You Again (2 stars)

You Again

(U) 105min

Wedding chaos comedies are a Hollywood staple and they get a middling reworking in Andy Fickman’s You Again, with just enough catfights and frocks to appeal to the 27 Dresses crowd.

Back in 2002, poor high school loser Marni (Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Kristen Bell) is constantly in the shadow of cheerleading captain JJ (Odette Yustman). Eight years later, Marni is a successful businesswoman, horrified to find that her older brother Will (James Volk) is getting married to her old enemy. Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) initially tries to calm things with a ‘forgive and forget’ philosophy quickly abandoned when JJ’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) shows up. Ramona was Gail’s own nemesis at high school, so Marni sets out to sabotage the wedding.

Fickman’s The Game Plan demonstrated a gift for lowbrow slapstick well suited to the Disney/Touchstone template. But first time writer Moe Jelline’s script never gets deeper than slapstick pratfalls, and You Again fizzles into mediocrity despite a slew of amusing cameos, including Patrick Duffy, Catherine Bach, Cloris Leachman, wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and a familiar comic turn from Betty White as Marni’s granny.

General release from Fri 12 Nov.

You Again

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • U
  • Directed by: Andy Fickman
  • Written by: Moe Jelline
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Betty White

Another in the line of wedding-related comedies in which Marni (Bell) realises her brother is marrying her high school nemesis, JJ (Yustman). Sadly the film fizzles into mediocrity as the script fails to move past lowbrow slapstick, despite a number of amusing cameos.

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