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The People We Hate At The Wedding
                       review by Bobby Blakey


Wedding comedies offer up the perfect setting for a wide variety of zany shenanigans. The latest, The People We Hate At The Wedding boasts a great cast including Allison Janney, Kristen Bell, Ben Platt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Dustin Milligan, Isaach De Bankolé, Karan Soni, Tony Goldwyn, Jorma Taccone, Julian Ovenden, and John Macmillan from director Claire Scanlon. Could this film bring the heart and laughs or will it not be worth a wedding toast?

The People We Hate At The Wedding follows dysfunctional American siblings Alice and Paul, along with their ever-optimistic mom, are invited to the British wedding of their estranged half-sister Eloise as a chance for them to reconnect as–more or less–adults, and learn to love each other like they once did.

From the title and poster you can pretty much tell the kind of movie you are going to get and it falls right into that idea. Sure there are so many predictable elements, but that doesn’t make it any less funny or entertainment. The cast are all great and it offers up a little bit of everything to bring the laughs, but where it worked more so for me is that the usual trope of some of these characters are shaken up in some variables to make it feel like something a little different.

The initial set up is pretty cliché, but once we get to their adult lives it hits the ground running setting up all the separate lives of these characters. Everyone has their drama and you right out the gate that it will all follow them to the weddings in some fashion. This leads to all the outlandish repercussions you expect from everyone involved and the laughs that follow.

This cast all have great dysfunctional chemistry together that makes you buy into their family and issues. With the laughs is a lot of real life pain and struggles that pretty much anyone can relate to some of the issues. While it

does work some might find it too predictable and by the numbers as it does well, but never really pushes outside of the that familiar territory to truly step up its game.

I had a good time with this film and got exactly what I expected out of it. Decide for yourself and check out The People We Hate At The Wedding streaming now exclusively on Prime Video.

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