Our Family Wedding
|Our Family Wedding|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rick Famuyiwa|
|Produced by||Edward Saxon|
|Story by||Wayne Conley|
|Editing by||Dirk Westervelt|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Our Family Wedding is a romantic comedy film starring Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Lance Gross, Shannyn Sossamon, Charlie Murphy and Regina King. It received its wide release on March 12, 2010.
Marcus Boyd (Lance Gross), a young African-American, has recently graduated from Columbia Medical School and is headed to Laos for a year to work with Doctors Without Borders. Unbeknownst to their respective parents, Marcus and his fiance Lucia Ramirez (America Ferrera), who is Mexican-American, have been living together and would like to get married before they both head off to Laos together.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Marcus' father Brad (Forest Whittaker) is coming out of a meeting when he sees his car being towed by Miguel (Carlos Mencia), who happens to be Lucia's father. Brad tries unsuccessfully to halt the tow by holding on to the door of his car. Both Miguel and Brad hurl various racially-based insults at one another. Brad and Miguel meet later that evening and discover that they will soon be in-laws. Both Marcus' and Lucia's family try to out do one another to make the wedding more African-American or Mexican-American, with comedic results.
Lucia has also not told her parents that she recently dropped out of Columbia Law School to volunteer teach at a charter school catering to recent immigrants. This leads Miguel to believe that she will be supporting Marcus as he volunteers as a doctor without pay. When Miguel tells Marcus that he disapproves of him living off his daughter, Lucia says nothing. Marcus feels abandoned and ultimately calls off the wedding.
Lucia's sister Isabel (Anjelah Johnson), who disapproved of her sister getting married, makes Lucia and the rest of the family realize that Marcus makes Lucia happy and that race should not matter. Lucia goes to Marcus, they reconcile, and they end up having a wedding that embraces both African and Mexican customs.
- Forest Whitaker as Bradford Boyd
- America Ferrera as Lucia Ramirez
- Lance Gross as Marcus Boyd
- Carlos Mencia as Miguel Ramirez
- Regina King as Angela Boyd
- Diana Maria Riva as Sonia Ramirez
- Anjelah Johnson as Isabel Ramirez
- Shannyn Sossamon as Ashley McPhee
- Fred Armisen as Philip Gusto
- Charlie Murphy as T.J.
- Harry Shum Jr. as Harry (as Harry Shum)
Our Family Wedding opened at number six, grossing a little over $7.6 million. At the end of its theatrical run, the movie has collected $20,712,308 worldwide.
The film has received generally negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a score of 39% "generally unfavorable" at the review aggregator site Metacritic, and a "Rotten" score of 13% at Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes consensus is "Our Family Wedding is a mirthless, contrived affair that does little with its promising premise and talented cast."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two stars out of four, describing it as "a pleasant but inconsequential comedy, awkward for the actors, and contrived from beginning to end." He praised the performances of Ferrera and Gross. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C-.
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- Weekend Box Office Results for March 12-14, 2010. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
- Our Family Wedding Reviews, Ratings, Credits. Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
- Our Family Wedding Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
- Our Family Wedding :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-12-02.