Polish Wedding

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Polish Wedding
Film poster
Directed byTheresa Connelly
Written byTheresa Connelly
Produced byNick Wechsler
CinematographyGuy Dufaux
Edited by
  • Curtiss Clayton
  • Suzanne Fenn
Music byLuis Bacalov
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • July 17, 1998 (1998-07-17)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$692,588[1]

Polish Wedding is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theresa Connelly. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 1998 and Berlin International Film Festival on February 12. It was released in the U.S. on July 17.

It takes place within the then Polish American community of Hamtramck, Michigan – the childhood home of director Theresa Connelly – at some time between the 1950s and 1970s. The interior of the family's home was shot in a local house on Wyandotte Street in Hamtramck. The St. Florian Church was used as a backdrop. Virtually all characters are Polish Americans, though the actors playing them are mostly of other ethnic origins. Kristen Bell appears in an uncredited role, making this her film debut.


Jadzia is the matriarch of a family of five children, four sons and a daughter. The household also includes the eldest son Ziggy's wife Sofie– a Syrian-American whom Jadzia calls a Gypsy and who also works with Jadzia as a cleaner – and their infant child.

Jadzia is “somewhat” happily married to the baker Bolek, who she married after she got pregnant at 15. She also is having a long-term relationship with Roman, who she secretly sees. Her daughter Hala is a dropout, so is expected to help around the house.

The flirtatious Hala catches the eye of neighborhood cop Russell Schuster, who knows her middle brothers, Kaz and Witek. He helps them on the house so he can see her. That evening, equally attracted to each other, they make love, though Russell has second thoughts. At church on Sunday, Russell has difficulty keeping his eyes off Hala. After the service, they kiss on the church's steps.

When Jadzia arrives home late, she finds her key doesn't work in the back door. Starting to sneak in through a basement window she bumps into Hala, who's sneaking out. Before Jadzia can hit her, she blurts out to not hurt her baby.

The next day, Hala is at their Catholic church, as the priest had chosen her for a special activity, due to her supposed purity. Jadzia confronts her, so she leaves.

Jadzia and Sofie make Hala put on Sofie's wedding dress to pressure Russell into marrying her. She gets him to take her out on his motorcycle, they have sex again, but he refuses to marry her. When Hala sneaks into the basement window, Bolek sees and follows close behind. They have cigs with Kris, then Bolek goes out the window, sees Jadzia and follows her. She goes to Roman's, and Bolek is devastated to see her with him.

After making love, Roman surprises Jadzia with two tickets to Paris, wanting to run off there with her. She refuses due to her familial responsibilities, and when he asks her why she's with him she leaves. Marching home at dawn, Jadzia rallies her sons to go with her to the Schusters' and demand Russell take responsibility for impregnating Hala. Kris gets Bolek to help, but he quickly directs his anger from Russell towards Jadzia.

Bolek chases Jadzia home, almost hits her, then locks the door behind him. That night they make up by making love. In the morning, the whole family is in the kitchen when Jadzia and Bolek seemingly have a fight, but Hala finds them happily together in the pantry.

The next day, at the Polish-American Catholic church ceremony, a youth calls out to say that Hala is hardly an example of virginal purity as she's single and pregnant. The priest is about to strike her when Jadzia stops him.

One year later, Hala and Russell are at her Polish family home, together happily with their baby.



On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 42% based on reviews from 36 critics.[2]

Home media[edit]

The region 1 DVD was released March 16, 1999.


  1. ^ "Polish Wedding". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Polish Wedding (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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