Film review: The People We Hate at the Wedding (2022, Amazon Prime Video)

The People We Hate at the Wedding // By Claire Scanlon. With Allison Janney, Isaach de Bankolé and Kristen Bell.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is a bit like those little American comedies with big names in the cast but nothing in the script that came out on the sly in the middle of summer at our cinema. Now that there are platforms, we have them all year round and The People We Hate at the Wedding is no exception to the tradition. A romantic comedy with a marriage and family problems? This is what awaits you in The People We Hate at the Wedding. Despite the presence of Allison Janney (Mom) and Kristen Bell (The Good Place) or even Ben Platt (The Politician), The People We Hate at the Wedding is never up to par. None of the talents present is able to save the film from an expected sinking. I’ve always loved wedding films, even more so when there are actors and actresses in the cast that I adore. But despite all that the film wants to offer us, this one offers nothing new and is only a bad rehash of a whole bunch of much more successful films in the genre.

A dysfunctional family is forced to meet to celebrate a wedding. Family secrets are about to be revealed, but that might just be what this unique family needs to understand each other…

The People We Hate at the Wedding is based on a novel of the same name by Grant Ginder. It’s simple, basic and there was plenty to do with it something fresh and fun. But you get bored quickly. There aren’t really any characters to get attached to in this film, which is necessarily problematic because we’re looking for a bit of comfort and not lots of people we hate to meet during weddings. The alchemy and comedy that Claire Scanlon was able to create in Little Set Ups (2018) is never there. We end up with a film so generic that it quickly becomes boring. The other mistake here is to make Allison Janney something she is not. The actress is much better when she is ironic and full of surprises. Which is not the case in The People We Hate at the Wedding. There are plenty of crazy moments that could have made this movie something but it ends up being as uninteresting as possible. The characters are all more or less unsympathetic, to the chagrin of the viewer.

This is without counting on the cruel lack of humor. I haven’t laughed once despite all the situations that are supposed to make people laugh. There are also no sincere emotions due to the film’s inability to attach us to the characters. An ok wedding romantic comedy but there are already so many better ones elsewhere. Go back instead to see The Father of the Bride (the original film not its remake) or even My best friends.

Rating: 2/10. In short, The People We Hate at the Wedding has nothing to offer. Despite a nice cast, the film is boring, never funny and never touching.

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