Love, Wedding, Marriage
|Love, Wedding, Marriage|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dermot Mulroney|
|Produced by||Michelle Chydzik Sowa|
|Written by||Anouska Chydzik
|Music by||Blake Neely|
|Editing by||Heather Persons|
|Studio||Chydzik Media Group
Voodoo Production Services
First Wedding Productions
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Box office||$1,926 (limited release)|
Ava (Mandy Moore) and Charlie (Kellan Lutz) are newlyweds that have been inspired by the 30 year marriage of Ava’s parents, Bradley (James Brolin) and Betty (Jane Seymour) when Ava decides to throw them a surprise anniversary party. But when Betty finds out about an affair Bradley had 25 years ago, she refuses to live with him which then forces Ava into moving her father into her house, without consulting Charlie. She promises her new husband that it will only be for a short while. Being a marriage counselor, Ava tries and starts to obsess over fixing her parents’ marriage so much that it starts to affect her relationship with Charlie. Their marriage starts to deteriorate when they stop having sex and becomes worse when their friend Gerber and new Polish wife, Kasia, whom he had met the night before, show up and he tells Ava about Charlie’s first marriage 10 years ago, that she never knew about. When she hears about it, she becomes upset and Charlie tries to explain that it was a long time ago and he was under the influence when it happened.
When Ava decides to send her parents to another therapist, the therapist suggests doing a rock climbing exercise to help build trust. One partner climbs while the other holds the rope for support. During the exercise, Ava's parents get into an argument and her father leaves the rope, leaving Betty suspended in air calling for help. Ava leaves her own rope to help her mother, leaving Charlie suspended without any support, which results in him falling and injuring his back and neck. When Ava tries to apologize, Charlie warns her that her distracted behavior is causing a increasing gulf between them.
Ava is still planning the anniversary party in secret when her mother tells her she’s leaving on a trip to Asia in 10 days for 6 months. She comes up with a plan to bring her parents together and enlists Charlie’s help to take her father out for a guys night. When Charlie and Bradley meet up with Gerber at a bar, the trio winds up at a strip club and spend the night becoming incredibly intoxicated. When they get home to find Ava with her mother, Bradley tells Betty that she can leave because he’s going to marry a hot, young girl from Europe, something he had heard Gerber say. Ava scolds Charlie for his behavior and ruining her plan which then leads to him complaining about their sex life.
When Ava’s sister Shelby (Jessica Szohr) takes Betty speed dating, Bradley is back at home with Ava when he takes a few sleeping pills and falls asleep. Ava flushes the rest of the pills down the toilet and calls 9-1-1 to make it look like a suicide. During that time, Betty has the realization that no man could ever replace Bradley and even more so when she finds out that he’s in the hospital. Charlie asks Ava about the number of pills Bradley had taken, and she admits that she had created the whole incident in an attempt to bring her parents together. Charlie yells at Ava for her manipulative behavior, and storms out of the hospital. When Ava gets home that night, she discovers that Charlie has left, leaving a note saying that he’s at Gerber’s. The next day, Ava goes to Charlie’s office to apologize, and asks him to come back home. He replies that “he can't answer that right now”. She invites him to her parents' 30th anniversary party, which is now back on, but he declines, saying that he isn't in the mood for celebrating. Upon hearing this, Ava becomes enraged and accuses Charlie of having an affair with his secretary, Adriana. He denies that there is an affair, questions her motives for marrying him, suggesting that perhaps she had only done so to boost her career and lend credibility to her marriage counseling business. Ava is stunned, and leaves.
The next day, Gerber kicks Charlie out because Kasia’s family comes to visit. When Charlie hears Gerber talk to his wife in Polish, and asks him about it, Gerber says that if you love someone and want to live a successful married life, you have to accept and respect their family as well. Charlie goes to find Ava who is at her parent’s party. They meet after Ava has the realization that it’s her own fault for the way their marriage is and wanted to apologize. Charlie redoes his marriage vows and Ava responds, "I do." Charlie suggests going back to the party, but Ava suggests they consummate their marriage instead.
- Mandy Moore as Ava
- Kellan Lutz as Charlie
- Jane Seymour as Betty
- James Brolin as Bradley
- Jessica Szohr as Shelby
- Michael Weston as Gerber
- Marta Żmuda Trzebiatowska as Kasia
- Richard Reid as Ian
- Christopher Lloyd as Dr. George
- Alexis Denisof as Lloyd
- Alyson Hannigan as Courtney
- Colleen Camp as Ethel
- Andrew Keegan as Jeramiah Stevens
- Gabrielle Shuff as Adrianna
- Joe Chrest as John
- Kim Vu as Amy
- Autumn Federici as Jessica
- Sarah Lieving as Rachel
- Julia Roberts as Ava's Therapist (voice)
Reviews for the film have been primarily negative. The Los Angeles Times called it "an emotional wreck of major proportions". Slant Magazine said it was "wooden and shallow". The Hollywood Reporter called it "a flat romantic comedy" [...] "that would have seemed insipid even in 1953". They added that Mandy Moore came across as a "high school student" and that "Lutz's dyed blond hair does nothing to encourage taking him seriously." The Village Voice said it was full of "half-hearted melodramatics and schmaltzy bromides". The New York Times said Kellan Lutz looks like a "Ken-doll husband," suggesting "more success in bench-pressing than grape-crushing." They added the film felt like "punishment for a crime you can’t remember committing".
The film currently holds a rare 0% on the Rotten Tomatoes review site based on 18 critic reviews, and a 26% approval rating among audience members (out of 1,364 ratings).
- "Love, Wedding, Marriage". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Betsy Sharkey, Movie Review: 'Love, Wedding, Marriage', The Los Angeles Times, June 03, 2011
- Kalvin Henely, Love, Wedding, Marriage, Slant Magazine, June 03, 2011
- Todd McCarthy, Love Wedding Marriage: Film Review, The Hollywood Reporter, 4/30/2011
- Nick Shager, Love, Wedding, Marriage: Oy, The Village Voice, June 01, 2011
- Jeanette Catsoulis, The Dos and Don’ts of ‘I Do’, The New York Times, June 2, 2011
- "Love Wedding Marriage". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-09-30.