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‘Father of the Bride’ and More Movies to Stream During Wedding Season

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‘Father of the Bride’ and More Movies to Stream During Wedding Season

It’s that time of year again. Summer wedding season is upon us and the endless string of busy weekends filled with drunken speeches, tearful vows, and wardrobe emergencies can finally begin. With all of its drama and passion, weddings have always been a fertile ground for writers and directors to plumb. Cinematically, they represent hopeful beginnings and are often used to exacerbate already fraught family dynamics. In other words, it’s hard to find a wedding movie that isn’t a funny and sad portrait of a couple or a family. For the best wedding movies, Collider has your back with a list of some of the greatest “I dos” in movie history.



Related:’Father of the Bride’ Remake Becomes Most-Watched Original Movie at HBO Max

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When the newest version of Father of the Bride came out, it was clear it was going to be a hit. With a cast that includes the likes of Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, this movie brought the classic broad comedy of the previous two versions, but also explored Latino family dynamics that had not been given the spotlight in the past. However, we could not have known just how successful it would be. Coming out at the beginning of the summer, everyone has Father of the Bride fever and the film has attracted the largest audience of any HBO Max movie that has streamed exclusively on the platform. Fans of the original will find something familiar to love, and others will love its refreshingly odd and beautiful family dynamic.

This musical made waves on Broadway and years later broke records at the box office. For the very few who are unfamiliar with the story, Mamma Mia follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a 20-year-old girl on the brink of getting married in a quaint Greek island hotel owned by her single mother, Donna (Meryl Streep). When she finds her mother’s old diary from the summer she was conceived, she decides to invite her three possible fathers to the wedding so one of them can give her away. All told through the infectious and beautiful songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia may not be a high art masterpiece, but it will have you singing along and waiting with bated breath as the story takes crazy twists and turns.

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Adam Sandler was never as charming and sweet as he was in The Wedding Singer. In his first romantic comedy collaboration with Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer centers around Robbie (Sandler), a local rock star turned wedding singer, whose fiancé leaves him on the day of his wedding. His world gets turned upside down when he meets the bubbly and sweet Julia (Barrymore), a waitress who is engaged to another man. Now the Barrymore-Sandler collaboration is classic, but this film cemented them as not just stars with comedic talent, but actors with great chemistry. It’s a beautifully earnest and hilarious movie that gave us a more mature Barrymore and a more sensitive Sandler.

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

This drama gives a cinéma vérité look at family dynamics during weddings and also showed the world that Anne Hathaway deserved to be considered a serious actress. Rachel Getting Married follows Kym (Hathaway), a woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years as she returns home for her sister’s wedding. Veteran director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) delivers a story that is so raw, that it’s sometimes hard to watch. We sympathize with Kym as her family and friends try to police her, and yet we can’t stand her erratic and ill-conceived actions. This movie does what all wedding movies should do. It provides a complicated portrait of a family that only gets exaggerated by such a huge and life-changing event.

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Destination Wedding (2018)

Since Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves were some of the most bankable stars of the 1990s who also showed they were viable romantic leads and critical darlings, it’s crazy to imagine that they had not previously been cast in a romantic comedy together. Destination Wedding follows two people who meet on a flight and come to find the other utterly obnoxious. When they realize they are going to the same destination wedding in Paso Robles, they end up stuck with each other the entire weekend. You may be used to seeing Reeves and Ryder in states of utter despair or evading supernatural terrors, but this movie showcases their biting wit and charm in the best way. Their innate likability makes even these very difficult characters, ones you can root for.

This is one of the best movies about the American Dream and immigrant heritage. This movie may be called My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but it could easily be Italian, Latino, or Asian because it speaks to every first-generation kid’s anxieties and joys. The movie centers on Toula (Nia Vardalos), the black sheep daughter of Greek immigrants who feels like a burden to her parents as she is not married to a nice, Greek boy. When she falls for a WASP high school English teacher, Ian (John Corbett) she has to fight for her independence as well as let go of her embarrassment over her family’s eccentricities. It’s an endlessly quotable movie that will make you proud of your own family’s strange traditions or at the very least, make you wish you were Greek.

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

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Many are familiar with Ang Lee’s latest works from kung fu masterpieces like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as sad and tender films like Brokeback Mountain, but his early career was marked by films that were much less intense and much funnier. The Wedding Banquet begins when Wai Tung, a gay Taiwanese man settled in New York, decides to placate his traditional parents by marrying his Chinese tenant Wei-Wei who is in need of a green card. To his surprise, his parents won’t let him get a simple ceremony and travel to America to put together a real wedding. As a part of Ang Lee’s early “Father Knows Best” trilogy, the movie infuses traditional Confucian ideals with a new world sensibility. It’s an extremely enjoyable film about how lies can spin out of control and the strange ways we choose to show our love.

Every Christmas season, millions of viewers tune into the Richard Curtis classic, Love Actually, for its heart as well as Hugh Grant’s clumsy charm. However, when it comes time for wedding season, you have to turn to the film that launched Grant and Curtis’ careers. Four Weddings and a Funeral centers around a group of single friends during that time in everyone’s life where almost every weekend is booked with weddings. The protagonist, Charles (Grant) is cynical and hopeless when it comes to his own romantic life until he meets Carrie (Andie MacDowell), a vibrant and exotic American woman. Because of the film’s mix of poignant sentimentality and biting humor, this is the perfect movie for every romantic dressed up as a cynic.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

It’s safe to say, the greatest subgenre of the romantic comedy is “Julia Roberts tries to sabotage a wedding.” With films like Runaway Bride and the upcoming Ticket to Paradise, Julia Roberts has blown audiences away, but the best of this subgenre is definitely My Best Friend’s Wedding. The film begins when successful food critic Jules (Roberts) receives a call from lifelong friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) with whom she previously had a pact to get married if they were still single at 28 years old. When he tells her he’s getting married, she decides to sabotage the wedding through wild antics and deceptions involving her gay best friend, George (Rupert Everett). As one of the few movies about love and marriage featuring an antihero, it constantly subverts romantic expectations and gives us a fuller, more understanding portrait of the “gay best friend”.

As the movie that gave the world this decade’s most criminally underrated actress, Toni Collette, this Australian classic is an ode to the comic relief girls of romantic comedies. Muriel’s Wedding follows Muriel (Colette), a socially awkward ABBA-obsessed girl whose only dream has ever been to get married. When she meets Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), a vibrant and confident former classmate, and moves to glamorous Sydney, her life begins to change, and she is forced to come face to face with the ugly side of her dreams. Muriel’s Wedding is both darker and funnier than you think it is, a unique quality for any film. For an inspirational wedding movie that shows us, there’s more to life than saying “I do”, this is the film to see.

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For a wedding movie that focuses less on the love between the bride and groom and instead on the platonic love triangle between a bride and her friends, Bridesmaids is the perfect option. Co-written by and starring SNL legend, Kristen Wiig, the movie follows Annie (Wiig), a struggling baker who is forced to deal with a series of misfortunes when her lifelong best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks her to serve as her maid of honor. Annie is confronted with food poisoning, bumpy plane rides, and most of all, Helen (Rose Byrne), another bridesmaid aggressively vying for Lillian’s love and attention. The fact that this wedding movie prizes friendship over romance and features a cast of greats like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, makes this movie a rare gem.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

Samaritan

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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