'The Big Wedding' and a movie dream wedding
Everybody loves a wedding. Especially Hollywood, which throws brides and grooms on the big screen as often as comic book characters.
The latest bride down the aisle is Missy (Amanda Seyfried), who's marrying Alejandro (Ben Barnes) in "The Big Wedding," which opens April 26. Looking on are his mom (Diane Keaton), dad (Robert De Niro), dad's new wife (Susan Sarandon), plus sibs, waiters and priest (Robin Williams). Alejandro was adopted, his bio-mama is coming to the wedding and, oops, he never explained that his adoptive parents divorced. Naturally, they need to pretend they're still married to keep bio-mama happy -- because that kind of scheme always works, right?
Slaps, punches and punch lines ensue.
This got us to thinking about great celluloid weddings. Like fantasy football, we have our dream team.
Elizabeth Taylor ("Father of the Bride," 1950). Let the fighting commence. This was brutal! Sure, there's Robin Wright pre-Penn ("The Princess Bride," 1987), Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding," 2002), Elsa Lanchester ("The Bride of Frankenstein," 1935). But we gotta go with Liz, whose age (18) matched her waist size -- and who racked up eight weddings herself (to seven grooms).
Chris Sarandon ("The Princess Bride"), Christopher Plummer ("The Sound of Music," 1965), Winston Chao ("The Wedding Banquet," 1993) and Johnny Depp ("Corpse Bride," 2005) all have their appeal, but Eddie Murphy's an actual prince ("Coming to America," 1988) who wants a woman who'll "arouse my intellect as well as my loins." Smart man.
BRIDESMAIDS AND GROOMSMEN
"Bridesmaids" (2011), meet "The Hangover" dudes (2009). Done.
Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine ("Greek Wedding").
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane ("The Birdcage," 1996). Chat them up at the reception, and maybe they'll invite you down to South Beach.
It's hard to ignore Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers," 2005), but looking to score with chicks must take second place to Dustin Hoffman's honorable intentions ("The Graduate," 1967).
Earnest '80s mullet lover Adam Sandler ("The Wedding Singer," 1998). Honorable mention to Rupert Everett ("My Best Friend's Wedding," 1997) for his rousing "I Say a Little Prayer," which looks almost improvised but took three days to meticulously shoot.