"Unacceptable Wedding Chaos"
What You Need To Know:
SISTER OF THE GROOM is too gritty and should have been funnier. It has a strong Romantic worldview mixed with some Jewish, moral elements. For example, Audrey dreams what like would have been like if she hadn’t married Ethan and hadn’t had children. However, the main characters come from Jewish families and display a desire for marriage and Jewish tradition. SISTER OF THE GROOM has many “f” words, many light profanities, strong lewd content, drug use, and brief nudity. Media-wise viewers will find the movie excessive and ultimately unacceptable.
The movie begins with Audrey and Ethan, a married couple and parents of two on their way to attend Audrey’s brother, Liam’s wedding. The pair spend the drive to the Hamptons, the wedding location, prepping for the family dynamics and meeting Liam’s fiancée, Clemence’s family, who are French.
Once Audrey and Ethan arrive at their family’s property, they do many customary pre-wedding things like have lunch with Liam’s future in-laws. The lunch turns out to be a little awkward at some points. The duo also settle into their room for the weekend, which they have to share with other wedding guests they don’t know. Meanwhile, Audrey is self-conscious of her body and skeptical that Clemence might not be the right match for her brother.
Audrey tries to bond with Clemence and have some girl talk, but it’s clear there’s a weird power trip happening between the two. Clemence is going to be the Number One lady in Liam’s life, which means Audrey will have to take a backseat. As these realities start to become more tangible, Audrey looks at her own life and her dissatisfaction with the way her life turned out.. For example, at one point she wanted to be a successful architect, but then married a nice Jewish man and had a family. The list of regrets goes on and on for Audrey as the wedding draws near.
Things come to a head when Audrey overhears that Clemence had an abortion just three weeks ago! Audrey tells Liam of Clemence’s secret that she kept, and he almost calls off the wedding. However, Audrey wonders why he still wants to go through with the nuptials? Isn’t this the biggest red flag of all? Despite Audrey’s feelings, Liam still wants to marry Clemence. After all, it’s not easy to find a nice Jewish French girl, he says.
Then, with all the chaos of the wedding weekend in full swing, Audrey and Ethan get into a squabble that pushes Audrey into the arms of an old flame who’s a wedding guest. Can these characters get their priorities straight?
SISTER OF THE GROOM, from the title alone, sounds like a funny comedy about the real-life shifts that siblings go through when one of them gets married. Sadly, SISTER OF THE GROOM only goes down in acceptability as the minutes of the movie pass. The well-seasoned cast, which includes the wonderful CLUELESS alum Alicia Silverstone, perform their roles well, but there’s not too much of an entertainment value since the script is super gritty and not very funny. That said, the movie does a good job giving viewers a timeline for onscreen events by rolling out chapter headings that mirror a wedding invitation.
SISTER OF THE GROOM has a strong Romantic worldview. The title character, Audrey, dreams what her life would’ve been like if she hadn’t married her husband and stayed at home as a mother. The movie also stresses the idea of “living in the moment.” Despite this, the main characters come from Jewish families and display a desire for marriage and Jewish tradition. In some scenes, however, wedding quests discuss religion from varying Non-Christian, unbiblical or false perspectives. For instance, one woman says she’s an atheist. A Jewish characters says, “God is everywhere.” Also, other people mention the Hindu concept of karma or display a New Age belief system by talking about “energy.” SISTER OF THE GROOM also has many “f” words, many light profanities, strong lewd content, brief nudity, drug use, and references to abortion. MOVIEGUIDE® finds the movie excessive and ultimately unacceptable.