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Our Family Wedding (2 stars)

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Our Family Wedding

(12A) 102min

The comic potentialities of an African-American/Mexican marriage are explored with variable results in Rick Famuyima’s glossy rom-com, which makes a few pertinent points about race and family relationships before regressing into cringeworthy slapstick.

Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Lance Gross play Lucia and Marcus, two lovers who jet into LA to announce their engagement at a dinner for their future in-laws. By a contrived co-incidence their fathers, garage-owner Miguel (Carlos Mencia) and playboy radio presenter Brad (Forest Whitaker), have just been involved in a parking dispute, and soon battle lines are being drawn alongside the wedding plans.

Our Family Wedding has a useful, inclusive message about tolerance and equality between different sexes and races, but unfortunately attempts to raise laughs with considerably less sophisticated set-pieces; three scenes in which family members push cream cakes into each other’s faces are bad enough, but a scene in which recent Oscar nominee Whitaker has his leg humped by a randy goat accidentally hopped up on his Viagra supply firmly relegates Our Family Wedding into the registry office.

General release from Fri 14 May.

Our Family Wedding

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
  • Cast: Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, Shannyn Sossamon, Lance Gross

The comic potentialities of an African-American/Mexican marriage are explored with variable results in this glossy rom-com, which makes a few pertinent points about race and family relationships before regressing into cringe-worthy slapstick.

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