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Wedding Wars

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Wedding Wars
Directed by: Jim Fall
(Sony Pictures)
Attention, John Stamos-loving Haligonians: Wedding Wars was filmed last year in our fair city. The made-for-TV movie is now available to rent, so those who didn't see it on A&E last December can catch up. (Phew.) In the film, gay wedding planner Shel (Stamos) agrees to help his semi-estranged brother Ben (Eric Dane, Grey's Anatomy) arrange his nuptials to the daughter of Maine's governor. Then, the governor (James Brolin) gives a speech articulating his wishy-washy position toward gay marriage—he's all for gay rights, but against gay matrimony. Ben wrote the speech. Understandably peeved, Shel decides to go on strike and launches a one-man protest for gay marriage rights. Soon, the rest of America's gay population goes on strike, too. Faux-dramatic tension ensues: How will Ben get married without Shel's help? Wedding Wars isn't very good. "Wacky" instrumental music plays as non-wacky shenanigans take place—it wails as Shel hightails it to the airport with a motorcycle gang. (Don't ask.) Wedding Wars is apparently the first TV movie about gay marriage and its intent is clear—to address an important issue using a light touch, so that people don't feel like they're being preached to. The attempt is commendable, but Wedding Wars is lame.
Lindsay McCarney

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