Review | The Hateful Wedding – An unstable and poorly functioning comedy

the filmmaker Claire Scanlon already made several comedies for TV, participating in good series like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘ and ‘glow‘, in addition to directing other curious productions such as ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt🇧🇷 The director then tries, in a way, to repeat the same formula in this ‘The Hated of Marriage‘, which has as its biggest problem the lack of personality, clarity in what it wants to focus on and a bias, let’s say, more cinematographic to justify its existence.

The screenwriting duo Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneaux were tasked with transforming the eponymous book by Grant Ginder into an at least functional feature film, however it seems that they never manage to master the concept of the original idea and transpose the title to cinema. Thus delivering a dysfunctional plot, which tries to create tragicomic moments, but at the same time it assumes itself as a slapstick that bets on shallow novels and silly jokes, we don’t know for sure what it’s focusing on.

In the plot, Alice (Kristen Bell) and Paul (Ben Platt) are brothers who no longer want contact with their mother, Donna (Allison Janney), but both are called to a family reunion when the matriarch’s eldest daughter, Eloise (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), is getting married in London, close to her father and mother’s ex-boyfriend. Alice and Paul aren’t big fans of their half-sister, however they agree to attend, carrying all their resentment and discomfort for being there, in addition to experiencing personal dilemmas.

Alice, who has had a failed relationship with her boss (who is married), finds a friendly face in her traveling partner, Dennis (Dustin Mulligan🇧🇷 Paul travels with his boyfriend, Dominic (Karan Soni), who always looks for the most daring sexual adventures, in order to heat up the relationship.

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Donna, on the other hand, is reunited with Henrique (Isaac De Bankole), her ex-boyfriend, bringing back old feelings of the man who broke her heart at another time. In this context, while Eloise tries to get married, everyone seems to be looking for some meaning in their lives, either with frivolous romances or breathing new air.

Thus, ‘The Hated of Marriage‘ spends most of his time, especially in his early acts, trying to understand his characters’ problems. Alice is perhaps the most complicated of the group, trying to bring normalcy to her life, but also getting involved in conflicting situations, such as having sex with her boss who, as we said, is already married.

Alice then drowns her sorrows in drink and never has time for her mother, which also happens to Paul, who works at the therapy center and begins to feel disinterest on the part of his boyfriend. That’s because Dominic’s sexual cravings are never satisfied, making the subject nervous, in addition to daily contact with his mother making things worse. For Donna, who is now a widow, the complicated situation makes her have a reunion with Henrique, who is still elegant and charming.

There are many points presented and several confusions that need to be resolved, but some wrong decisions make the film somewhat uninteresting, because the feature never has an engaging narrative. The director tries to make a comedy with an adult character, but it is not very effective, precisely because it replaces some traditional comic scenes with swear words or heavier situations, in order to appear more mature.

It also tries to flirt with English humor, but ends up becoming exaggerated by bringing out of place scenes, like the dinner where we see scenes of vomiting and embarrassment worthy of Walcyr Carrasco🇧🇷 🇧🇷The Hated of Marriage‘ tries to approach light moments and other more conflicting ones, but ends up not doing well in both intentions. It bets on silly jokes, but at the same time addresses a case in which a character is emotionally destroyed by a miscarriage. It makes humor with vomit and also wants to be serious about human relationships.

The cast even strives to make the thing work as it should, but the feature is completely unstable and hardly hits or works, even for its target audience. Perhaps Claire Scanlon do better doing the good acidic comedies already present in his curriculum, than this emotional and unbalanced bet.

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