Like any failed comedy about failed people, Samoan Wedding is mostly depressing. The men have to be forced, manipulated and trained to be nearly-nice people. The women in their lives, instead of starting a faux-lesbian community as a plausible excuse to avoid them, put up with so much nonsense, and forgive them so easily, that the rare moments of humour are swamped.
You're left feeling mainly disgust at the pitiful lack of pride shown by most of the characters. Could this so called comedy really be a sinister right-wing plot, aiming to discredit and denigrate Samoan culture in New Zealand? If not, it certainly unintentionally performs that function.
Ham-headed, sexist and deeply depressing, this comedy is an unconvincing overaged frat-boy ramble that is as predictable as it's bad. It's like a first-year film project without the charm or a bad American rom-com without the gloss (by the way, the Americans are busy remaking it, undoubtedly with prettier people and even more fart and bum jokes.)
By the end of this pitiful farce, you'll find you couldn't care less about the happy ending. Any ending will do. Bring on the credits. I doubt many people will stay to read them.
- Jean Barker
The chaos, tension and painful family dynamics surrounding a wedding are romantic comedy gold. But you still need loveable characters, natural dialogue and a bit of class. Instead we get drunks, misogynists and depressing stereotypes.
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