A Few Best Men (15, 96 mins) Comedy/Romance Xavier Samuel, Laura Brent, Kris Marshall Director: Stephan Elliott Released: Friday August 31
Weddings bring out the best and worst aspects of human nature. The volatile cocktail of alcohol and anticipation, tinged with excitement and regret, sparks an outpouring of heartfelt and sometimes painful emotion.
A Few Best Men witnesses the devastation when an English lad and an Australian girl, who meet on holiday, decide to tie the knot and bring together their dysfunctional clans from opposite sides of the world.
Cultures clash with dire consequences jeopardising the fledgling relationship before the ink has dried on the marriage certificate.
Screenwriter Dean Craig takes inspiration from The Hangover, condemning his four beleaguered heroes to suffer manifold indignities.
A Few Best Men leaves logic standing at the altar as two-dimensional characters stumble from one toe-curling faux pas to the next, leaving destruction and bruised egos in their wake, but Stephan Elliott’s film manages to milk generous laughs from the characters’ misery.
The finale is an almighty mess but like most weddings, once the dust and the dancefloor clears, there’s a happy ending for the people who matter.
n Swearing, No Sex, Violence n Rating: 5/10