The Wedding Party (1997)

CHERIE NOWLAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

Alternate title:  Thank God He Met Lizzie

Australia1997.  Stamen Films Pty. Ltd., The Australian Film Commission, New South Wales Film & Television Office.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Lamenting the lack of love in his life, is over the moon when a charmingly silly incident involving a pregnant cat puts him in the way of beautiful socialite Cate Blanchett, who after six weeks agrees to be his wife. On the night of the wedding reception, however, he suddenly finds himself flooded with memories of his last serious relationship, a passionate love affair with a mercurial woman () whose eccentricities were inspiring at times and impossible to deal with at others. This bittersweet romantic comedy never plays anything up for laughs, glossing over the typical cliches of wedding movies as if it already knows that we’ve seen it all before. It’s also not particularly captivating, but its wisely written ending breaks away from the formula in an admirable way. It is also worth seeing for Blanchett’s performance, a role that brought her the prominence (and an Australian Film Institute award) that soon led to her international stardom.

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