Destination Wedding


Destination Wedding

Directed By: Victor Levin
Starring: Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, DJ Dallenbach, Ted Dubost, D. Rosh Wright, Greg Lucey, Donna Lynn Jones, et. al.
Rated: R
Grade: C+

On their way to the wedding of a mutual friend, two socially awkward narcissists, Lindsay and Frank, meet and take an instant dislike to one another. As they find themselves continually paired off during the weekend’s festivities, their initial dislike slowly evolves to a tolerance for each other. Their bond, developed through a mutual hatred of nearly everything in life, slowly strengthens after they encounter a mountain lion when they take a walk in order to avoid the wedding reception. After tumbling down a hill while escaping the animal, they decide to enter into a sexual relationship, if only for the remainder of the weekend. However, as the weekend comes to a close, they ponder what it would be like to have a relationship after they return home.

This is a difficult movie analyze. The entirety of it is spent with the two main characters, with no one else having an actual speaking role. By the end, you’re thinking that these two deserve each other, but are strangely happy for them as well. Among the difficult pieces is Frank’s relationship to the groom (I think they mention his name as Tom, but he’s not named in the credits). It’s unclear whether they’re just good friends, or if they’re step/half-siblings. Franks mother and stepfather are in attendance, so I’m leaning towards the latter option. The acting itself is well-done, though the constant chunks of dialogue tend to wear on you after a while. Ryder and Reeves still have good chemistry, and they manage to make their characters into a believable couple.

There aren’t any special effects beyond background filler, which is done well. The location they filmed at offers some lovely scenery.

All in all, if you don’t mind what amounts to a dialogue-heavy two person stage play about rampant, unapologetic narcissists deciding whether or not it’s worth the effort to fall in love, then you’ll probably like this movie. It may not be a typical rom-com that’s laugh out loud funny, but there are moments of chuckle-worthy humor sprinkled throughout the film.

Destination Wedding is available to stream through Amazon Prime, and it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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