Our Family Wedding

March 12th, 2010


Our Family Wedding

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Still of Rick Famuyiwa in Our Family WeddingStill of Taye Diggs and Lance Gross in Our Family WeddingAnjelah N. Johnson at event of Our Family WeddingStill of Forest Whitaker, Regina King, America Ferrera and Lance Gross in Our Family WeddingStill of America Ferrera and Lance Gross in Our Family WeddingStill of Forest Whitaker and Charlie Murphy in Our Family Wedding

The weeks leading up to a young couple's wedding is comic and stressful, especially as their respective fathers try to lay to rest their feud.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.1/10 (3,114 voted)

Critic's Score: 38/100

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Stars: America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia

"Our marriage, their wedding." It's lesson number one for any newly engaged couple, and Lucia and Marcus are no exception. In Our Family Wedding, they learn the hard way that the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife. When they return from college and too suddenly announce their marriage plans, they soon discover that their fathers - two highly competitive over-the-top egos - can wreak a major amount of havoc on their special day. With insults flying and tempers running high, it's anyone's guess if the alpha dads will survive to make it down the aisle in one piece. Lucia's mother is busy planning the wedding of "her" dreams and the only levelheaded one in the bunch is Angela, the groom's father's best friend and lawyer, who manages to keep her cool when the madness reaches a crescendo. With only weeks to plan their wedding...

Writers: Wayne Conley, Wayne Conley

Forest Whitaker - Brad Boyd
America Ferrera - Lucia Ramirez
Carlos Mencia - Miguel Ramirez
Regina King - Angela
Lance Gross - Marcus Boyd
Diana Maria Riva - Sonia Ramirez
Lupe Ontiveros - Momma Cecilia
Anjelah N. Johnson - Isabella Ramirez (as Anjelah Johnson)
Charles Q. Murphy - T.J. (as Charlie Murphy)
Shannyn Sossamon - Ashley McPhee
Tonita Castro - Aunt Rosita
Anna Maria Horsford - Diane Boyd
Warren Sapp - Wendell Boyd
Shondrella Avery - Keisha Boyd
Sterling Ardrey - Ardom Boyd (as Sterling D. Ardrey)

Taglines: To have and to hold... 'Til dads do us part.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 12 March 2010

Filming Locations: California, USA

Opening Weekend: $7,629,862 (USA) (14 March 2010) (1605 Screens)

Gross: $20,246,959 (USA) (13 June 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Lupe Ontiveros played America Ferrera's mother in the film "Real Women Have Curves" (2002). In this film, she plays her grandmother.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the wedding ceremony, the priest is explaining the symbolism of the "lasso" but as it is being placed on the bride and groom's shoulders, his mouth is not moving.

User Review

Flawed but enjoyable

Rating: 6/10

Do not pay attention to the ridiculously low rating this film has accumulated. It's hardly one of the best movies you'll ever see, but it is overall much more enjoyable than not.

The young leads are a charming, believable couple, and you do root for them.

I thought the more obvious (meaning unfunny) racial jokes were actually kept to a respectable minimum, considering that culture clash is the main premise of the movie.

Some scenes work better than others. One involving the families figuring out the "seating schematic" is quite clever and funny. One involving a bathroom is a rather shameless and unfunny ripoff of a scene from "Father of the Bride."

Carlos Mencia, I have to say, I don't think is funny or a particularly good actor. I kept finding myself imagining someone else in the part (*cough* George Lopez... or anyone else, really). But he wasn't enough to ruin the movie for me.

The best parts of the movie were the story with Forest Whitaker and Regina King, and anything with Charlie Murphy, who has a small but hilarious role. The one scene featuring him and Taye Diggs was the one time I laughed HARD. And yes, as another reviewer pointed out, the actress playing the sister was excellent.

Most of the plot points are predictable, yes, but I didn't really hold that against "Our Family Wedding." I at least had a better time than I've had at most real weddings. I give it a 6 out of 10.


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