This toast to weddings isn't bubbly

Review C

September 22, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Debbie Isitt's sweet, fizzless British mockumentary Confetti contains too many moments that mockumentary master Christopher Guest (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) would have left on the cutting room floor - or never taken to the soundstage. This tale of three couples competing for the title of "most original wedding of the year" in a promotion cooked up by a bridal magazine, also called Confetti, is woefully unoriginal as an improvisational farce.

The setup is promising. As the deviser of the contest says, most people would not want to have their wedding taken over by a gimmick, but some would. (The prize is a new house.) Still, your expectations drop pretty swiftly when the competitors turn out to be a mismatched pair of tennis players, a lower-middle-class couple who love musical comedy, and naturists who want to do their nuptials in the nude. Add in two wedding planners who could have come out of a local cable version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and stock supporting characters like an amorous tennis coach, and you have gimmickry piled on gimmickry.

Confetti (Fox Searchlight) Starring Jessica Stevenson, Martin Freeman. Directed by Debbie Isitt. Rated R. Time 100 minutes.

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