The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.
From the same director
Keanu Reeves (Frank), Winona Ryder (Lindsay), Dj Dallenbach (Bride), Greg Lucey (Frank's Stepfather), Ted Dubost (Groom), D. Rosh Wright (Frank's Mother), Donna Lynn Jones (Frank's Stepfather's Girlfriend), Michael Mogull (Wedding Officiant), Scott Andrews (Tenor Sax Player), Curt Dubost (Father of the Bride), Sean Sullivan (Conga Drum Kit Player), James Gallardo (Upright Double Bass Player)
Victor Levin (written by)
Elizabeth Dell (producer (produced by)), David Dinerstein (executive producer), Pam Dixon (co-producer), Babak Eftekhari (associate producer), Cassian Elwes (executive producer), Wayne Marc Godfrey (executive producer), James Harris (executive producer), Robert Jones (producer), Mark Lane (executive producer), Arnaud Lannic (associate producer)...
I found "Destination Wedding" to be reminiscent of the Cary Grant / Irene Dunne movie,"The Awful Truth." In some ways, it also has elements of "The African Queen" and a bit of "Sideways" to boot.
Let's face it -- If two people were immediately smitten with one another and fell into a state of contentment and romantic bliss, that would be simply lovely for the happy couple, but it would be boring to watch. They see each other from across the room. They develop cartoon heart-eyes, They meet in the middle of the dance floor and waltz off into the sunset. The End. Good for them. Yawn.
Hostility, or at least annoyance, are much more likely to produce crackling dialogue and sparkling wit. Not to mention the fact that it is much more relatable in this era of ghosting, catfishing, and unrequested dicque pix.
Frank (Keanu) is the product of a lifetime of disappointment and has emotionally cocooned himself in an effort to prevent being further assaulted by the dysfunction of others. It's as though Charlie Brown stopped trying to kick the football because he knows that Lucy is just going to pull it out of the way and he is going to end up flat on his back with the wind knocked out of him.
Lindsay (Winona) has suffered heartbreak but still clings to the hope that maybe, there is something out there that she has not yet found, but must exist, not unlike Mendeleev's reserving a place for yet-to-be-identified elements. She feels that there are indications that true love must exist out there even though she has never personally seen it in her field studies.
Keanu & Winona are fantastic together and and they take the concept of dripping with disdain to the next level but never to the point of losing their sense of humanity and sweetness. Keanu and Winona are downright snarky, hilarious and vulnerable at the same time. Both have gotten better with age.
A truly fine chef knows that one must add a little acid and a pinch of salt in order to properly enhance the sweetness of a dish. Too much sweetness is nauseating and too much acid or salt is caustic and abrasive. Victor Levin has concocted the perfectly balanced recipe for a modern day boy-meets-girl story. Judging from how he expresses himself through this movie, he's the kind of guy you want sitting next to you at a dinner party.
If you are a fan of the dynamic between Andy and April on Parks and Recreation, I think you will enjoy Destination Wedding.
P.S. I apologize for being a gargantuan windbag.
Lindsay: Why didn't we meet seven years ago?
Frank: Just lucky I guess.
Destination Wedding (Germany) • Végállomás: esküvő (Hungary) • Tikslas - vestuves! (Lithuania) • Как женить холостяка (Russia)
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