It’s been a while since I hit a free screening at the Meridian. A few things were odd this time around. First, they had a sign up for general theater patrons stating that recording devices were not allowed. Not -use- of recording devices. -Possession-. For now I will just say “hmm” but if they intend to start enforcing that policy, well, they have only themselves to blame for a drop in box office. People don’t enjoy being treated as if they are criminals, and there comes a point where waiting for DVD becomes pretty attractive. The other odd thing was that they let us in 45 minutes early … and didn’t search our bags. Perhaps only odd if you’re a free screening regular.
But anyway. Confetti. (Oh my god, Jessica Stevenson’s fiance was Arthur Dent. Jeeze. No wonder he looked familiar.) It was cute, and really, better than I thought it would be, but the audience needs to die. The premise of the film is three couples competing to have the most original wedding and thus win a house. It’s an improvised mockumentary, and the heart (and sanity) of the film is the wedding planners, a middle-aged gay couple, just as sweet as you please, very sympathetically portrayed. And every single time they were -themselves- and charming or showed the tiniest bit of affection the audience -laughed-. Ugh. And, okay, I understand that laughter is a typical response when people are uncomfortable. I get that. Just because I understand it doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it, though. I just want to throw up my hands and yell “GET FUCKING COMFORTABLE ALREADY.”
Which doesn’t help. But. There you go. Movie cute. Includes half of the cast of “Green Wing” (or so it felt) and lots of non-sexual nudity, for those who feel that they need to be warned about that sort of thing.