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The Diva's DVD Review of Our Family Wedding (2010)


The Diva's review of
Our Family Wedding (2010)


Our Family WEdding
Rated;running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by: Wayne Conley, Malcolm Spellman and Rick Famuyiwa
Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
Cast: Forest Whitaker , America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, Lance Gross , Diana Maria Riva, Anjelah Johnson , Lupe Ontiveros, Taye Digg
Theatrical Release Date: 3/13/10 DVD Release July 13, 2010

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 13% - Rotten
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross
International Gross $50,823,111
Worldwide Gross $145,658,170


The Digest

Marcus Boyd (Lance Gross) Lucia Ramirez (America Ferrara) have some news for their folks. Not only will they be meeting each others families for the first time, they are announcing that they are getting married. It doesn’t matter that has finished medical school and is joining Doctors without Borders. He’s black and she’s Mexican and this is sure to stun her family. She has dropped out of law school to become a teacher. A fact that her parents don’t know but should his father find out, he will think that she is not good enough for his son.

Lucia’s parents, Miguel (Carlos Mencia) and Sonia (Diana Maria Riva) are harding working upper middle class americans who got married young while Marcus’ upscale father Brad, (Forest Whitaker) is a divorced, womanizing d. j. They couldn’t be more opposite. Their relationship is off to a rocky start due to a fight between Brad and Miguel before they even know who the other is.

Once they inform their parents and Marcus’ mother figure, Brad’s best friend Angela (Regina King) that they are getting married in 3 short weeks, they pair must overcome the obstacles of race and lack of honesty to make it down the aisle, but not before they have to do some soul-searching and decide what is really important to them.

The Dish

Um wow. And not in a good way. I went through an identity crisis when I was a teenager. I wanted to be Hispanic. All had a Mexican boy friend, I spoke mostly in Spanish and I hung out with all the chicas. I changed my name to Kamalita and essentially drove my mother, who doesn’t speak Spanish, crazy. This phase lasted roughly a year. It ended when I went to Tijuana on the trolley and thought it would be cute to come back over the border and communicate with customs in their native tongue. Cool right? Not when you ain’t got no papers! All I had was my ASB card. My mother had to come to the border with my birth certificate and that ended my identity crisis, under duress..

So my point of all this was twofold – one, in my experience, I was welcome into every home I went into and my boyfriends mother and grandmother adored me as much as I them. I spent a lot of time there. And Carlos was and still is fine, btw. I coulda been Senora Rodriguez.. Hah! I can’t speak for every Mexican family, but I never once saw a goat brought in for sacrifice at a wedding. I never saw one ‘Tia” or Abuelita destroy a cake out of spite. I liked that Lucia was studying to be lawyer and that her family was upper middle class. I had high hopes, but then the stereotypes quickly bore that out to ridiculousness.

I might have been able to forgive some of this if the movie had actually been funny. I spent most of my time just scratching my head. It reminded me of “Soul Plane”, in that I’m sure that everyone really thought it was a good idea. Or better still one of the actors signed on for whatever reason and the rest followed- “It’s got Forrest Whittaker attached!”

The Directive

I really wanted to like this. Perhaps if you can just  not deal with the racial aspects of it, you'll find it funnier than I did.

3BC Ratingsred light


Our Family Mess.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2010

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3BC Ratings Elementary, My dear readers. But not in a nice way.

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