2 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes
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When I say that the “The Engagement Party” is a wacky movie, I don’t mean that in a good way. The winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Edmonds International Film Festival certainly has a lot going for it when it comes to crowd pleasing, but as a family drama, it’s torture.
Following a day in the life of a young Jewish couple at their engagement party, the cast of what seems like non-actors fails to deliver anything other than a big plate of schmaltz. Katy and Matthew deal with the problems a lot of couples face when preparing for marriage. But with the major conflicts and conversation revolving around gifts, a Kosher kitchen, what’s for dinner and engagement rings, I have to ask, is this really material worthy of a movie? It’s more like watching insanely boring home videos. I didn’t expect to be shocked by this film but during the dull family drama Matthew’s father is caught by the kids getting a blow job! A BJ in a closet! I am not kidding! It seems totally unlikely that this 50 year-old man would risk disrupting a family gathering just to get a blow job from another man. As a story point, it’s forced and unrealistic. Besides investing more time in writing a better script, the filmmakers might also look into getting better wigs for some of the cast, Matthew’s sister’s hair was about as fake as the dialog.

Posted on September 4, 2000 in Reviews by

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