Strap yourselves in because you’re about to embark on 100 minutes of hilarity.
Love Wedding Repeat opens to a voiceover from the one and only Judy Dench and from that moment on it only gets funnier.
I’m not normally a fan of rom-coms where more often than not we see a woman’s life dramatically improved by a guy, only for it to go to shit when they argue and then return to normal after a ridiculous chase to the airport.
But Love Wedding Repeat is unlike any rom-com I’ve ever seen.
Dean Craig’s directorial debut is an absolute triumph. His remake of the 2012 French romantic comedy film Plan de Table is a laugh a minute comedy.
The movie starts with a goodbye between (Sam Claflin) and Dina (Olivia Munn) that should have ended with a kiss, but fate had other ideas. But three years later they meet again at the Italian wedding of Jack’s sister Hayley (Eleanor Tomlinson).
Throughout the wedding the table battle a series of alternative versions of the day.
The British table at the wedding include Jack, Dina, Jack’s “nightmare ex” Amanda (Freida Pinto) and her insecure new boyfriend Chaz (Allan Mustafa), boring kilt-wearing non-Scot Sidney (Tim Key), intense Rebecca (Aisling Bea), wannabe actor and man of honour Bryan (Joel Fry) and Marc (Jack Farthing), an uninvited coked-up former fling of the bride who threatens to ruin the whole day.
You’ll cringe as the group of misfit friends experience alternate versions of the wedding and Jack struggles to make sure his little sister has the perfect wedding day. We witness their chaotic escapades play out, before seeing another version of events if they were seated differently.
Love Wedding Repeat has all the framework of a Richard Curtis rom-com ala Four Weddings and a Funeral, but takes it to a whole new level. I just loved it. It’s awkwardly hilarious. Everything that could go wrong at a wedding does, there’s terrible encounters with ex’s, romantic mishaps and accidental drugging.
Claflin gives a very Hugh Grant-esque performance where you can’t help but feel for him. Will his sister’s wedding go off without a hitch? Can he avoid his angry ex? Will he finally catch up with one that keeps getting away?
If you haven’t seen Love Wedding Repeat you need to. If you’ve already watched it, give it a 2nd viewing.
By Ruth Barrett
Available to stream on Netflix