PETTY CONFETTI (Debbie Isitt). 90 minutes. Opens Friday (September 22). For venues and times, see Movies, page 105. Rating: NN Rating: NNNNN
Weddings are ripe for satire. From over-the-top planners to manic bridezillas, from commitment-phobe grooms to sure-to-be feuding in-laws, the right mind can mine comedy gold.
Unfortunately, British writer/director Debbie Isitt dug too deep, unearthing nothing funny and instead exposing the buried resentment, anger and sadness that can also mark a couple's special day.
In mockumentary style à la the great Christopher Guest, Isitt follows a bridal magazine that's trying to pick the most original wedding of the year. The contenders include a tennis team, a Broadway couple and two nudists, all being helped by well-intentioned effete couple Archie and Gregory. Let the clichés begin.
The director did get one thing right, packing her film with the best British comedians, notably Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Shaun Of The Dead) and TV's Stephen Mangan. But as talented as they are, using entirely improvised dialogue exacerbates her problem of uneven tone.
Isitt gets bored with some characters, or just doesn't know what to do with them, forces us to sit through three over-the-top ceremonies and reveals little that we wouldn't pick up from an average reality TV episode. It's hard to imagine you could make such a boring film when two of the characters are completely nude.
There's nothing to celebrate here.