Our Family Wedding (2010)

Rated PG-13. Our ratings: V- 1, L- 3, S/N-4. Running time: 1 hour, 30 min.

The beginning of strife is like letting out water;
so stop before the quarrel breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
Romana 12:9-10

The wedding of Lucia and Marcus brings together two cultures–and two once hostile fathers.

2010 Fox Searchlight Films

Director and co-scripter Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy has its moments, but this is a film that you can af ford to miss. Lucia Ramirez (America Ferrera) and Marcus Boyd (Lance Gross) decide to get married when they return to their hometown of L.A., but when they introduce their families, there is more than the usual culture clash. Their fathers had already met when Miguel (Carlos Mencia) had towed away Brad’s (Forest Whitaker) fancy car because of a parking violation.

Many of the insane events that transpire would have been avoided if one of the fathers had possessed enough maturity to call a halt to the escalating conflict. This, of course, would have meant no movie, or else a very different one in which real concerns of melding African American and Latino cultures would have been explored.

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