MOVIE: *1/2 (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ** (out of 5)
Dan Fogler as CARMINE MARCONI
Brendan Sexton III as ANTHONY MARCONI
Jon Polito as LOU BURNS
Patti D’Arbanville as SONYA WEITZMAN
Steven Randazzo as MR. MARCONI
Marcia Jean Kurtz as ANNETTE MARCONI
Zoe Lister Jones as LAUREN MCSHERRY
Directed by: Michael Canzoniero & Marco Ricci
Studio: Screen Media Films
BY KEVIN CARR
It was only after I watched “Wedding Bros.” that I learned the film was originally called “The Marconi Bros.” This makes sense considering it seems the only way to really get someone to rent or buy this flick is to make them think that it’s a rip-off of “Wedding Crashers.” (This is supported by the cover-box tag-line “The Original Crashers.”)
But don’t be fooled. “Wedding Crashers” this is not. “Bride Wars” this is not. “Hardware Wars” this is not.
“Wedding Bros.” follows two bumbling brothers who want bigger and better things than working in their family’s carpet business. When they stumble upon a wealthy wedding videographer who needs help, the brothers are bitten by the filmmaking buzz. They struggle with a new business of wedding videography and find love with a cute wedding photographer.
If you’re watching an art film made by a foreign genius, it makes sense that you’d have to pay strict attention and still risk losing track of the story. However, when it’s a low-rent independent romantic comedy, this is unacceptable. It’s not that the story is hard to fathom. Rather, the movie plods through its scenes and never really finds a track, let alone stays on it.
“Wedding Bros.” reminds me of the DVD flop “Everybody Wants to Be Italian,” which featured an irritating and abrasive lead character trying to fall in love with a woman who has no depth but it just pretty enough to commit to celluloid. I really didn’t care about the characters, or the comedy. Dying is easy; comedy is hard. And “Wedding Bros.” died.
The DVD comes with an extended scene along with the director’s commentary.