, Ken Davitian, Mena Suvari, Vinnie Jones, Rob Schneider, Tia Carrere, and Kathy Bates. It was written and directed by Rob Hedden. It will be released on September 21, 2012.

You May Not Kiss the Bride
You May Not Kiss the Bride
Photo credit: Freestyle Digital Media

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Hot stories on the Web


User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Kingpin Blu-ray

    CHICAGO – Before 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” there was 1996’s “Kingpin”, the Farrelly brothers bowling comedy that didn’t have the narrative intricacies of the Coen brothers’ classic, but had plenty of jokes about middle-aged men playing the sport. Today finds the release of “Kingpin” to Blu-ray for the first time, coming with only one new special feature.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    CHICAGO – With J.J. Abrams not involved with the creation of a third “Star Trek” movie, a compendium of his work within the franchise only seems fitting. Loaded with special features but only a few new ones, this disc set is a strong choice for those who don’t already have both entertaining blockbusters in their collection.

Advertisement


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
tracker