Overall Impression — Yay!  Another dysfunctional family wedding movie.


Who’s your main character? — Kym.

What’s she trying to accomplish? — Professional: be a good guest at her sister’s wedding; Personal: deal with her issues while forming a new relationship with a new boyfriend; Private: deal with the ghost from her past of the car accident that killed her younger brother.

Who’s trying to stop her? — Her own demons, mostly.

What happens if she fails? — She ruins her sister’s wedding.


Orphan — Kym is just out of rehab and arrives as a person semi-non-grata at her sisters wedding.

Wanderer — She tries to figure out how to be a good sister and good guest, ultimately needing to learn that her sister’s wedding is NOT about her issues.

Warrior — When she can’t get the acceptance she craves, she becomes more erratic, eventually wrecking her father’s car.

Martyr — Kym gives up nothing, however her sister seems to kinda, sorta, accept Kym for who she is.  I think.


A cousin to MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, one of the first films I reviewed here .  Sadly, the same comment I wrote then holds true now: “Another great cast squandered with self-indulgent storytelling.   I’m not sure for whom this movie was made, but unpleasant characters running around saying and doing unpleasant things seems to me like something that would appeal to only a small handful of potential audience members. “

This is a movie which is made by a great director and with a performance by Anne Hathaway that is heralded by people who herald things as being Oscar worthy.  Whether it is or it isn’t, I can’t say.  All I know is that $10 million dollars in domestic ticket sales after 3 months of general release can’t be all wrong…if you know what I mean.

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  1. André van Haren January 4, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    Thanks for giving the 3 Problems, Jeff! Really helps me to see the whole picture. Are you also going to have a look at great films from the past or only the new ones? (Indy 1,2,3 for example… or other classics).


  2. Jon Mills August 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Hi Jeff, great stuff. I always refer to your book every time i write a new story.

    I would love to see you tackle a few more Rom-Com movies, coming of age love stories, or regular romance films.

    When it comes to action, it kind of seems easy to find the villain, and have a strong reason that the character is trying to accomplish ( stop something blowing up, revenge, get the kidnapped girl etc )

    But love stories seem to be a tough one. In many cases, the villain seems to be either a father, the main character, or a cliched ex boyfriend, and the goal to accomplish tends to be difficult to define. Also matryr tends t be tricky to define, usually ends up being one of the people will give up the other.

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