“Everyone’s invited to ‘Our Family Wedding,’ the hilarious and heartwarming comedy with an all-star cast, including Academy Award Winner Forrest Whitaker and stand-up superstar Carlos Mencia. When college students Marcus and Lucia (Lance Gross and ‘Ugly Betty’s’ America Ferrera) make a surprise engagement announcement, their feuding fathers (Whitaker and Mencia) threaten to turn a dream wedding into a battle royal. Throw in eccentric relatives and clashing cultures, and you’ve got a recipe for laugh-out-loud lunacy – it’s an event you can’t miss”
“Our Family Wedding” is rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief strong language.
Then as the families were introduced and the fathers started doing battle, it almost felt like some modern take on “Romeo and Juliet.” The two lovers were torn between two warring families. Unfortunately, “Our Family Wedding” didn’t take the story in that direction either.
We were then treated to a scene where Carlos Mencia as Miguel Ramirez is in a bathroom snooping around. It leads to the embarrassing destruction of the future in-law’s bathroom. While much of the movie was somewhat reality-based, here we saw Mencia over-acting and treating the scene like one of the Three Stooges. It was then that I realized what this movie was doing. It was ripping off “Father of the Bride” and every other wedding movie ever made, but in a bad way. You name a cliché from a wedding movie and you’ll find it here.
While the cast (with the exception of Carlos Mencia) is quite good, the script for the film is terrible. There are a ton of missed opportunities, the lead actors act like children fighting each other, and the movie does nothing original with the subject matter. It’s a disappointment on all fronts.
Who should check this movie out? I can’t recommend it to Whitaker fans because it’s not a great role for him. I can’t recommend it to Ferrera fans because she’s not in it all that much – the movie focuses on the fathers. I guess I’d recommend it to Carlos Mencia fans and anyone that’s a sucker for wedding comedies, no matter how good or bad they are. While “Our Family Wedding” generates a few laughs, it’s not enough to make up for the rest of the movie.
The bonus features on this DVD are quite light. You’ll only find a gag reel and a few deleted or extended scenes. Considering the movie is already an hour and 43 minutes long, I’m surprised there was any remaining footage.