Rogue Ten: Ten Outstanding Cinematic Weddings

Monday, 18 April 2011 14:23 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Rogue Ten: Ten Outstanding Cinematic Weddings

Spring is here, and wedding season with it.  Like pollen but without the allergies, love is in the air as couples prepare to organize the weddings of which they've always dreamed, wrangling friends and family into one joyous event.  In honor of the new romantic comedy When Harry Tries To Marry, which opens in theaters on April 22nd, we've listed ten cinematic weddings illustrating how a wedding can go right, or oh-so wrong.

Clueless

This represents what you'd call a "Mega-Happy Ending", with all the major players on hand for a marriage that's fated to last forever.  In this case, it's between Miss Geist and Mr Hall (Twink Caplan and Wallace Shawn), whose relationship was coaxed into being by Alicia Silverstone's Cher Horowitz.  Cher is accompanied by her ex-step brother turned true love Josh, played by none other than Paul Rudd

The Wedding Singer

I'll be real with you here: this one made the list purely for Steve Buscemi playing Spandau Ballet's 80s jam 'True' while Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore tie the proverbial knot.  Romance, thy name is Buscemi.

Father of the Bride

I'm a big fan of Steve Martin, and I do enjoy the remake in which he plays the title role, but for a sweet, old fashioned wedding, look no further than the 1950 original.  An 18 year old Elizabeth Taylor plays as lovely a bride to be as has ever graced the screen.  Spencer Tracy plays her father, whose curmudgeonly refusal to accept his daughter's adulthood gives way to a gentle understanding once the wedding is in full swing.  

Kill Bill


Okay, so it's technically a wedding rehearsal, but it's also the Massacre at Twin Pines, the event that kicks off The Bride's (Uma Thurman) bloody quest for revenge that extends across not one, but two films.  How many other wedding rehearsals have Samuel L. Jackson as a music man and end with bride-to-be being shot in the cranium by her vindictive ex-lover (David Carradine)?

Old School

Todd Phillips' ode to male immaturity kicks off with doomed union between Will Ferrell and Perrey Reeves, with groomsman Vince Vaughn issuing dire warnings at the alter.  The reception that follows contains a perfectly inappropriate drunk toast from Luke Wilson and profanity-laced eighties pop hits from The Dan Band.  Oh and hey, see that handsome gentleman standing next to Vaughn during the ceremony?  That's IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick!

The Deer Hunter


How epic is the wedding ceremony and reception in Michael Cimino's insanely ambitious look at the effects of the Vietnam War?  It's almost 1/3 of a movie that tops out at just three hours.  Over the hour long-wedding sequence, Cimino focuses on many details of a Russian Orthodox wedding, and introduces all the major characters, played by the likes of Christopher Walken, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, John Savage, George Dzundza, and John Cazale.

MacGruber


The opposite of old fashioned sweetness can be found right here. When his old nemesis Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) crashes his wedding with an automatic weapon, MacGruber (Will Forte) must throw the fiend off a cliff, shoot him repeatedly, blow him up, and defile his corpse before before he can say, "I do."

The Godfather


Like The Deer Hunter, Francis Ford Coppola's film begins with a long wedding sequence that introduces us to all the major players.  At the festivities celebrating the marriage of Connie Corleone, her brother, combat veteran Michael (Al Pacino), introduces his girlfriend (Diane Keaton) to the family, and eldest Corleone sibling Sonny (James Caan) tactlessly macks just out of sight.  Most famously, mafia boss Don Vito (Marlon Brando) conducts business in his office. 

The Philadelphia Story

Sometimes, the wedding you planned isn't the one you end up with.  Katharine Hepburn is Tracy Lord, a Philadelphia socialite whose high profile impending nuptials are infiltrated by Dexter Haven, her roustabout former husband played by Cary Grant.  Hijinks and confusion ensue, with Jimmy Stewart also in on the shenanigans. 

The Graduate

A wedding scene that involves Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock interrupting the ceremony, tussling with the father of the bride, using a crucifix as a blunt weapon, and running off with the bride, Elaine Robinson, played by the lovely Katharine Ross.  The climax of Mike Nichols' film manages to encapsulate an exhilarating spirit of generational revolution and the uncertainty that follows any momentous occasion, but especially those undertaken on impulse.

When Harry Tries To Marry opens in theaters on April 22nd.

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