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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Weak tea is better than none at all. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Ernest Hardy

    The costumes are gorgeous, and the settings are plush, but the acting is merely serviceable, and the film lacks either the wit or the energy of its predecessors. Long before it ends, you find yourself indifferent to the fate of the mismatched lovebirds or anyone else in the tale.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    There isn't much of anything here that hasn't been done elsewhere, but as the film rolls merrily along it reminds why wedding comedies are such ripe targets.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A sustained balancing act between dry upper-crust cynicism and pent-up passions, Donald Rice's Cheerful Weather for the Wedding maintains its uneasy stasis long enough to frustrate some romance-hungry viewers while tantalizing those for whom withheld pleasure is the whole point.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Period drama has simmering conflict, lacks resolution.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is anything but cheerful. A large group of family members and assorted friends gathers for a young woman's marriage in post-WWI England, an event that she seems to be anticipating with dread. Expect plenty of interpersonal conflict as characters act on their various motives (which aren't always pure). There's also lots of drinking (accurate for the era), and some characters get pretty tipsy. There are also some passionate kissing and veiled references to characters' sexual histories, though little is said directly.

  • Families can talk about how Cheerful Weather for the Wedding portrays relationships. Do Joseph and Dolly belong together? Why is Dolly marrying someone else? What role do social/familial expectations play?
  • Why do the characters in this period English drama so rarely say what they really think? Do you think that's an accurate depiction of the time period/social class?
  • Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: True love may not always win out; Joseph and Dolly seem to share a romantic connection, but it's not clear that this bond will be enough to bring them together -- not when she's just hours away from marrying someone else.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Dolly comes from a proper English family and is therefore obligated to conform to many social expectations. Joseph seems willing to ignore convention, but his direct speech is clearly an affront to the more refined characters. Few people actually say what they really mean, so it's often difficult to discern what they might be thinking/feeling.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some intense emotional arguments.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A couple kisses passionately, and there are a few veiled allusions to a woman's sexual history.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The wealthy characters drink steadily all through the film, including wine, champagne, and scotch. The bride pulls repeatedly from a jug of rum to steel her nerves.

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