Wedding Daze (Blu-ray)
What can I say about WEDDING DAZE? Maybe I should discuss the lack of chemistry? The painful line delivery? The lackluster direction? Lets start here: WEDDING DAZE was actually the films third title. The uninspired “The Pleasure of Your Company” was the films original title, but was changed to the more apt (and actually realistic and interesting) “The Next Girl I See”. Finally, the film ended upon the title WEDDING DAZE… which is, in my opinion, the worst of the titles that were under consideration. The title situation is kind of a microcosm of the issues within this movie – they just couldn’t make good choices, and when they did I don’t think they stuck with them.
WEDDING DAZE is the story of a young man named Anderson (Jason Biggs of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and AMERICAN PIE fame). At the open of the film, we meet Anderson and his best friend Ted on the evening Anderson is to propose to his girlfriend Veronica. Anderson is to meet Veronica for dinner, but upon his proposal she dies. We then skip ahead a year, where Anderson has essentially shut down since the incident. He doesn’t go out; he doesn’t clean or take care of himself. Ted drops by and requests Anderson come to dinner with him – where they meet Katie, and where Anderson immediately proposes to her.
Katie is played by Isla Fisher, who had her breakout role in WEDDING CRASHERS the year before this movie was released (2005). This is the kind of film that should have worked for Fisher on paper… but it doesn’t. Ted is played by Michael Weston, probably best known for his recurring roles on television favorites HOUSE, LAW & ORDER: SVU and SCRUBS. I remember seeing him on HOUSE and wishing that he would have a chance to carry something larger… but it appears that the quality of the writing certainly has a bearing on these actors’ abilities to carry the piece. While Fisher and Weston were quite funny in their prior roles, they seem completely out of their element here and are not ever able to recover.
Jason Biggs as Anderson is another disappointment. Honestly, I haven’t really understood his appeal since AMERICAN PIE, but “to each his own”. Here, however, he is once again cast as that same character, and it is tired. The cast is rounded out with some fabulous character actors including: Joe Pantoliano, Joanna Gleason, Edward Herrman, Rob Corddry, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Jay O. Sanders. These folks actually have scenes that made me laugh out loud, but they are too few and far between.
Michael Ian Black, as the writer and director, presents what must be his worst material in this film. I enjoy him on twitter and his cynical sense of humor has worked well on shows like BEST WEEK EVER, but he mostly deals in “blue” material so be warned. This movie does not deviate from his usual formula, but it certainly works better for me in small doses. It’s horrible, and the Blu-ray package is worse. There is nothing in the way of extras here, not even a gag real or outtakes. A movie like this should have SOMETHING interesting in the package. Something worthwhile. What we get is a coaster. This is a movie I would not recommend to an enemy.
Video: (1080p, 1.85:1 Widescreen) The movie looks fine, the shots are crisp and the transfer is vibrant. You can almost see the actors cringing…
Audio: (DTS-HD Master Audio English 5.1, Spanish 5.1 DTS, French 5.1 DTS) The sound is fine. Actually, the music chosen to compliment the film is the best thing about this movie – it actually works when everything else feels discordant.
Deleted and/or Alternate Scenes:
the Dancer – Alternate Opening (01:56) I don’t know why this was included on the DVD. A worthless “alternate” opening.
Heart Explode (01:25) Another scene that was justly deleted from the film is included here.
Eating Chicken (01:27) A strange scene featuring “Joey Pants” and Ms. Gleason.